Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?

John Mark Reynolds shares some tips that his family is doing–or struggling to do–to have moderation in their media consumption:

First, no “solitary media” on school days. If we watch a movie Monday through Friday, we are trying to make sure it is a family experience. . . .

Second, no earbuds with people (planes are an exception). When we are with people (especially folks we love), then we should talk with them. . . . [Note from JT: the other day I saw a dad and his son eating lunch together in Chipotle–both wearing baseball uniforms, it looked picturesque–except that they weren’t talking, since the young boy was listening to his iPod with earbuds in!]

Third, (and this is a hard one for me) with rare exceptions email needs to be checked twice a day and not more often. My phone should stay off or not be answered when in meetings with other people . . .

Read the entire article HERE


Man, This Makes Me Feel Old

Beloit College released their “Mindset List” for this Fall’s college Freshmen, offering a glimpse of the world as seen through their eyes.

The class of 2012 has grown up in an era where computers and rapid communication are the norm, and colleges no longer trumpet the fact that residence halls are “wired” and equipped with the latest hardware. These students will hardly recognize the availability of telephones in their rooms since they have seldom utilized landlines during their adolescence. They will continue to live on their cell phones and communicate via texting.

Roommates, few of whom have ever shared a bedroom, have already checked out each other on Facebook where they have shared their most personal thoughts with the whole world. It is a multicultural, politically correct and “green” generation that has hardly noticed the threats to their privacy and has never feared the Russians and the Warsaw Pact.

For the Class of 2012:

1. Harry Potter could be a classmate, playing on their Quidditch team.
2. Since they were in diapers, karaoke machines have been annoying people at parties.
3. They have always been looking for Carmen Sandiego.
4. GPS satellite navigation systems have always been available.
5. Coke and Pepsi have always used recycled plastic bottles.
6. Shampoo and conditioner have always been available in the same bottle.
7. Gas stations have never fixed flats, but most serve cappuccino.

You can check out the rest of the list here.

The Best Decision I Ever Made

Fourteen years ago today, I did something that few men have ever done and lived to tell about: I proposed to three ladies at the same time. To quickly explain, I proposed to Nola that she and I become man and wife; at the same time, I proposed to Amy and Tara that I become their stepfather. Thankfully, all three agreed.

It just so happened that it was on Nola’s birthday when I proposed (and no, my proposal was not her present!) So, her birthday each August 18th is not only a special occasion in both of our lives, it is a reminder to me of a wonderful day in my life as well.

Happy Birthday, Nola Girl!

Son of Hamas Leader Turns Back on Islam and Embraces Christianity

Read the story from FOX News here.

China Giving Away Bibles?

China is giving away Chinese-English Bibles, New Testaments and editions of the four gospels at the Olympics; read more about it here, and pray for China!