Tag: Desires

A Great Interview with ScreenStrong Podcast

I recently had the honor of appearing on the ScreenStrong Families Podcast. I think the 25-minute interview with Marketing Director Mandee Hamann is one of the most helpful I’ve done. If you need encouragement to become more intentional with screens — yours or your family’s — I think you’ll appreciate this episode. If so, please ...

Kellogg’s And Blues Clues: Lying With Pride, Destroying Our Kids

It’s so hard to see a delusion for what it is when you’re immersed in it. When everything you see and hear and feel confirm the powerful propaganda. But lies are obvious to anyone on the outside. And it’s so easy to just go along — to float on the raging river of lies. We ...

With “Play Something”, Netflix Attacks More Of Your Brain

Netflix — an enemy of your intentional life — deployed a new weapon in their desire-shaping arsenal a couple weeks ago. It’s a deceptively helpful sounding button titled: “Play Something”. According to Netflix’s own announcement: “There are times when we just don’t want to make decisions. A Friday evening after a long work week. A fridge ...

We’re Confused About Social Media

The confusion about social media is a misunderstanding about what it is, and what it’s for. Most people think it’s a tool for connecting with family and friends. For sharing pictures with grandparents. For announcing important things. For convenient conversation. But social media is actually none of those things. Social media is an advertising platform ...

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Grateful for Book Awards!

My book, [Un]Intentional: How Screens Secretly Shape Your Desires, and How You can Break Free, has received some nice recent recognition. First, it won a Silver medal in the 2020 Illumination Book Awards for the Self-Help/Recovery category. These national awards “are designed to honor and bring increased recognition to the year’s best new titles written ...

Your Wife Told Me About Your Video Games

Hey Man … Your wife came up to me before I spoke at a recent convention and told me about your video game addiction. Your wife. Told me. I thought you’d want to know. If I were you, I’d want to know that my strong, beautiful, brilliant wife was hurting. That she felt alone with ...

Did you miss Christmas?

On Christmas Eve, my wife and youngest daughter attended an elegant candlelight communion service. Another one of our daughters and her husband were part of the beautiful music ensemble: daughter in the choir, son-in-law co-leading with acoustic guitar. Traditional carols were sung by all, along with short pastoral messages about the meanings of each. At ...

Feel Like A Civil War Is Coming? You’re Supposed To.

Do you feel like the world is going crazy? You’re supposed to feel that way. News corporations make gazillions exploiting our fears and making us angry. They make their videos dramatic and attractive so we will keep watching and scrolling and clicking. The “news” about a coming civil war is a tragic example. The media ...

YouTube Kids Isn’t The Babysitter You’re Looking For

Parents: If there was a cute, colorful, friendly robot that would babysit your kids for free, would you use it? What if the robot was programmable by people around the world, so that anyone could teach it new games to play with your kids? What if a company like Google offered this amazing robot, promising ...

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You Are Not Your Feelings

Everyone’s heard this cultural mantra: our feelings define our identity. According to pop-culture wisdom, truth itself is created and validated by our feelings. We must listen to and act upon our emotions, as they are the most authentic part of who we are. Just think back to the most popular psalm of the cultural doctrine-defining ...