The Kitchen Table #38: The Christian Witness in an Entitlement Culture

Everyone is talking about the college admissions scandal and that begs the question: Is Entitlement just a part of our the US Culture? This week on the Shine.FM’s The Kitchen Table podcast, ministry director Brian McIntyre Utter and his son Jake share across the table about when our Christian walk intersects with the entitlement culture and what we can teach our kids differently. In Music Matters, music from Tauren Wells and Capital City Music featuring Dion Davis, and an oldie, but goldie from Mark Farner. In Culture Shock, how to talk to our kids about the dangers of Juuling. Be sure to subscribe to get all our Shine.FM podcasts.

July Difference Maker: Boys & Girls Clubs of NW Indiana

Each day, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana provides young people – especially those who need them most – with the support and affirmation to help them reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Every child deserves the opportunity to be successful. Currently operating six Clubs in Lake County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana (BGCNWI) has been offering hope and opportunity to local youth since 1954 by providing a safe place for kids to learn and grow through life-enhancing after-school and summer programming.

Through an innovative, outcomes-based model, and with the support of highly trained professional staff and adult mentors, BGCNWI offers fun and engaging programs to nearly 10,000 youth ages 6 to 18 that impact both academic and social success. When schools are out, Clubs are in!

BGCNWI recently announced a new initiative called the High 5 Challenge to raise money and awareness in support of their efforts to create possibilities, and GREAT Futures! Join the movement and take the High 5 Challenge today!

Visit or text High5 to 71777.

Listen to Shine.FM this month to find out more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana at You can also find them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @BGCNWI.

Pushing Back Morning Start Time

Now that school has started, are your teenagers complaining about having to get up so EARLY for their first class of the day? Well, America’s pediatricians may be on their side.


According to Fox News, the American Academy of Pediatrics believes that delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30 a.m. would help teens get the sleep they need.


The lack of enough sleep has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems. The pediatricians say teens are especially at risk, and that for them, “chronic sleep loss has increasingly become the norm.”


Studies have found that most U.S. students in middle school and high school don’t get the recommended amount of sleep, which is 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours on school nights. Most high school seniors get an average of less than seven hours per night.


According to government figures, more than 40 percent of the nation’s public high schools start classes before 8 a.m. And school bus pickup times typically mean kids have to get up before dawn if they want to take the bus.


So what about simply having school get out later in the day? Kristen Amundson with the National Association of State Boards of Education says that would be costly.


That’s because school buses often make multiple runs each day for older and younger students.   She adds that a later dismissal time would impact after-school sports and cut into the time allowed for homework and after-school jobs,


Uh, maybe I’m missing something here, but why not simply make your kid go to BED earlier? If you turn off all electronics at 9PM—including mobile technology, you may be amazed at how quickly your teen falls asleep!


I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Good News: Teen Flies Around The World


A 19-year-old American attempting to become the youngest person ever to fly around the world solo reached India Thursday, more than a month into his aerial odyssey.  Matt Guthmiller, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), smiled and flashed a thumbs-up after he landed his single-engined Beechcraft A36 Bonanza aircraft in the city of Nagpur in western Maharashtra state early Thursday.  The bespectacled teen is set to cover 29,000 miles during his month-long journey, making 25 stops across 14 countries.  He hopes to set a Guinness World Record by landing on July 8 in California, when he will be 16 days younger than Ryan Campbell of Australia, the current record holder.  Click here to learn more about this amazingly ambitious teen!


Good News: Salutatorian Speech Challenges Administrators


Brooks Hamby, a senior at BUHS, had his speech denied three times by the high school administration for expressing his Christian faith.  See how he responds here.


Anxious Adolescent

You work hard and have so much stress and pressure to deal with. Oh, to be a kid again where life is so carefree… Actually, you kids may be struggling even more than you are.

In a new study, forty percent of teens said they suffered from irritability or anger, while almost as many felt anxiety, depression, or sadness. The main culprit: stress.

And this stress can destroy a child’s ability to keep up in school, have healthy relationships, and avoid substance abuse. Plus, stress damages physical health through loss of sleep or poor eating habits. It’s a destructive domino effect many parents aren’t even aware of.

Teens need your help. Stay tuned to your child’s moods, academic performance, and changes in behavior—and talk to them about stress.  Encourage them to pray, exercise, journal, and find healthy ways to make adolescence less anxious.

Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Good News: Seniors Prank It Forward


Last year, seniors at Combs High School started a food fight as part of a school prank.  The prank ended with seniors involved in the prank being banned from graduation ceremonies.  It’s a much different story with seniors from the class of 2014 who have decided to “prank it forward”.  Seniors at Combs High School in the San Tan Valley are preparing to graduate Thursday, and they have pulled a senior prank that will not soon be forgotten.  This group of seniors organized a plan called “prank it forward” to raise money for a server at a nearby Olive Garden who needed help with medical bills.  As they paid for lunch they left him a cash tip of $510; it was money raised from students over the past week and a half, and it was caught on camera.  Watch this amazing video here.  Way to go seniors!


Teenagers: Body Image & Drunk Driving

This week I found a couple of youth culture stories that I wanted to pass along to parents.

As you know, a great deal of attention has been paid to how entertainment impacts girls’ perceptions of their body image. But movies and magazines can have an unhealthy impact on boys, too.

The latest example of that influence is connected to the recent movie 300: Rise of an Empire. When the original film, 300, came out, an exercise regimen called the 300 workout swept through health clubs—reportedly based on techniques the movie’s stars used to get bulked up for their roles.

And what impact do those images have on impressionable young males? reporter Eliana Dockterman says “Ripped male bodies that grace our movie screens have boys thinking they’re inadequate.”

She cites research indicating that a quarter of men today think they’re underweight, and more than half say they feel insecure about their bodies at least once a week.

Some guys spend unhealthy amounts of time working out, use unregulated substances to pack on muscle and even resort to steroids.

Dr. Alison Field, a professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital says “Instead of wanting to [do] something unhealthy to get smaller, they’re using unhealthy means to get larger.”

And here’s another study parents should be aware of. Teens who have ridden with drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs are far more likely to drive while impaired themselves,

Researchers followed students from 10th through 12th grade.  They found that found that if they’d previously ridden with an intoxicated or drug-using driver, they were about 120 times more likely to drive while impaired.

For some practical advice on talking to your kids about this issue, visit the website of Mothers Against Drunk Driving at

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Teen Girls Are Cutting & Legalized Marijuana

Teen girls are cutting themselves in record numbers—and sometimes they are doing it with their friends!

A new study out of New Zealand found that nearly 22% of 13- to 16-year old girls surveyed admitted to cutting.

Dr. Shelly James at Massey University says although the number was shocking, that’s not really what caught her attention.

She says the common perception is that cutters are isolated, unpopular outcasts.  But in reality, the cutters were just as likely to be among the most popular kids in school.

Her study also found that many girls had actually self-harmed in front of other people—or actually that girls had engaged in cutting together.

Dr. James says “Approximately 23% of self-harming kids had harmed in front of other people, and nearly 12% had actually harmed in conjunction with another person, so they had harmed together….that was staggering to me.”

In other news, according to the Pew Research Center’s latest poll, 52% of Americans now believe marijuana should be legal. It marks the first time a majority of those polled have been pro-pot.

Also, fewer and fewer Americans believe that smoking marijuana is a moral issue.

Today, just 32% believe it’s morally wrong, compared with 50% just seven years ago.

So what does the bible say about using marijuana?  Well, although it doesn’t specifically address it, it does command us to show self-control (Titus 1:8) and to “have a clear mind in every situation” (2 Timothy 4:5).

If you’re a parent and would like to get some solid facts on marijuana and your kids, go to

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Hard Drinking College Students May Be Damaging Their DNA

Weekends spent drinking and partying may seem like harmless fun for young adults, but new research has revealed that this level of alcohol consumption may actually damage their DNA.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse states that around four out of five college students in the US drink alcohol, and almost 2,000 college students die each year as a result of unintentional alcohol-related injuries.

According to Medical News Today, researchers in Mexico set out to analyze the oxidative damage caused by drinking alcohol in young, healthy people.  Oxidative damage is considered damage to proteins, membranes and DNA.

For the study, researchers recruited individuals between the ages of 18 and 23, who were then split into two groups.  One group was required to drink an average of 1.5 liters of alcohol each weekend, and the other group did not drink any alcohol.

The researchers found the drinkers had twice as much oxidative damage to their cell membranes compared to the non-drinkers.

By the way, if you’re the parent of a teenager, here’s something you should know.

The American Medical Association has found that a large percentage of teens who drink get the booze from their own parents.

25 percent of parents surveyed admitted to allowing their child to drink under their supervision.

And get this–One out of 12 parents said that they allowed their child’s friends to drink in their own home—often serving the alcohol themselves.

So even if you set a healthy example in your home, it’s anybody’s guess what may happen when your son or daughter visits a friend’s home.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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