Media Discernment

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How Music Has Changed

If you’re like me and you lament the decline in the quality of popular music since the days when you were a teenager, there’s actually some new research indicating that your lament is not simply based on your personal listening…
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Episode 180: Cultivating Wisdom and Discernment

Download the podcast as an .mp3 by clicking here. RSS FEED – click here. Access from iTunes. FURTHER RESOURCES Resources, links, or other helpful tools mentioned in the podcast: CPYU Research Fellows NYMS 2024 Highlight Video Teens, Social Media and…
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Media’s Powerful Influence

I remember being in Sunday School as a child and singing a catchy little song about wisdom, discernment, and influences that has stuck with me until this day. Perhaps you remember the same song, which issued warnings like be careful…
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Sexualized Music and Sexting

Back when I was a teenager, there was a growing movement in the church to steer kids away from popular music that referenced things like drugs, sex, and violence. Many parents and youth workers were criticized for monitoring what their…
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Truth, Lies, and our Kids

In her book, Live Your Truth and Other Lies, Alisa Childers says that there are endless ways that truth can be spun, manipulated, covered up, and even used to promote deception. Often, the lie is christened with religious-sounding language that…
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