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Thoughts on Vegas and Why Men Keep Doing This

October 10th, 2017
Note: This post by Charlie Hoehn has some great applications to what we do in student ministry and we wanted to make sure that you see it It’s tempting to say the mass shooter's motive was simply “pure evil,” or to blame the media or guns, but that absolves us of looking deeply at what each of us — as individuals, family members, friends, and community members — might be missing. Now, I’m not a psychiatrist. And I don’t know much about the Vegas shooter. I’m just a guy who studies...
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The Danger More Pressing than Sex and Drugs in Your Youth Group

October 10th, 2017
 A new study of today’s teenagers contains both encouraging and troubling findings for parents, pastors, and youth group leaders concerned with reaching “Generation Z.”   According to the research, teenagers in the early 2010s tried alcohol later and had sex far less often compared with their predecessors: About 54 percent of high-school students in 1991 reported having had sex, while only 41 percent did in the early 2010s. For student pastors who have been fighting the war against partying, pregnancies and...
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Cheap Sex and the Decline of Marriage

October 10th, 2017
Why is marriage in retreat among young Americans? Because it is now much easier for men to find sexual satisfaction outside marriage, argues Mark Regnerus of the Wall Street Journal. Read his article here.    
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