Surprising and Encouraging Research

We all assume young people are taking the sexual revolution to new levels.  We are not wrong to assume this, as people like Miley Cyrus and every other young pop singer have given us a window into the Millenial ethos…. but Relevant Magazine recently published an article responding to research in New York Magazine that shows 40% of college students have never had sex before.  This is up from 13% of college students just a few years before hand.

Here’s the article:

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/current/why-arent-millennials-having-sex-anymore

Though this change may not be the result of theological or personal conviction regarding God’s purpose for sex, it is encouraging to see that the power of sex, and the effect of sin, are being felt and responded to on some level.  It is a step in the right direction – but we cannot be satisfied thinking that less young people are hooking up or sleeping around.  We must encounter them with the life-changing power of the gospel.  Behavior does not save, only faith in the atoning work of Christ on the cross… “ For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Eph 2:8-9)

What’s the Balance with Bruce Jenner?

This blog post by The Gospel Coalition (i recommend you subscribe or follow them on Facebook) does a wonderful job of outlining what it means to love Bruce despite his confusion and open rebellion against God’s design.  It’s a hard balance, and it’s especially hard to communicate to our kids the “why’s” of our true and loving response to the situation.

I believe reading this will bless you:

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/caitlyn-jenner-love-future-tense

Matt

The Reality of Sexting – It’s NOT GOOD

Sexting among teenagers is real.  Once we face the facts we can address them.  Sexting is not good – it leads to reduced physical boundaries, shame, and lustful hearts.  We should seek to stop this behavior, but even more so we should seek to address the root of the problem – a broken sense of identity and love that can only come from the Lord, through His Son Jesus.  Communicate this love, demonstrate this love, and be gently resolute in the home.

Read this:

http://sexualintegrityinitiative.com/2015/04/14/these-facts-about-sexting-might-make-you-rethink-pressing-send/