Youth Ministry Lessons: It’s always fun to talk about what we received over the holidays, but what one 7-year-old in England received this Christmas was rather unconventional and in the eyes of many a controversial present.
Hazing in high school used to be assumed. It used to be a rite of passage into a certain sports team or school club and the idea was simple: do something to initiate (a.k.a. humiliate) new inductees to make them earn their place on the team or the group.
It seems that one cannot escape words like “organic”, “green” and “eco-friendly”. A casual trip to the supermarket can become a barrage of expensive, “healthier”, items placed discreetly by regular products, enticing consumers to buy organic ingredients.
Youth Group Lessons: While advertising campaigns are meant to be edgy and risky, authorities in the United Kingdom are cracking down pretty hard on images they think send the wrong messages to their country’s youth.
Youth Group Resources: The next time you go to the movie theatre or pop in a DVD at home, take a few minutes to consider how much alcohol consumption the movie portrays, and take note of specific brands of alcohol the actors are consuming in the movie.
Youth Ministry: If you asked a teenager to define the word “cheating”, chances are you might be surprised. With the rise of technology, teens are engaging in behavior that, while fitting the textbook definition of cheating, is so commonplace that it isn’t a big deal.
Youth Ministry: Tattoos are becoming more common place, while some people don’t care for them, we can all agree that an adult can consent to the permanence of a tattoo if they wish. But what about a 10 year old?
Youth Lessons: It’s become a reality that the modern teenage girl is obsessed about her looks. Having been born into a world of waif-life models, airbrushed advertising, perfect looking women are the normal image for most girls in modern society.