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Generation M2 – media for 8-18 year olds January 21, 2010

Filed under: Adolescence,Technology — billmacphee @ 12:39 pm
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The Kaiser Family Foundation has just released their new and long-anticipated report on the use of media by teenagers. It is a load to wade through but Anne Collier has given us a sharp summary and a caution about its findings.

Major study on youth & media: Let’s take a closer look.

Also, check out Meredith’s take from her really great site, Ypulse.

Get the full report and other documents here: Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds.


Connect with Kids : Weekly News Stories : “Teens Drop Sports” January 18, 2010

Filed under: Adolescence,Parenting — billmacphee @ 8:36 pm
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According to the National Alliance for Youth Sports, 73 percent of kids drop organized sports by age 13. Why?

“The pressure really becomes too much, and after a while they really become disillusioned with the entire sports scene, and get tired of it and finally say, ‘That’s it for me.'” Dr. Richard Winer, a psychiatrist in metro-Atlanta.

The girls now try out for the school plays. Their advice to parents about sports: “It’s not like life or death situations. It’s just a game,” says Katie.

According to experts at the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), children’s main motives to participate in sports and compete are:

  • To have fun;
  • To improve skills;
  • To be with friends; and
  • To improve health and fitness.

In addition, experts at the AVCA say some of the major reasons for sports dropouts are:

  • Overemphasis on winning;
  • Not having fun;
  • Stress of competition; and
  • Disliking the coach.

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Pat Robertson speaks out on Haiti January 14, 2010

Filed under: pastoral leadership — billmacphee @ 4:11 pm
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I’m trying to write this with humility because, really, what do I know. Pat Robertson made some comments on his CBN 700 Club program in regards to the devastating earthquake bringing utter chaos, destruction, and misery to the people of Haiti. You can read all about what he said, and even watch the video, since the media has perked up about it … maybe that is too soft a word … it might be better to say they are crucifying him. Just google “pat robertson haiti comments” and you’ll get an earful.

Pat Robertson made reference to ancient Haitian legend concerning the people’s pact with the devil, if only they could be free from the French. Now, according to Robertson, there is some connection with this pact and persistent suffering in the country.

At the same time I was contemplating the absurdity of this connection and the audacity of making these public comments I have been reflecting on Jesus’ words in Luke 6, in the sermon on the plain. They are difficult words, hard to understand, more difficult to live. “Love your enemies … do to others as you would have them do to you … if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you … if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you … be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

I don’t doubt for a moment that Pat Robertson has love for the Haitian people, and in fact his organization has already mobilized massive resources to send to the suffering people. But it is common for Christians to create an “us” versus “them” division by our words and attitudes. How do we live out God’s mission in the world? Jesus seems to be talking about and then acting out an extravagant and risky, mercy, love, and grace. This is no time to be even hinting at cause, blame, or religious divide. Instead we must join forces with those able to get real relief on the ground in Haiti, including CBN’s own efforts.

I love what Covenant World Relief has been doing in the name of Christ and commend their efforts to you. You can trust their integrity and results. Jesus extended crazy grace to the most unexpected people with no strings attached other than that they would let him serve them. I’m trying to do that in helpful ways today.