Tuesday, April 7, 2009

400-408(:42) LJ safe sex.  Bristol Palin's ex-fiancé, Levi Johnston, goes on the Tyra Banks show on Monday 4/6/09 and says he's "pretty sure" Sarah Palin knew he was having sex with her 17-year old daughter Bristol and that they practiced "safe sex" "most of the time."
What about you parents who "knew" your underage kids were sexually active – how did you handle it?  Those of you that were active, how did your parents handle it when they found out?  What about parents who know their kids are living together, how do you deal with it?  Those of you living together, how are your parents dealing with it?  Parents, ladies, ever been embarrassed by a previous boyfriend or fiancé like this?
How should the church deal with couples shacking up?  What's realistic, unrealistic, Biblical?
What do you think is successful in preventing teen pregnancy?  Do we need more education?  Are high schools doing enough, not enough, or too much to help teen mothers?
• People (4/3/09) Sarah Palin's Camp Lashes Out at Levi Johnston for Sex Talk on Tyra.  Here's the Palin family statement:
"Bristol did not even know Levi was going on the show. We're disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention, and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship. Bristol's focus will remain on raising Tripp, completing her education, and advocating abstinence," the statement continues. "It is unfortunate that Levi finds it more appealing to exploit his previous relationship with Bristol than to contribute to the well being of the child.  Bristol realizes now that she made a mistake in her relationship and is the one taking responsibility for their actions."
(:58) BP not realistic.  Bristol Palin addresses the abstinence question with Greta Van Susteren back on 2/16/09.
443-452Calls.  Isn't the only real deterrent to teenage pregnancy for girls to see the consequences of how tough it is?  How can we "scare them straight?"  How many youth groups are bringing in former and current teenage mothers to do this?
512-523Bill & Kathleen Herren, (, 888-348-8989)
528-538Hugh Ross, founder and president of Reasons to Believe (, an astronomer-physicist by education but a pastor at Sierra Madre Congregational Church by choice, is an expert on the intersection of faith and reason, e.g., science.  Hugh's the author of a number of books, including Why the Universe Is the Way It Is, and his latest More Than A Theory: Revealing A Testable Model For Creation.  His Apologetics class is every Sunday at 11:15am at Sierra Madre, it's free and open to the public.  BTW:  sign up for their daily email "Today's New Reason to Believe" on their website for all your skeptical friends!
544-554Hugh Ross
555  [1:30] Robert Micone/Bill O'Connor aka "The Money Guys" at Applied Financial with 5 offices around the southland, 866-SEEK-COUNSEL, and online at
558-608Dennis Ybarra, he is the co-author along with Gary Tobin of The Trouble With Textbooks: Distorting History and Religion (  He is a research associate with the Institute for Jewish and Community Research (  See especially p. 85 that offers a side by side contrast of how Islam, Christianity, and Judaism are treated – Islam is clearly given preferential treatment.
• Fox News (3/7/09) Authors Warn That Many Textbooks Distort Religion. Authors Gary Tobin and Dennis Ybarra of the Institute for Jewish and Community Research found some 500 imperfections and distortions concerning religion in 28 of the most widely used social studies and history textbooks in the United States.
612-623 Dennis Ybarra
628-638Sean McDowell, (, head of the Bible department at Capistrano Valley Schools (, and author of many books including his brand new Apologetics For A New Generation: A Biblical And Culturally Relevant Approach To Talking About God.  He talks about his recent trip to Berkeley taking 28 of his high schools to engage atheists and skeptics.
644-652Sean McDowell.
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