Take 5 (+2) with Jon McLaughlin

By Amy Sondova “Beating My Heart” the first single from Jon McLaughlin’s sophomore album OK, Now (Island/Def Jam) has been making waves on the radio (both figuratively and literally) for weeks.  Produced by Jon Fields (Switchfoot, Jonas Brothers), the album has a soulful, bluesy pop-rock inspired by the likes of Billy Joel, Elton John, andContinue reading “Take 5 (+2) with Jon McLaughlin”

Waking Up with Everyday Sunday

Written in May 2007 By Amy Sondova Despite cell phone reception that went in and out, sleep deprivation, and the rigorous schedule Everyday Sunday keeps these days, BSW’s interview with front man Trey Pearson went on…via e-mail. Traveling from Duluth to Chicago in their trusty RV, Harvey the RV, the band noticed a funky odor,Continue reading “Waking Up with Everyday Sunday”

This Beautiful Republic: Youth Ministry’s New Venue

By Amy Sondova Imagine five guys in their 20’s, a bit punchy from being in a van too long, standing at a scenic overlook at the Grand Canyon. In the past few days, they’ve traveled from Ohio to Arizona and now were headed back east again. A fledging rock band, This Beautiful Republic’s lead singerContinue reading “This Beautiful Republic: Youth Ministry’s New Venue”

Hidden Identity: Why Girls Love Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus

By Amy Sondova When I was in middle school, I liked to pretend I was a mutant; it helped me get through the rough days. Specifically, I was a teenage member of the X-Men, a group of mutant superheroes created by Marvel Comics genius, Stan Lee. Pretending I was more than just what people sawContinue reading “Hidden Identity: Why Girls Love Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus”

When Cutting Comes to Church

By Amy Sondova, M.A. When Cutting Comes to Church: A Guide for Youth Workers is a manual for youth workers who are working with students who self injure. Because cutting still remains largely a female problem, this manual addresses it as such. To get receive a PDF copy of this manual, When Cutting Comes Home:Continue reading “When Cutting Comes to Church”

I Grew Up Online

It wasn’t until I went to college that everyone else was online (I was online at 14). I even participated in some, uh, inappropriate chats. Nothing too crazy happened, but I was a pretty mild girl. However, a lot of my friends were not mild and became enamored with Internet pornography. Keep in mind thatContinue reading “I Grew Up Online”

Bullying in the Age of Technology

Traditional methods of bullying such as hassling underlings for lunch money or giving wedgies seem to have fallen by the wayside in light of new technology. For example, is it better to call a girl a slut in front of a few friends or to send a text message about her to everyone on yourContinue reading “Bullying in the Age of Technology”

Teen Alleges Rape on Church Retreat

It’s all over the headlines of the local papers–an 18 year-old man has been charged with raping a 14 year-old girl while on a church retreat. (Story here.) According to the paper, the two teenagers (even though the paper is calling him a “man”. I imagine it’s a high school senior and a high schoolContinue reading “Teen Alleges Rape on Church Retreat”