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From Sexting to Sex
Sexting and Sex in the Lives of Middle School Students
David R. Smith

We can’t necessarily explain it, but all of us notice it. 6th grade boys avoid girls like the plague…but when they become 7th graders, those same boys do all they can to capture the attention of girls.

Even if that means sending or requesting sexually provocative messages and photos...
JONATHAN'S BLOG: Want a sneak peak?
I just finished a brand new youth ministry book about mobilizing and equipping volunteers for ministry. I turn it in to the publisher in 8 days and would love to get some feedback to make some last minute tweaks before I turn it in.

Anyone want to preview my book this weekend? (UPDATE: I've already had an overwhelming response. I can have 5 more people look at it- but they'd need to be able to read it this weekend and have me comments by Monday at noon.)

The book is a short little resource, just 10,000 words (that's like just 2 to 3 chapters of most of my books), part of a creative new youth ministry set that GROUP Publishing is coming out with early next year. I won't give too much away about the project, but I'll let you know that Greg Stier is writing about evangelism, Marko is writing about parents, I'm writing about volunteers... and a few others are in the mix. Gonna be a nice little resource.

I'd love to get feedback and make any adjustments before I turn it in... so I welcome anyone in ministry who would love to read it this weekend and tell me your honest thoughts. Then I'll gladly give you a free copy of the real book when it comes out in 2015.

Interested? Email me in the next day or two at

Thank you all!!!

Season 2, Episode 9—Triggerfinger
Crazy tension is starting to mount as our survivors are beginning to realize the living can be just as dangerous as the dead- perhaps even more. The danger is coming from within as Shane continues to unravel like a frayed

Some kids are too cool to do anything.  Part peacock, part pubescent, their pride gets the best of them at almost every turn... NOT these kids.

My kids will laugh at silly jokes.  They eat Happy Meals.  They watch kiddie shows and are unashamed.  They wear cat ears, 3D glasses with the lenses taken out, and give themselves names like Batman, Nightwing, and Doctor Wolverine (that name is mine, by the way). They are nerds…to the EXTREME.  So of course, we get along JUST FINE.  

Nowhere is this hardcore geekiness more evident than at our awesome new boys group, Guys and Fries Thursday. Every week I meet a small group of junior high 6th and 7th grade guys at McDonald’s to eat french fries, play card games, and talk about important life topics. We build mountains of french fries and use ketchup packets to make them into volcanoes (or we would if the kids actually ATE KETCHUP with their fries). Last week we had an epic battle of slapjack and used the parable of the unforgiving servant to discuss the topic of forgiveness. We also went off on rabbit trails, leading to one kid talking for ten minutes about the best way to get out of a cave. After all, these are junior high school boys, so focusing is always an issue.  Many have the attention span of a 6-week-old-puppy in a field filled with butterflies.  

And that’s on a good day.        

And yet, in spite of the silliness and beneath the crazy laughter, coupled with the random card games and the nerdy times, there are real Gospel truths being presented, and barriers, like walls, that are tumbling down.  

See, some of these kids you’d never spot worshiping in the youth room at your church on a Sunday morning.  But campus ministry is a different animal altogether:  With us, atheists mingle with Christians, agnostics with Mormons, Jews with Muslims.

And that’s Youth for Christ/Campus Life at its best. That’s what we can be: A haven for people who do not know the Gospel; a place where kids can go to just be themselves. We gather representatives from various tribes, tongues, and nations together in one room to learn stories, build relationships, and point kids to Jesus Christ.  

This is just the beginning of what we’re doing here at a Sacramento suburb middle school.  In less than a school year, we’ve launched a successful weekly Monday Campus Life club, a guys group, and continue to build contacts within the community, all while maintaining a breakfast club that regularly sees an average of 120 students every Friday (we’ve written about that before in this column).

How are you reaching the campus near you?

Movie Reviews and Quick Q's:
Snowpiercer (6/27/2014)

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Ultimate Dodge Cricket

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Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

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The Avengers

Your teenagers need to know that they cannot bow down to anyone or anything other than Jesus Christ, Himself. This resource from our MOVIE CLIP DISCUSSION page shows the danger of bowing our lives to anyone but Him.

The Movie Clip: Bow to Me 
The Avengers assembles Marvel’s most beloved gang of superheroes against a threat from another 

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How We Respond

The only thing in life we can control is ourselves and our reactions. God wants us to be holy and loving; this resource from our SPIRITUAL GROWTH AGENDAS page teaches your students a few practical ways to live that way.


Discussion Starter: Attitude Improv 
Pull four leaders to the front of the room and bring them up on the stage. As soon as they come up front, have them reach into a hat and pull out one of four PRE-WRITTEN notes that say the following:

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