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Starbucks Cups

       If you have a Middle Schooler, you probably already know how much many of them love Starbucks.  With the Zionsville location so close to the school, I often see many of our students walking there after school lets out.  It's also an often visited location for people in ministry, early morning meetings, and daily coffee-fixes.  But again they're the center of attention for a social media campaign against them.

       One former pastor is outraged that Starbucks is attempting to take Christ out of Christmas.  So he's lobbied for Christians to tell Starbucks their name is "Merry Christmas" in order to force Starbucks employees to use the phrase.  But is this how Christians should act?  Should we be forcing our celebrations on others?  Should this even be a big deal in the first place?  Check out this article for more on what's happening.

Discussion Questions with MS students: Is Starbucks really taking over Christmas? Should their cups be a big deal for Christians? What other things should we worry about besides what's on a cup? Would Jesus complain about the culture and society's "War on Christmas?" How do we handle this as Christians?

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Most Influential Teens

With media, breaking news, and social networks in the palm of your hand, it becomes easier and easier to have a voice and influence others.  Time Magazine puts out an annual list of young people who seem to do this best a dub them the "Most Influential Teens."  This year's list includes many from last year.  Most notably: Jazz Jennings, Shawn Mendes, Jaden Smith, Malia Obama, Lydia Ko, the Jenners, Malala Yousafzai, and Bethany Mota.

       The articles below give a quick description of what the Most Influential Teens do, how they have influence, and what they say.  Check it out to see what people may be influencing your student.

Discussion Questions with MS students: What people most influence you? Do you follow any of these people? Why/why not? Do you know what they stand for or why they are famous? How do you feel about these issues? Do you think their influence is positive or negative and why?

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