Vol. 2 Issue 28 | July 15, 2016

Vol. 2 Issue 28 | July 15, 2016

Three Things This Week

1. NoFap

What it is: A slang term used by atheist millennials to discourage p*rn use and masturbation.

Why it's important: Pornography isn’t a Christian problem; it’s a human problem, and a growing list (over 183,000) of young men are accepting the challenge to eliminate porn from their lives. There are over 420 million pages of p*rn on the Internet, and popular sites receive over 100 million visits per day. Each view triggers a super-charged release of dopamine in the user that is literally rewiring the brain toward addiction as the “brain actually begins to see other people as body parts for the purpose of our pleasure.” Here are four non-biblical reasons why porn ruins lives.

2. CBE Bible App

What it is: The Community Bible Experience app is a revolutionary way to engage Scripture, stripping away the clutter (chapters, verses, cross-references), allowing the Bible to be read more like a story, instead of an encyclopedia.

Why it's good: Because form matters. This new app provides a fresh, yet ancient presentation of Scripture that honors the original literary genres found in the text, plus the style encourages you to read the Bible like you read a novel--in large chunks--rather than like Twitter--in bite-sized, disconnected verses. Start with a 40-day journey through the New Testament and see how this digital delivery allows you to see Scripture in its original context.

3. M.I.L.F. $

What it is: Fergie’s newest music video, “M.I.L.F. $,” features several mom-aged celebrities (Kim Kardashian, Ciara, Chrissy Teigen) flaunting their sexuality in a failed attempt at female empowerment.

Why it's important: "MILF" (acronym for "Mom I'd Like to...") is this generation’s Mrs. Robinson, a crude way of saying an older mom is attractive. Fergie changes the acronym to "Mom I'd Like to Follow," though there is nothing in the video to suggest we should think anything about these women other than they are attractive. Instead of finding freedom through education, equal employment, or motherhood, this sexually charged route to female empowerment only ends in slavery to sexual objectification. Culture screams to moms (and women of all ages) that they are only valuable if they are desirable. Ask yourself and your female students: Are we so desperate for acceptance that we will welcome objectification as a compliment?


Pokémon Go in 5 Quick Points

What it is: An augmented/virtual reality smartphone game that utilizes the camera, overlaying digital Pokémon on real-time video of the world around you. Here’s an in-depth explanation.

Why it’s different: Unlike most games, it forces you to move around and walk great distances to complete objectives, as well as interact with people IRL at meeting spots (or “gyms”) to battle.

Why it’s important: It’s getting more downloads and generating more money than any other app at the moment. Everyone’s talking about it. It’s Nintendo’s most successful mobile venture to date, increasing Nintendo’s net worth by $11 billion. Bigger even than Tinder and Twitter.

Why it’s good: It forces users to meet people IRL and gets them moving.

Why it’s bad: Despite more interaction, people are still staring at their screens. People have been injured by paying attention to their phones. Pokemon can be found everywhere--even bad sides of town at dangerous times or at places like the Holocaust Memorial and Auschwitz (which creates a whole new set of complaints and issues). It also requires a lot of access to your phone and can thus be intrusive to your privacy.