The Culture Translator – #3TTW

ulture          THREE THINGS THIS WEEK

This is a re-blog from’s The Culture Translator. Check out to gain weekly insight into how pop culture, technology, and media are influencing your students.

  1. Halloween

What it is: Holidays = party time for many teens. And with that come many choices: Do I drink? Do I hook up? Do I get in a car with my drunk friend behind the wheel?

Why it’s important: As hard as we try to raise our children to honor God in all they do, they aren’t robots. So if your teen makes foolish choices this weekend, it’s ok to get upset because, if we love holiness, sin should be abhorrent to us. However, turn your righteous anger into a redemptive opportunity to offer grace and forgiveness. You know your teen best: What will best help him deeply grasp the consequences (emotional, spiritual, relational, etc.) of his choices? What will draw her closer to the heart of God, rather than push her even more toward the patterns of this world?


  1. Dig into the Word

What it is: Jefferson Bethke, whom you may recognize from this viral video, has an amazing online workshop with practical tools to help us get excited about and make time for reading God’s Word every day.

Why it’s valuable: The Bible is more accessible than ever, yet our technological advances don’t necessarily help us to better understand it or apply it to our lives. If you, your family, or your students have ever felt disconnected from, confused by, or even bored with God’s Word, this course is absolutely worth the investment. With so many things competing for our time, attention, hearts, and minds, being rooted in God’s Word is paramount!


  1. The Walking Dead

What it is: Season 7 of the top show premiered Sunday with blood, brutality, death, and the worst villain yet.

Why it’s influential: The storytellers at AMC are masters, knowing not only how to drive ratings up by pushing the limits of violence, but also how to make viewers feel personally connected to the characters. In this week’s season premiere of TWD viewers received a punch to the gut when one of their most beloved characters was murdered by the sadism of newcomer Negan, leaving many viewers with a real sense of personal loss and the feeling of being manipulated by the show’s increasing level of cruelty. At this point, the show is a cultural experiment to see just how much gratuitous violence the audience can take before they break. TWD smashes heads and calls it art. It’s not, it’s dehumanizing. Help your younger viewers create the discernment to know when enough is enough by refusing to continue filling their minds and hearts with gore, brutality and violence.

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