Who Are the iGeneration and What Does Research Tell Us?
Eric Geiger summarizes Jean Twenge’s important book iGen.

Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy. So why can’t you put it down?
This is from the Globe and Mail:

A decade ago, smart devices promised to change the way we think and interact, and they have – but not by making us smarter. Eric Andrew-Gee explores the growing body of scientific evidence that digital distraction is damaging our minds.

There have been so many articles in the past few days about the damage digital technology and social media are doing to us. Here are two more, this time from the BBC:

Is social media bad for you? The evidence and the unknowns

#LikeMinded: A new series on social media and mental health

Even Apple’s major investors are urging the company to take action on phone addition. It’s probably only when this begins to reduce income and investment value that these companies will take this seriously.

Eight Questions on Addictions for Pastors – Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation
“The word addiction is open to all kinds of theories, which is one reason some Christians try to avoid it. Slavery is more specific. But the word addiction is a useful point of contact that essentially says, “I like this, or at least I once liked it, but I certainly never planned to be owned by it.” How do you approach addictions in your church? Here are eight questions for pastors to consider.”

The New Normal for Church Security
“I recently conducted a social media survey to ask church leaders and members to share what their churches were doing for church security. I then went to the Church Answers community ( for more in-depth responses. Here are some realities of the new normal as articulated by these respondents:”

The Institute for Expository Preaching with Steven Lawson
Here are some opportunities to attend Steve Lawson’s highly regarded Expository preaching seminars around the country.

Puritan Reformed Seminary and Reformation Bible College Forge Partnership For MDiv Program
Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (“PRTS”) in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Reformation Bible College (“RBC”) in Sanford, Fla., have agreed to a a strategic partnership establishing of a 6-year Master of Divinity (MDiv) Program. This strategic partnership exemplifies the vision of the strengthening and sharing of resources in the service of the academy and church.

New Book

Preparing Children for Marriage: How to Teach God’s Good Design for Marriage, Sex, Purity, and Dating by Josh Mulvihill (RHB).

Kindle Books

For your non-Kindle book buying needs please consider using Reformation Heritage Books in the USA and Reformed Book Services in Canada. Good value prices and shipping.

Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional by Martin Luther $2.99.

The John MacArthur Collection Volume 1: Alone with God, Standing Strong, Anxious for Nothing, The Silent Shepherd  by John MacArthur Jr $1.99. The book on anxiety is good for common-garden everyday anxiety but don’t apply it to anxiety disorders.

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn $3.99.