Top Posts from 2014

2014_updated_health_reform_timelineEvery December I like to share my top posts from that year. These are posts that I wrote during the year and had the highest views. Below are my top four posts from this year.

What Bruno Mars is Teaching Teens. Bruno Mars had a good year in music. He had some hits come out this year and also performed at the Super Bowl. In this post I talk about what one of popular songs Locked Out of Heaven teaches teens. It’s a catchy song but packs a distorted message of sex.

Using Instagram in Student Ministry. Because students are surrounded by and use social media constantly it is a wise thing for student pastors and youth workers to use social media in their ministries. In this post I share a few ways to use Instagram in a student ministry context.

Sobrr – What Parents Need to Know. Sobrr was an app that came out this year that gained some popularity. It’s far from competing with other social media app but it’s still an app parents need to be aware of. In this post I explain how Sobrr works and what parents need to be aware of.

What “Hot or Not” is Teaching Teens. Hot or Not is a pretty popular app among teens. However the whole idea of the app teaches teens that their worth and value is determined by what others think of them, especially their looks when it comes to this app. I explain more of that in this post.

I’ve enjoyed writing these posts this past year. I look forward to writing more posts this coming year.

What Bruno Mars is Teaching Teens

Bruno-Mars-HD-WallpaperMusic is powerful. Music has a way of shaping peoples believes, identity, and behavior. This is especially true of teenagers who are striving to find out how they fit into the world around them. Many teenagers turn to music to find out what they should believe, who they are, and how they should act. This is why it’s so important for parents to be aware of what music their teenager is listening to.

One of the most popular artist right now is Bruno Mars. Bruno Mars has been around for sometime, but recently is putting out some big hits. This past weekend he performed at the Super Bowl where he sang a few of his hits. As I have listened to Bruno Mars on the radio and even went back and watched his halftime performance I am reminded of a powerful theme he is teaching teenagers through one of his songs.

Sex is the ultimate human achievement. In his song Locked Out of Heaven, Bruno Mars sings, “Cause your sex takes me to paradise. Yeah, your sex takes me to paradise. And it shows, yeah, yeah, yeah. ‘Cause you make me feel like I’ve been locked out of heaven. For too long, for too long .Yeah, you make me feel like I’ve been locked out of heaven. For too long, for too long.” Sexual themes is not new in music and tends to be the focus on a lot of popular songs. In this song, Bruno Mars makes it seem like sex is the ultimate goal. That having sex with that special someone will be the only way to find true satisfaction. That is why so many teenagers so quickly give up their purity because they believe true happiness will come with having sex with that someone they “love.” God created sex and it’s not a bad or ugly thing. In fact, it’s a very beautiful thing God gave us as a gift. However, God did create sex to happen only within marriage between a man and a women. When sex is taken out of that context it gets messed up and it no longer brings joy as God intended. In fact, sex outside of marriage usually brings shame, guilt, and heartache. This is my fear with teenagers listening to this song and letting it shape their behavior. Sex is not the ultimate achievement. It was never intended to be. We were created to find satisfaction in God, our Creator, not sex.

Teenagers our living in a highly sexualized culture. Sex is viewed as something we can enjoy however we want and when we want. Teenagers need to have a right view of sex, but they will not get that from the culture. Parents, how are you teaching your teenagers about sex and making sure they are viewing it the way God intends?