Mixed Messages

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Quick Summary

Movies, music, and games are the languages of this generation—but how do you make wise decisions about what to read or watch when you’re bombarded by mixed messages every day? What does Scripture say about how we should interact with the good, the bad, and the ugly in our culture? How do we teach kids to think about the arts from a biblical worldview? With concrete examples and easy-to-apply principles, this workshop will give you valuable tools that parents, teens, and kids can use together. You will be challenged to grow in wisdom and grace as you select, analyze, and appreciate movies, books, music, and more.


Using concrete examples, Scripture, and personal experience, Tyler shares what he has learned about:

  1. Christ and the culture
    Historically, Christians have swung between the two extremes of abandoning the culture and imitating the culture. Scripture gives us a different model: engaging the culture.
  2. Untangling content, context, and commentary
    Ratings systems and review sites often fail to help us determine the value of a given movie or book. Delineating between portrayal of and approval of sinful content is key. The difference between Garfield: The Movie (PG) and Schindler’s List (R) isn’t just content; it’s value.
  3. Friendly fire
    More often than not, our media choices are “idol meat” issues, forcing us to balance what is and isn’t sin for us and for those we influence. Christian freedom has to be weighed against what causes us and those around us to stumble. It requires that we examine our heart motives and influences how we establish our personal and family guidelines.
  4. Training our kids
    We need solid biblical principles to equip our children to deal with the media-saturated world in which they live. We also need to give them practice, which can be done by using easy analysis questions to help them engage age-appropriate media. Our kids will learn best if we teach them how to approach the arts by example.
  5. What to do next
    There are lots of great resources for parents. We’ll look at some of them and discuss where to go from here.



Ideal for parents, teenagers, youth groups, and ministry leaders.


This talk can be given as a keynote address, workshop, or interview (30–60 minutes; 45 minutes with a Q&A afterward is ideal). It can also be given as an all-day or half-day seminar. Seminar formats can be customized to meet the needs of your group and cover many more topics.


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