Vol. 3 Issue 46 | November 17, 2017

Vol. 3 Issue 46 | November 17, 2017

Three Things This Week

1. Lil Peep

What it is: Rapper and YouTube star Lil Peep was found dead in his tour bus on Thursday. He was 21.

Why it's a wake up call: Nobody on the scene believes he wanted to die, but the evidence points to an accidental overdose on Xanax. Like Lil Peep, 90 Americans die every day from overdose, making opioids the deadliest drug crisis in American history. Students aren’t getting their drugs on the street corner these days, they’re accessing them from the medicine cabinet. “Adolescents abuse prescription drugs more than just about any other substance.” Why? Because they are free and readily accessible. If you have prescription drugs at home, lock them up or keep them at work; keep track of how many pills you have; and most importantly, educate your children on the proper use, abuse, and dangers of prescription drugs. Remember, legal does not mean safe. Talking to your teen about drugs is a process, not a single event. Here’s 6 tips to help you get started.

2. A Parent’s Guide to Thanksgiving

What it is: Few things can make us crazy like family get togethers with relatives we rarely see but definitely don’t see eye-to-eye with!

Why we can help: Sometimes it’s hard to be thankful, especially if our family circumstances are far from ideal. The Thanksgiving holiday shouldn’t necessarily be a celebration of all that’s great in our lives. That’s an unsatisfactory, unhistorical, and potentially unreachable goal (the Pilgrims couldn’t even pull that off!). In truth, life is a mixture of joy and pain, peace and conflict, plenty and want. Maybe the most important lesson we can teach our children is to learn how to balance this tension while maintaining a posture of gratitude. To prep you for the holiday, read our Parent Guide to Thanksgiving. It will be the best $2.99 you spend this holiday season!

3. Museum of the Bible

What it is: The $500 million museum, brainchild of Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green, opens today in Washington D.C.

Why it’s encouraging: The museum contains eight floors of biblical artifacts and relics detailing the origins, compilation, and impact Scripture continues to have on the world. And while the Bible was not written to us, it was certainly written for us. “It’s so tempting to read the Bible as if it were written directly to us, in our situation, skip the parts that are about other people and places.” What’s beautiful about a museum experience like this is that it “has the potential to widely open our eyes to the fact that the Bible is immersed in real, ancient history, but it’s very different from ours.” The museum has the potential to start national conversations about the Bible, as well as spark personal conversations with your kids. Is it reliable? Can I trust it? How do I read it well? To help you and your teen answer these questions well, we’ve created a Conversation Kit on the reliability of the Bible. Watch our feature presentation on the historical reliability of Scripture today!


Black Friday Video Game Wish List

Last year, Americans spent $24.5 billion on video games, with over 155 million people playing on a regular basis. Researchers believe 97% of teens play video games. That’s crazy! And why do they play? Gaming provides a sense of autonomy, competence or mastery, and connectivity with friends (online gaming). The next time you watch your teen engrossed in a game, see if you can notice how the game challenges their skill level, connects them with friends, and frees them to be an authority figure. Adding to the level of enticement, the new Xbox One X is currently advertised as the most powerful gaming console invented. If there is a gamer in your house, here are the top 10 games that will be on their holiday wish list on Black Friday. Notice how many of these popular games contain graphic violence.

  1. Destiny 2 ( Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC) It’s already the best-selling game of 2017, and it will receive new DLC (downloadable content - new missions to accomplish and places to explore) called Curse of Osiris on December 5 to keep your gamer immersed in the fight to defend humanity against evil aliens.
  2. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (XB1, PS4, PC) An alternate-history, narrative-driven game where players slaughter Nazis indiscriminately. Watch trailer: (Warning: Graphic violence & profanity)
  3. Assassin’s Creed: Origins (XB1, PS4, PC) The latest in the long standing series, the player adventures as a member of a secret order of brutal assassins in ancient Egypt. This installment has received much better gameplay reviews than its predecessors, though the violence seems just as intense. Watch trailer: (Warning: Graphic violence)
  4. Call of Duty: WWII (XB1, PS4, PC) The next release in the massively popular shooter franchise. While COD games are popular for their online multiplayer offerings, they also include a story that players can play through. COD: WWII’s campaign is meant to be the Saving Private Ryan of the gaming world. Watch trailer: (Warning: Graphic violence & profanity)
  5. Need for Speed: Payback (XB1, PS4, PC) Inspired by the Fast and Furious movies, this high-octane racing game allows players to take the driver’s seat in a crew of vigilante street racers, chased by cops and gangs alike. Watch trailer.
  6. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes II (XB1, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch) The LEGO Group brings the Marvel Universe (known for The Avengers and X-Men) to brick a second time. Typical of the LEGO Group, the game promises a unique blend of humor, creativity, and adventure.
  7. Middle Earth: Shadow of War (PS4, Xbox One, PC) This action-adventure experience allows the gamer to determine the fate of Mordor. Interestingly, each player has a unique experience, meaning you develop your own relationships and outcomes with the characters based on the decisions you make while playing. Watch trailer (Warning: Graphic Violence)
  8. Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch) Players explore 3D worlds utilizing the iconic Mario and his new friend Cappy.
  9. Star Wars: Battlefront II (XB1, PS4, PC) Like Call of Duty, the Star Wars: Battlefront games are popular for online multiplayer combat, but this release features a story campaign. Players will take the role of a stormtrooper from the Empire to see the war from their perspective.
  10. FIFA 18: The most popular video game sports franchise in history, with new stadiums and a continued story-line from 2017. The soccer fan in your home will love it. Watch trailer.
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