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  • New Website, Blog, and Podcast Coming Soon! - Media Talk 101 Blog
    I ve been working with Rhett Simkins our office manager to overhaul this website This has been a long and tedious process but hopefully it will be worth it all once it is done For those who are web builders you might like to know that I am using Joomla 2 5 Artisteer for template creation and a bunch of components modules and plugins If you are interested in knowing

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  • Reading Through the Bible - Media Talk 101 Blog
    its daily sustenance has increased About five years ago I was teaching a group of students at a Christian school and challenging them to consider how they spend their elective time The average teen consumes 53 hours of media each week and I compared that to the time it would take the average reader to finish the entire bible Are you ready for this It takes about 75 hours One of the students wrote to me and said they were going to put those statistics to practice and read the bible in 75 days by reading an hour a day I was pleasantly surprised but it occurred to me that it was easy for me to spout off an impressive comparison but another thing altogether to apply it personally I had never read the bible in 75 days That gave me an idea a personal challenge and one for others as well I decided to read through the bible in 101 days in conjunction with my ministry s name Media Talk 101 I set my course kept a timer with my bible and logged my progress I timed myself every day even when nodding off in some of the more tedious chapters and the grand total after 101 days was 74 hours That s about 45 minutes a day on average or about 3 of the day A I mentioned earlier this is my fourth year in a row to do this but it s not just for the challenge anymore it s for the blessing I receive As much as I love in depth bible study and meditation on the word I have found that reading the bible through in a short period of time gave me a wonderful panoramic view of God s word Many scriptures began coming

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  • Ponder Your Path - Media Talk 101 Blog
    path of your feet and let all your ways be established Do not turn to the right of the left Remove your foot from evil The Internet is not necessarily evil there is much good that can be found if your ways are established One simple way to keep out of trouble on the Internet is to have a good purpose that is established before you even open a browser I believe that surfing the web is foolish It is not only a huge time sink but beyond that there are innumerable stumbling blocks around every corner When you get on the Internet with no clear purpose and especially no good purpose then your way is not established and your feet may find themselves entering the path of the wicked Prov 4 14 I teach my children that the Web is like the local library we go there at times but we don t read or checkout just any book In fact there are many books we will not even look at The reason is that there are books that are in the way of evil Prov 4 14 which we are instructed to avoid it do not travel on

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  • Grand Theft Childhood - Media Talk 101 Blog
    premeditated school shootings there actually were during that 27 year time period compared with the public perception of those shootings as relatively common events The incidents studied included the most notorious school shootings such as Columbine Santee and Paducah in which the young perpetrators had been linked in the press to violent video games The Secret Service found that that there was no accurate profile Only 1 in 8 school shooters showed any interest in violent video games only 1 in 4 liked violent movies T rated games are better for teens than M rated games and are mostly harmless because there is limited blood and gore Actually this is untrue because when the consequences of violence aren t shown in this case the immediate physical consequences of violence it is easier to become desensitized to violence People are not toy soldiers and people bleed when shot That is not to say that M rated games are great but realistic is often better so long as one does not become desensitized to realistic violence which is worse than being desensitized to stylized and unrealistic violence All that to say T rated games are not always a safe bet One major theme that appeared again and again in this book was the concept of differential risk Hundreds of thousands maybe even millions of kids play violent video games like Grand Theft Auto but the vast majority of them do not go on killing sprees or commit acts of crime and acts of violence However a small minority of kids may be extremely adversely affected by violent video games and violent media in general and that might motivate them to commit senseless crimes Granted another question that remains unanswered is whether violent games cause at risk teens to become violent offenders or

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  • Earth Day - Media Talk 101 Blog
    celebrating the earth and calling attention to the continuing problems of pollution and mismanagement of natural resources Of course the environmentalists and indeed much of the secular or pagan world will spend the day worshiping the creation rather than the Creator c f Romans 1 As Christians this is a great day to especially focus on seeing and appreciating the beauty and design of God s creation and worshiping Him as our Creator Going back to the art museum analogy I d like to point out that as Christians we should be viewing our earthly home as an art gallery of sorts and we of all people should be most attuned to and appreciative for the beauty of God s creativity and artistry However just like everyone else in our technology infused world we often spend way too much time oblivious to nature It s as if we grow desensitized to nature s beauty We absentmindedly look at the sky and totally miss the big puffy clouds or the radiant sunset We see the flowers and the trees but it as if we are color blind and only see dull gray where there is a dazzling display of color In his book Desiring God John Piper makes a slight change to the answer to the Westminster Catechism s first question what is the chief end of man The original answer to the question is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever Piper changes the and to a by what is the chief end of man to glorify God by enjoying Him forever He then remarks that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him This principle living to glorify God by enjoying God and His gifts has forever changed my life In relation to today

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  • Renewing the Mind - Media Talk 101 Blog
    transfigured Christ s transfiguration is the same process of change that we are commanded to go through as manifest by the renewal of our minds Ok keep this in mind pardon the pun as we shift gears In recent decades people have believed that a brain is like a computer it s programmed and you input data and when it is full it s full However modern neuroscience has a better model in reality the brain is a living organism that is continually changing The technical term for this continual brain changing is neuroplasticity The neurons in our brain are continually interacting to form neural connections the cute but insightful phrase is neurons that fire together wire together Think of it this way as a golfer practices his swings the neurons in his brain are connecting and the more he practices the stronger those neural connections patterns This is the science of habits Now another dimension to this is the more these neural connections are reinforced i e the more the violinist practices her concerto the harder it is to break the connection It s like electric wiring the more insulation that is added the faster and more effectively the

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  • Episode 26 - The Fear of the Lord - Part 1 - Media Talk 101 Blog
    internet safety Phillip Telfer emphasizes the importance of the fear of the Lord in the lives of Christians The Bible says The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom but what does it mean to fear the Lord In this series Phillip explains by outlining four levels of the fear of the Lord Length 34 minutes Download Podcast Audio clip Adobe Flash Player version 9 or above is

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  • Episode 25 - Bad Words, Bad Worldview - Media Talk 101 Blog
    101 Podcast Should Christians tolerate when media producers choose to use the Lord s name in vain in their work What does that say about the rest of the production Phillip addresses this topic and more as we wind down the summer Question Answer series Length 36 minutes Download Podcast Audio clip Adobe Flash Player version 9 or above is required to play this audio clip Download the latest version

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