Monthly Archives: October 2013

Happy Slutty Halloween

“In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls … Continue Reading

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The Gospel According to The Walking Dead

Last week after watching the record-breaking premiere of The Walking Dead, I once again was captivated by the series’ ability to provoke discussion. The series has an amazing ability to stir people to talk about what they just saw. That’s … Continue Reading

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Young People and Binge TV

“34% of Millennials watch mostly online video/no broadcast TV.” That’s what the headline says, and I’m inclined to believe it. Think about it. College kids, in dorms… how many of them have DirectTV? Not many. My son and daughter (both … Continue Reading

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The Worst Place to Drive

I’ve driven in NY, in Chicago, in LA, in Seattle… I’ve been in a cab in most these cities as well. I thought I’d seen the worst of it. Then I went to Kampala, Uganda! I’m not going to waste … Continue Reading

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Running for you

It’s that time a year again… the one time I actually ask you for a favor. My daughter and I are each running in ENDURE, our big fundraising event this Saturday, and all the proceeds go 100% to you! If … Continue Reading

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Top 10 Zombie Apocalypse Survival Activities

The Walking Dead premiere broke all the records Sunday night, with 16.1 million total viewers, 10.4 million of those in the 18-49 demographic. That makes “Dead” the most-watched show in the demo on any channel, broadcast or cable, this fall, … Continue Reading

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What Does the Fox Say?

From viral YouTube video to Jimmy Fallon to the top of the charts, and it’s just a bunch of guys dressed as animals performing a song that sounds like something from Sesame Street. You can’t argue with numbers. Young people … Continue Reading

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The Kids Outside the Gates

Here’s a puzzle to solve. No, it’s not a riddle or a mind bender. It’s a true ministry dilemma sure to spark discussion among people with a passion for ministry  (Which is the exact type of ‘case study’ I liked … Continue Reading

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How to Kill a Hooker

Hey kids, it’s that time again! Grand Theft Auto just released their brand new game, Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA 5). The game broke all the records, raking in literally a billion dollars in the first three days. It’s the … Continue Reading

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Teen Social Media Hookup Culture Unveiled

My Twitter followers saw me link an article Tuesday morning I described as the most accurate article I’ve ever read about today’s social media hookup culture. It’s a day later, and I stand my ground. Don’t misinterpret my words: I’m … Continue Reading

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