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Kids, Christ, and Culture: What's New Under the Sun (2/1/2006)
  Youth workers are at a bind when it comes to just how much our youth should be involved in our culture and the world. Dr. Russ Moulds provides some advice in this article.
Culture-What Culture (10/1/2004)
  It is often said that Christians should be in the world but not of the world, but does being in the world really mean watching the latest teen gross-out flick or reading all the gossip magazines? In this article, Rev. Terry Dittmer encourages youth workers to spend more time concentrating on "anything excellent or praiseworthy" instead.
Movies as Messages of God (3/1/2004)
  Good movies touch the deepest human experiences and can thus be useful in discussing spiritual matters. This article discusses some of the better ways to go about introducing movies into your youth program.
The Hunger Games Book Talk (4/5/2012)
  A discussion guide for the popular book, The Hunger Games.
The Fault In Our Stars Book Talk (9/21/2012)
  The best-selling teen novel The Fault in Our Stars deals with issues of cancer, life, love and loss.
The Birth and Rise of Holy Hip Hop (5/1/2005)
  Holy Hip-Hop is a genre of music that originated from Hip-Hop. In this article, Nova 4 Jehovah, a Holy Hip-Hop artists, shares from where he came and how his music can work for the good of Christian young people.
Christian Music (2/1/2004)
  In the Christian music industry, artists and mangement alike has embraced the "Christian music" label. What does this self-imposed label say about the industry and the music itself? And what makes an artist or album uniquely "Christian?" This article explores these questions and more.
Advertising and the Christian Message (10/1/2005)
  Advertising provides us with the opportunity to develop an awareness of the fit between the idea being advertised and our interests. But how useful is advertising in the congregational setting? This article provides one perspective.
The Importance of Media (8/7/2012)
  In a world where everything is commercialized, designed for entertainment and split into 30-second sound bites, there can be no escaping the messages or the sly sales pitches of media.
SnapChat (3/7/2013)
  A new app could be a temptation to youth. Here's what you should know about it.
Top 10 Stories of 2010 (2/16/2011)
Dating Violence (2/24/2011)
  In the past, issues of dating and relationship violence prevention was limited to adults who were in serious committed relationships, but over the past years, I have begun to see how important it is to discuss this topic with teens as well.
Girls and Reality TV (3/27/2012)
  A recent survey reveals some noteworthy information about girls and reality TV.
Snark, Crackle, Pop: Fall 2010 Movies (8/31/2010)
Snark, Crackle, Pop: Social Media Blackout (10/19/2010)
  Could you go a whole week without Facebook? Could your teens? What about Twitter? YouTube? Does the thought comfort you or send you spinning into withdrawal?
Snark, Crackle, Pop: Academic Cheating (1/28/2011)
  Recently there have been several pieces in the media that relate back to academic cheating and plagiarism, a topic I feel I don't address nearly enough with my students.
Snark, Crackle, Pop: BP PR (8/5/2010)
Snark, Crackle, Pop: Facebook Gaming (9/29/2010)
  On the pros and cons of Facebook games
Snark, Crackle, Pop: A Disturbing New Way to Chat (3/24/2010)
  on the new website Chat Roulette
Snark, Crackle, Pop: Top Culture - TV Trends (1/11/2010)
  Five greatest changes to television in the past decade (2000-2009)
Snark, Crackle, Pop: Top Culture - Most Interesting Quotes of 2009 (1/26/2010)
Snark, Crackle, Pop: Keeping Up with Culture (6/23/2010)
Snark, Crackle, Pop: Where Are Your Pants? (9/28/2009)
  On Lady Gaga, women's fashion, and the sneakiness of sin.
Snark, Crackle, Pop: American Girls (10/26/2009)
Snark, Crackle, Pop: Celebrity (12/8/2009)
Snark, Crackle, Pop Culture: Planking (8/30/2011)
  In the midst of all of our frustration and negativity, sometimes we find a shining example of people doing something simply for the joy of it, something that makes us all laugh and celebrate the creativity of our mind and the abilities of our bodies. Something that simply makes us laugh. This is one of those things.
Snark, Crackle, Pop Culture: Teachers and Facebook (9/6/2011)
  I am a firm believer that we should meet teens where they are with positive Christian role models and ministry opportunities. If Facebook is where they are, then that's where I'll be too.
Snark, Crackle, Pop Culture: Occupy Wall Street (11/1/2011)
  Our current economy has left many struggling and increasingly frustrated. Recently many of them have gotten a new voice through the Occupy Wall Street protests.
Snark, Crackle, Pop: Dealing with Divorce (10/12/2009)
  On Jon and Kate and divorce
Snark, Crackle, Pop: Three (11/23/2009)
  on Gossip Girl, a new song from Britney, sexuality, and God's plans for us.
Snark, Crackle, Pop: Top Culture - Teens to Know (12/21/2009)
  top teens to know about in 2009
Snark, Crackle, Pop Culture: Happy Birthday, iPod! (11/15/2011)
  If you can wrench the iPod from a teenager's hand, you can have access to their entire music library and see quickly and easily what kinds of music they listen to most often.
Snark, Crackle, Pop: Facial Recognition (12/13/2011)
  There are moments when technology evolves so fast that we almost miss the importance of what has been discovered.
Snark, Crackle, Pop: Out with 2011, In with 2012 (1/3/2012)
  One of my favorite things to do in January is to take a look at some of the sometimes subtle but significant changes that have happened in pop culture in the last year.
Rebecca Black (6/8/2011)
  Rebecca Black's "Friday" reminds us that the internet is an unforgiving place, where mistakes endure and criticism feels no remorse.
Snark, Crackle, Pop Culture: The Year of Twitter (1/17/2012)
  2011 reminds us of the power of just one Tweet and we must constantly remind ourselves and the teens with whom we work that our words are powerful.
Snark, Crackle, Pop: Fast Food (7/26/2011)
  A nationwide argument has made me seriously consider the kinds of foods we serve in our ministries.
Extreme Couponing (5/11/2011)
  As teens begin to learn how to use money in a wise, Christ-centered way, we have to encourage them to look out not just for themselves, but for the well being of others.
Copyright (6/29/2011)
  The ideas of copyright and ownership in our technological age is becoming more and more confusing, especially for our teens.
Snark, Crackle, Pop: Toddlers and Tiaras (9/20/2011)
  We have to be clear with our children and teens that as Christians we are to hold to a higher standard despite how hard it might be.
Coming on a Tour near You (3/1/2004)
  Looking for a quality mainstream concert? This article offers some suggestions for youth workers and youth who love music and would rather steer clear of unfortunate content.
Musical Chairs (1/1/2004)
  What is your opinion regarding use of the Internet as a means of sharing and downloading music? In this short article, Josh Salzburg offers his opinion of file-sharing on the Web. and
Snark, Crackle, Pop: Fantasy Football (9/25/2012)
  Athletes and celebrities--and the youth in our groups--are more than the persona they present.
Snark, Crackle, Pop Culture: Choices (1/29/2013)
  Our heroes may fail us, but God never does.
Fights on Facebook (1/3/2013)
  How can we create rather than simply react or respond to the negative uses of technology?
Snark, Crackle, Pop: College Football (10/11/2012)
  How do we effectively minister to people, especially youth, in this grass-is-always-greener environment?
Tech - The Phenomenon of Online Gaming (11/5/2008)
  How to use online gaming to connect with youth and families

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