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Consumed By Media: Parental Wisdom for the 21st Century

Last Updated: November 4, 2015

Luke Gilkerson
Luke Gilkerson

Luke Gilkerson has a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies and an MA in Religion. He is the author of Your Brain on Porn and The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality. Luke and his wife Trisha blog at IntoxicatedOnLife.com

Episode 168


Consumed By Media - Parental Wisdom for the 21st Century

In the modern world, media consumes our lives. From TVs to touchscreens, from text messages to tablets, media is part of our every day lives. How much is too much?

Today we are speaking with Phillip Telfer, founder of Media Talk 101. Media Talk 101 has been serving Christians and Christian families for over 10 years, talking about the importance of guarding not just what media we consume but how much we consume. As Christians we are called to “redeem the time” (Ephesians 5:16), but when our lives are dominated by media, this can prove very difficult.

Show Notes:

0:54 – What is Media Talk 101 and why did it start?

4:02 – Often parents pay attention to the kind of media kids consume, but should parents be just as concerned about the amount of media their children consume? What do the statistics tell us?

14:18 – What’s so bad about lots of media consumption?

20:50 – How much media consumption should we allow in our homes?

25:27 – What are biblical principles parents can teach their kids related to media consumption? How do we put these principles into practice?

Learn more about Media Talk 101’s award-winning documentary, Captivated: Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture.

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  • Comments on: Consumed By Media: Parental Wisdom for the 21st Century
    1. Media in general has ruined my life. My parents, who basically abandoned me by allowing the TV to babysit me, allowed me to be exposed to porn and all sorts of worldliness from a very young age. I feel that I have a very broken soul as a result, and I would encourage all parents to severely limit the time that they allow their kids to watch TV, along with putting only entertainment that will support a biblical worldview in front of them. It’s either that, or allow the devil to prance around in the playground of your children’s minds.

    2. Ayobami

      This is a very timely one, Luke! And I’m so thankful to God for Phillip’s ministry. The youths need it desperately…the adults and the little ones too. I can’t even begin to articulate what I think of the media. There is no way the devil steals more than through the media today.
      May the Good Lord continue to sustain you guys. Amen!
      I’m checking out Phillip’s site in the morning…

      • It is very timely, I agree. Phillip’s ministry is wonderful.

    3. Ayobami

      Luke, I’m really looking forward and (by God’s Grace) preparing to get Covenant Eyes into Nigeria. It’s been on my mind, and I’m putting it in prayer.
      I just found out last week that Planned Parenthood has offices here in Nigeria…(that’s no good news). So, I’m praying we will have an arm of Covenant Eyes here to infuse a GOOD perspective into many social issues seeping in through what Africans like to call Westernization.
      I don’t know your plans of ‘reaching out’, but please, consider Nigeria. And contact me if anything comes up.
      Thanks and God bless!

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