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A Problematic Portrayal: CBS’ Stalker and Maroon 5’s Animal

Some really good thoughts on the new TV series Stalker and Maroon 5’s new video Animals.

In a statement to Billboard, RAINN said “Maroon 5’s video for “Animals.” is a dangerous depiction of a stalker’s fantasy—and no one should ever confuse the criminal act of stalking with romance. The trivialization of these serious crimes, like stalking, should have no place in the entertainment industry.”

All things considered, perhaps the most careless move of all is creating such pieces, without also issuing an explanation, disclaimer, or warning alongside violent imagery. Doing so would provide vital food for thought on the creator’s artistic vision and what viewers will encounter, leaving the audience with a more thoughtful, nuanced understanding of the media they’ve just consumed.

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Pornolescence

This is one of the best articles on pornography I have read. Please take some time to walk through it.

“Pornolescence is that period where he feels the guilt of his sin, but still enjoys it too much to give it up.”

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A Cry for Parental Health

Such a great read. We need to parent from a place of health.

As I meet with young adults and ask them, they all talk about the heavy pressure they feel to perform—in class, on the field, on stage, you name it. As I press them for the source of this pressure, it almost always comes back to their parents.

1. When I inform you as a parent that your child has just ruptured their ACL ligament or Achilles tendon, and the next question out of your mouth is, “How long until he or she will be able to play?” you have a serious problem.

2. If your child is knocked unconscious during a football game and can’t remember your name…but you feel it’s a “vital” piece of medical information to let me know he’s a starting linebacker and that his team will probably lose because he was taken out of the game, you need to see a counselor.

3. If I tell you that mononucleosis has caused the spleen to swell and that participation in a contact sport could cause a life threatening rupture…and then you ask me, “If we just get some extra padding around the spleen, would it be OK to play?” someone needs to hit you upside the head with a two by four.

4. If your child comes in with a blood alcohol level of .250 after wrecking your Lexus and you ask if I can hurry and get them out of the ER before the police arrive so as not to run the risk of her getting kicked off the swim team, you need to be put in jail.

I bet you think I’m kidding about the above interactions. I wish I were, but I’m not. These are a fraction of the things I’ve heard when it comes to children and sports. Every ER doctor in America sees this. How did we get here?”

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5 Things First-Time Guests HATE Doing at Church

Pretty simple but decent list here. Check it out!

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A Christian Looks at Depression – Tom Nelson

I think there are 5 reasons for suffering in the life of a Christian. This talk is a great example of the reason I would call “Fallen World”. This can basically be anything that happens because our minds and bodies are “fallen” – Genesis 3. I would also include here any natural consequences for our actions (crazy unceasing stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, pace of life, lack of exercise).   I will be doing an upcoming blog on the 5 reasons but wanted to share this decent talk. Enjoy

Are you Looking too Closely?

I was watching the new TV show called Scorpion last week when this song came on at the end. As a music geek I quickly Shazamed it and found this gem of a song. I was going through the lyrics which are quite simple yet powerful. In an interview the lead singer was asked about this song. He said:

Are YOU looking too closely? Yeah, you absolutely nailed it. It is about the relationship you have with yourself. About NOT looking too closely. Sometimes it is best to do it this way to remain positive. You can be obsessed with details. Like everybody’s own position of what they look like in the mirror naked. Its SO different to what they actually look like.

Great thoughts for many of us who are looking in that mirror and looking too closely.