Monday, August 15, 2011

• This Saturday from 1-2pm, I'll be out at the new Tustin Lifeway Bookstore (link) on El Camino Real in the Market Place near Tustin Ranch and I5, to sign copies of my book Shattered.  Love to see you there!

400-408 – • Fox News (8/10/2011) Sex Education in NYC Schools Becomes Mandatory.  

• Did you know that HPV is now causing more instances of throat and neck cancer than smoking?  Does your child know that "yes," you can get HIV-AIDS and STD's from oral sex.  25% of teen girls have an STD.  9 million girls, age 15-25, will get an STD this year. 

Calls – Where do you come down on this?  Do we teach sex ed to 11-year-olds because "they're going to eventually do it anyway" and it will "save lives, slow the spread of STD's and reduce teen pregnancy"?  Or, do we not teach it precisely because it will increase these things?  

Isn't it entirely rational and therefore predictable that an amoral, secular culture would resort to doing this?  But, that also raises the question, when should – and would – a Christian culture ever teach sex ed to their kids?  Are we doing it now? 

The Church needs to stop assuming we're still in the majority, and realize that we've been in the minority for some time now.  Just look at who "we the people" have been electing.  We're in Rome, Athens, Ephesus, and Philippi – we're no longer in Jerusalem, nor even in the America of our parents.  Our task is still to "out-live and out-love" the world, as it always has been.

What if Christian kids were the most well-informed kids around when it comes to the reality of sexual activity?  What if our kids were the ones providing the reality check to their friends?  What a great opportunity this is for the church!

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• (1:39) 1-full: Sex Ed- Fox News (8/11/2011)

(:15) 1-1 Pitfalls- principle. (Casimiro Cibelli, principle at John Phillips Sousa Middle School)

(:15) 1-2 Black and Hispanic young boys. (Linda Gibbs, deputy mayor for health and human services)

(:03) 1-3 Parent 1: Dislike. (unnamed mom)

(:10) 1-4 Parent 2: Like. (unnamed mom)

(:07) 1-5 Catholic League. (Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League)

(:12) 1-6 Principle: Hard work. (Casimiro Cibelli, principle at John Phillips Sousa Middle School)

 • (1:52) 2-full: Sex Ed- ABC (8/10/2011)

(:09) 2-1 Before sex (Linda Gibbs, deputy mayor of NYC)

(:05) 2-2 Parent 1: Dislike (unnamed mom)

(:07) 2-3 Parent 2: depends on content (Valerie Nero, mom)

(:08) 2-4 Catholic League- consequences (Bill Donohue, president)

(:11) 2-5 PP: "every year, every grade". (Joan Malin, Planned Parenthood, NYC)

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443-452 – Calls – 

• Christian Post (8/14/2011) Casual, Consensual Sex Has Hurt America, Greg Laurie Says.

458-508 – Joanna Hyatt, is Director of Reality Check (, 310-820-2560), sponsored by the Westside Pregnancy Clinic (, speaks to thousands of teens each year on sexual integrity.  She's here to give us a "reality check."

From the Website – Reality Check, sponsored by the Westside Pregnancy Clinic (WPC), is a unique sexual and relational health education program created specifically for middle and high school aged adolescents. This informative program is designed to prevent teenage pregnancy through the promotion of sexual integrity and emphasizes the emotional, physical and social benefits of postponing sex. From classrooms to assemblies, the message is presented through drama, video, personal stories, and dynamic oratory. Our method equips adolescents with medically accurate information and resources they need to build healthy relationships, make educated decisions about their body and to increase their self esteem. These dynamic presentations are made available to schools and community venues throughout Los Angeles County.

512-523 – Joanna HyattJoanna shares some of the more common questions she's asked from kids in all demographic categories.

528-539 – Joanna Hyatt,  Rochelle's GREAT call about having Joanna out for a "house call" to talk with her daughters and their friends at her house.

Calls – What actually works to deter kids from being sexually active?  When you were in junior high and high school, was it the Christian-moral arguments, or the statistical-medical arguments that had an impact on you?  (The "God Talk" or the "Oozing-Blisters Talk"?)  Based on your own experience, if you were in front of your junior high youth group, what would you tell them?  If you could go back and speak with yourself, like a Back to the Future movie, what would you say to yourself to persuade you to make better life choices and not be "as" sexually active?  If you got pregnant really young, would having had a good sex ed class have prevented it?

544-554 – Joanna Hyatt

558-608 – Erik Rees, one of the pastors at Saddleback Church, invites players to participate in an upcoming charity golf tournament at Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano on Monday, September 12.  Proceeds will go to the NEGU Foundation – Never Ever Give Up – (, inspired by his daughter Jessie Rees who's fighting inoperable brain cancer at the age of 12.  Become a prayer fan at  Jessie was diagnosed on March 3, 2011, and after seeing so many "Courageous Kids" at CHOC who were "lonely, limited, and labeled," in her visits for chemotherapy, decided to create "Joy Jars" for them.  You can request one for your child at her website.

612-623 – Dr. Larry Rosen, a psychology professor at Cal State Dominguez Hills, the guy behind the research cited in the story below.  His area of expertise is the Psychology of Technology, and his book is entitled Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn (Amazon).

• Keith Ablow (Fox News. 9/8/2011) Facebook: Public Health Danger.  

628-639 – Dr. Larry Rosen

644-654 – Dr. Larry Rosen, What about the increasing pace of modern life?  What are some concerns you have for the family of the 21st century?  Larry teaches the TALK model of parenting:  Trust, Assess, Learn, Communicate, which includes observing culture together in what he calls "co-viewing" of movies, TV, surfing the web, etc.

• MSNBC (8/15/2011) Ind. fair reopens; stage collapse victims honored.  Governor calls wind gust a 'fluke' that no one could have foreseen.  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told hundreds of people who gathered Monday for a service to remember five people killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair that the tragedy has broken the hearts of the state's residents.

• Ramesh Ponnuru & Rich Lowry (NRO, 8/15/2011) Five Questions About Rick Perry: He'll face these obstacles on his way to the nomination.

• Michael Barone (NRO, 8/15/2011) The GOP Has Momentum: But it needs clear direction.

• WSJ Editorial (8/15/2011) Bachmann-Perry Overdrive: GOP voters are still searching for a unifying candidate.

• Theodore Dalrymple (WSJ, 8/15/2011) The Barbarians Inside Britain's Gates: All the young rioters will have had long experience with the justice system's efforts to confer impunity upon law breakers.

• OC Register (8/15/2011) Outrageous pensions slashed by CalPERS