For over 100 years, American culture has had an ever-increasing infatuation with electronic media and entertainment. A handful of thoughtful skeptics in the past contemplated the long-term effects on family, society, and individuals. Now we are reaping the consequences as more and more studies confirm what some had rightly predicted. That is, our ability to be attentive is steadily eroding. We are becoming less attentive to our families, study, work, and most importantly, to God. What are the results and what will it take to regain the ground that has been lost?
Yvette Hampton talks with Phillip Telfer, homeschool dad, pastor, author, film producer, and director of Media Talk 101 about these issues. In this interview, Phillip doesn’t just address the problems with digital devices, he offers many solutions on how to overcome those problems and take back the hearts of your family members.
Come back tomorrow for the conclusion of this conversation.
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Phillip Telfer has ministered to youth and families for over 25 years, sharing at camps, retreats, schools, conferences, and churches around the country. He is the director of the non-profit ministry Media Talk 101 and author of the book Media Choices: Convictions or Compromise? and the young adult novel Why Save Alexander. He wrote, produced, and co-directed the award-winning documentary Captivated: Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture, and founded the annual Christian Worldview Film Festival and Filmmakers Guild. Phillip loves Jesus, his family, and his local church. He’s finicky about coffee so he took up the hobby of home roasting and when he needs to unplug he can be found in his workshop crafting things from wood. He and his wife Mary have been happily married for thirty years and are blessed with four wonderful children, one fantastic son-in-law, and two precious grandchildren. Phillip and Mary are dedicated to homeschooling their three teens through high school.
Connect with Phillip Telfer:
7 Considerations in the Age of Video Games – eBook, by Phillip Telfer
Captivated documentary: Free 60 minute version on Facebook
Gabb Phone – a safe phone for kids
Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology
By Neil Postman / Vintage
Why Save Alexander, novel by Phillip Telfer
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