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Death by iPhone Syndrome

The world waited breathlessly last week for the announcement of the latest iPhone. Few things have transformed our world more than the smartphone. And not simply by what it has created, but by what it has ended. Let’s call it the “death by iPhone” syndrome.

Three Blunt Interpretations

In a study just released by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), the verdict is clear: “The American religious landscape is undergoing a dramatic transformation.” In my last blog I detailed the 14 statistical headlines. This post offers three necessarily blunt interpretations.

America's Changing Religious Identity

In a study just released by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), the verdict is clear: “The American religious landscape is undergoing a dramatic transformation.” Here are some headlines: White Christians, once the dominant religious group in the U.S., now account for fewer than half of all adults living in the country. Today, fewer than half of all states are majority white Christian. As recently as 2007, 39 states had majority white Christian populations.

Becoming Bilingual (Learning "Teen Talk")

If there's one parental principle for the teen years hammered home by almost everyone, it's the importance of communication. The challenge is that today, that means becoming bilingual. Translation: learning "teen talk."

Sexting at Age 5

In our world, tech and sex have become inextricably intertwined. They have also entered the world of children. Most experts used to maintain that the average age of exposure to pornography comes around 11 years old. A boy, age 5, has become the youngest person in Britain to be investigated by police for sexting.

The Lost Art of Independent Thinking

In Meet Generation Z, I wrote that never before have we had so much access to information and so little wisdom. It would be difficult to forecast the many implications this will have on coming generations, but here is one dynamic that no longer needs imagining: The lost art of independent thinking.

Annual Freshman Mindset List (2017)

It’s that time of year again. Students are returning to colleges across the nation, which means a new freshman class. Which means the annual college freshman mindset list from Beloit College, always a cultural eye-opener in terms of changing times.

Learning from Applebee's

I’m one who believes there is much for the church to learn from the wider world - specifically, the organizational life of entities trying to expand a customer base. So let's learn some. This time from Applebee's.

How to Read 200 Books a Year

Want conviction? Try the title of this article: “In the time you spend on social media each year you could read 200 books.” Ouch. But is it true? Yes, I believe for most people, it is.

Culture Watch

In years past, if you wanted to keep up with culture there would have been a “to read” list. Books and journals, periodicals and perhaps early blogs. That still matters (as a writer, forgive me for that vested interest), but increasingly there needs to be a “to watch” list. The most culturally influencing media is not the written word, but the visual form.

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