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    Help Teens Live in Purity

     Today I'm happy to have Kim as my guest. She has tons of experience  working with youth. And she has some interesting stuff to say about  Living Pure: Virginal vs. Virtuous.    I recently got to hang out with some friends who work in different  student ministries, and we had a blast telling war stories, reliving some  of our dumber mistakes when working with teens (and parents), and  lamenting some of the ongoing difficulties facing student ministries and  workers, as well as the challenges students themselves are facing in  this increasingly technological world. I seized the opportunity to casually float some questions to my friends about how they encourage their youth…

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    A Quick Guide to Talking with Kids about Sex

    My five-year-old daughter and I sat in the Wal-Mart parking lot one weekend waiting for my husband to return. Suddenly out of nowhere, she asked, “Mommy, what does f— mean?” I consciously locked my jaw to keep it from falling to the floor mat and exuded a studied calm as I asked where she’d heard that word. She was at the neighbor’s. Her friend’s dad said it. “But what does it mean?” she insisted. Though her question arose from hearing profanity, not curiosity about sex, I realized the need to have “the sex talk” had arrived a few years earlier than expected.   So, what in the world do we say when…