Sex and rebellion—is it what teenagers really want?

I think it’s important that this blog be as practical as it is idealistic. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic, but I’m also interested in hearing about pockets of culture that are doing things right. What shows do you watch that you think match up to a Biblical worldview? What products do you buy as a result of marketing that is wholesome instead of sexy? What can you do to convince marketers that young women, especially young Christian woman, don’t want to be exposed to so much skin? I have no doubt that you can make a difference. I can’t wait to hear from you.

An opportunity to be a part of True Woman '08 from your room.

The True Woman ’08 Conference has sold out. More than 6,000 women will gather in Chicago October 9-11 to be a part of a counter-cultural revolution. Nancy and Dannah will join a long list of other great speakers for the event.

Even if you can’t join us, you can still be a part of what God is doing. We want you to be a part of a widespread movement of revival in the hearts of Christian women (and young women!) around the world.

I am my own authority

This week I want to dig into a lie that honestly, tends to be rather unpopular among young women (and young men). To be honest, it is an area where I continue to struggle. It is also an area where believing lies can be particularly disastrous.

Are you ready for it? I think we should talk about authority.

Is it okay to date non-Christians?

    Lately, there has been some discussion on this blog about whether or not it is okay for Christians to date non-Christians. We encountered this same conversation over and over as we did research for Lies Young Women Believe. In fact this is one of the 25 lies addressed directly in the book.

    The girls involved in the research phase of this book told us things like:

     • “ I really want to marry a Christian, but I’m not looking for marriage right now, so I don’t really care.”

     • “ I don’t really think it matters if the guys I date are Christians or not. For one, we’re just in high school. I don’t really think that religion is an         issue right now.”

     • “ If you plant a seed, it can make a beautiful flower. You’re spreading God’s word, whether it works out or not. If you can compromise, think         about it…you can impact a non-Christian.”

Some of you have made similar comments here on the blog. Specifically, it seems that some of you are wondering if it’s okay to date non-Christians. The short answer to your question is no. God’s Word urges us not to link our lives with non-believers and the consequences of choosing to do otherwise can be disastrous.

Truth or Bare Fashion Tests

Modesty has become a hot topic here on the blog. In fact, almost 150 of you have left comments on our previous posts about the subject (if you haven’t read them yet, check out our archives).

Most of you seem to “get” why dressing modestly matters. In fact, I have been blown away by the number of you who are willing to buck the culture by taking a stand in this area. But one trip down the swimsuit aisle is enough to remind me that finding clothes that are both fashionable and modest can seem like mission impossible.

“I am with you” (Lessons Learned from Church Camp, part 2)

I am wondering where you are looking for satisfaction?

Do you feel like if you can just get a boyfriend, then you will be satisfied? God promises that He will be with you.

Do you feel like if your family situation changes, then you will be satisfied? God promises that He will be with you.

Do you feel like if you can be a star volleyball player, first chair musician, or straight A student, then you will be satisfied? God promises that He will be with you.

Do you feel like if you can just be good enough, smart enough, thin enough, or pretty enough, then you will be satisfied? God promises to be with you.

Lessons Learned at Church Camp

This week I am blogging from church camp. I am tagging along with a group of 7-12-graders from my church as they spend the week at our local associational camp (think bugs, bunk beds, uncomfortable mattresses and cafeteria food!).

Last night the camp pastor preached from the story of Nicodemus found in John chapter 3. Nicodemus was a Pharisee, a.k.a a religious leader. One night he snuck away to ask Jesus some pretty tough questions. The truth is, I want to ask the same question Nicodemus did…what are the steps necessary to become a Christian? In other words, what does it take to be saved? 

Garbage In, Garbage Out

Does your mind work like a computer? Mine does. Just like my computer, my mind is capable of storing unbelievable amounts of information. I can still remember my 10th birthday party, my first day of junior high, and my first date with my husband. Just like a computer, my mind is capable of filing lyrics to hundreds of songs (when was the last time you heard a song on the radio that you didn’t know the words to?) along with data on how to add and subtract, tell the difference between a pretty flower and a poison ivy leaf and diagram a sentence. And sometimes, just like a computer, my mind crashes and I find it difficult to think at all.

Our minds are like computers in another way. Just like computers, what we put into our minds is exactly what we get out. It is a basic law of computer programming that a computer cannot output something that it was not programmed to do. In other words, what goes in is what comes out.