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If you’re a parent, teacher, or mentor of children in today’s world, you probably feel overwhelmed by the news. How do you help the kids and students in your lives engage with what’s going on in the world? How do you disciple them through the news with discernment instead of anxiety?

I'm Kelsey Reed, News Coach for God’s WORLD News, seminary-trained educator, wife, mom of three, and most importantly, follower of Christ. I’m here to come alongside you as you have the important conversations of life, faith, and culture with your kids.

We’ll answer your questions, offer ideas and resources, and hear from other parents and educators to identify the best tools and practices for establishing a non-anxious learning environment, developing news literacy, and cultivating biblical discernment.

Today’s world can feel overwhelming. Let’s press pause together and learn concurrently.

Concurrently: The News Coach Podcast WORLD Radio

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 59 Ratings

If you’re a parent, teacher, or mentor of children in today’s world, you probably feel overwhelmed by the news. How do you help the kids and students in your lives engage with what’s going on in the world? How do you disciple them through the news with discernment instead of anxiety?

I'm Kelsey Reed, News Coach for God’s WORLD News, seminary-trained educator, wife, mom of three, and most importantly, follower of Christ. I’m here to come alongside you as you have the important conversations of life, faith, and culture with your kids.

We’ll answer your questions, offer ideas and resources, and hear from other parents and educators to identify the best tools and practices for establishing a non-anxious learning environment, developing news literacy, and cultivating biblical discernment.

Today’s world can feel overwhelming. Let’s press pause together and learn concurrently.

    A process for evaluating shifting words and meanings

    A process for evaluating shifting words and meanings

    The Associated Press asks journalists to use the term “abortion rights” and Dictionary.com chooses “woman” as word of the year. In a world that challenges truth, how do we steward the gift of language? Kelsey and Jonathan explore words, worldview, and authority. We would love to hear from you. You can send us a message at newscoach@wng.org (mailto:newscoach@wng.org). What current events or cultural issues are you wrestling through with your kids and teens? Let us know. We want to work through it with you. See more from the News Coach (https://gwnews.com/newscoach/), including episode transcripts.Further Resources: * See this brief blog (https://transforminggrace.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/john-frame-on-knowing-things/) for an exploration of foundational epistemology (how we know). Because God is knowable, we are also knowable, and so is the world. Therefore our words have meaning.* Dive deeper into the concept of worldview (https://praxiscircle.com/blog/worldview-pillars/) and the hallmarks of today’s most common ideologies.* To expand your understanding and application of Aristotle’s Five Common Topics, find a systematic explanation here (https://classicalconversations.com/blog/five-common-topics-of-dialectic/) and model here (http://www.mthopechronicles.com/2015/03/the-question-5-common-topics-and.html#:~:text=These%20power%20questions%20are%20part,relationship%2C%20circumstance%2C%20and%20testimony). Concurrently is produced by God’s WORLD News. We provide current events materials for kids and teens that show how God is working in the world. To learn more about God’s WORLD News and browse sample magazines, visit gwnews.com (https://gwnews.com/). This episode is sponsored by Frameworks.For many families, full time Christian education is not feasible. Frameworks offers online Biblical Worldview courses for public high school students, partnering with well-known ministries to create courses on discipleship, creation science, worship, finances, and more!Explore Frameworks online, Biblical Worldview courses for high school students today at bibleclassesforpublicschools.com (https://www.ncsaz.org/frameworks-online-biblical-worldview-courses).

    • 33 min
    Video gaming and creation rhythms

    Video gaming and creation rhythms

    The headlines blame video games for all sorts of problems among kids and teens. But are video games the culprit? Or does gaming serve a purpose in our God-ordained rhythms of work and rest? We would love to hear from you. You can send us a message at newscoach@wng.org (mailto:newscoach@wng.org). What current events or cultural issues are you wrestling through with your kids and teens? Let us know. We want to work through it with you. See more from the News Coach (https://gwnews.com/newscoach/), including episode transcripts.Further Resources: * Read or listen to “Gaming Alone: Helping the Generation of Young Men Captivated and Isolated by Video Games” (https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/gaming-alone/) by Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra at The Gospel Coalition.* Read “The Case for Taking Video Games Seriously” (https://christandpopculture.com/the-case-for-taking-video-games-seriously/) by Patrick Miller at Christ and Pop Culture.* Learn more about the rhythms of rest and work (https://www.theologyofwork.org/key-topics/rest-and-work-overview) modeled in the Bible.* Download the “Parents Guide to Video Games” (https://axis.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Axis-Parents-Guide-to-Video-Games-1.pdf?utm_campaign=The%20One%20Conversation%20Journey&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=241953135&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8VeFyaRxMnsk9PvNLe2c1ZW5JfY8Np5UsZf51Bs2nrlzcq9Zn0dpXA241UB4TOsRM5tIUcHGyimRjzXIkK830YBD4q-A&utm_content=241953135&utm_source=hs_email) from Axis. Concurrently is produced by God’s WORLD News. We provide current events materials for kids and teens that show how God is working in the world. To learn more about God’s WORLD News and browse sample magazines, visit gwnews.com (https://gwnews.com/). This episode is sponsored by Frameworks. For many families, full time Christian education is not feasible. Frameworks offers online Biblical Worldview courses for public high school students, partnering with well-known ministries to create courses on discipleship, creation science, worship, finances, and more!Explore Frameworks online, Biblical Worldview courses for high school students today at bibleclassesforpublicschools.com (https://www.ncsaz.org/frameworks-online-biblical-worldview-courses).

    • 28 min
    TikTok influencers and the weight of glory

    TikTok influencers and the weight of glory

    "YouTube/Social Media Influencer" has recently charted as the top vocational aspiration for teens and pre-teens in the US and UK. Join Kelsey and Jonathan as they discuss this cultural phenomenon and what it means for discipleship. We would love to hear from you. You can send us a message at newscoach@wng.org (mailto:newscoach@wng.org). What current events or cultural events are you wrestling through with your kids and teens? Let us know. We want to work through it with you. See more from the News Coach (https://gwnews.com/newscoach/), including episode transcripts. Further Resources:* Read “How to Gain an Audience and Lose Your Soul” (https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/gain-audience-lose-soul/) by Patrick Miller on The Gospel Coalition.* Learn more about the Harris Poll/LEGO Group’s global survey asking kids: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” (https://www.statista.com/chart/28802/childhood-aspirations-in-china-us-uk/)* Learn more about healthy boundaries for social media (https://gwnews.com/a-stance-for-receiving-social-media/) at the News Coach Blog. Concurrently is produced by God’s WORLD News. We provide current events materials for kids and teens that show how God is working in the world. To learn more about God’s WORLD News and browse sample magazines, visit gwnews.com (https://gwnews.com/). This episode is sponsored by Frameworks.For many families, full time Christian education is not feasible. Frameworks offers online Biblical Worldview courses for public high school students, partnering with well-known ministries to create courses on discipleship, creation science, worship, finances, and more!Explore Frameworks online, Biblical Worldview courses for high school students today at bibleclassesforpublicschools.com (https://www.ncsaz.org/frameworks-online-biblical-worldview-courses).

    • 32 min
    Extraordinary times call for ordinary measures

    Extraordinary times call for ordinary measures

    How do we respond to “unprecedented times?” We've heard this term a lot over the past three years. But what does it mean—and are these times truly unprecedented? Kelsey and Jonathan cast a vision, affirming the everyday processes of discipleship as the method to meet with the news and noise of our busy world. We would love to hear from you. You can send us a message at newscoach@wng.org (mailto:newscoach@wng.org). What current events or cultural events are you wrestling through with your kids and teens? Let us know. We want to work through it with you. See more from the News Coach (https://gwnews.com/newscoach/), including episode transcripts.Further Resources: * Listen to our discussion of culture-making (https://gwnews.com/a-dialogue-on-culture-making/) and the importance of slow, gradual work.* Learn more about God’s timelessness and the importance of His incommunicable attributes (https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/10-things-you-should-know-about-gods-incommunicable-attributes/).* Learn more about the role of definition (https://theplaceswelearn.com/the-five-common-topics/)in the learning process. Concurrently is produced by God’s WORLD News. We provide current events materials for kids and teens that show how God is working in the world. To learn more about God’s WORLD News and browse sample magazines, visit gwnews.com (https://gwnews.com/). This episode is sponsored by Frameworks.For many families, full time Christian education is not feasible. Frameworks offers online Biblical Worldview courses for public high school students, partnering with well-known ministries to create courses on discipleship, creation science, worship, finances, and more!Explore Frameworks online, Biblical Worldview courses for high school students today at bibleclassesforpublicschools.com (https://www.ncsaz.org/frameworks-online-biblical-worldview-courses).

    • 31 min
    Concurrently: The News Coach Podcast Trailer

    Concurrently: The News Coach Podcast Trailer

    If you’re a parent, teacher, or mentor of children in today’s world, you probably feel overwhelmed by the news. How do you help the kids and students in your lives engage with what’s going on in the world? How do you disciple them through the news with discernment instead of anxiety? I'm Kelsey Reed, News Coach for God’s WORLD News, seminary-trained educator, wife, mom of three, and most importantly, follower of Christ. I’m here to come alongside you as you have the important conversations of life, faith, and culture with your kids. We’ll answer your questions, offer ideas and resources, and hear from other parents and educators to identify the best tools and practices for establishing a non-anxious learning environment, developing news literacy, and cultivating biblical discernment.Today’s world can feel overwhelming. Let’s press pause together and learn concurrently.

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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

jennydmamaof5 ,

So. Very. Good

I listened to both new podcasts this weekend. Had already been doing some thinking about influencers and the role of social media in our lives…Kelsey breathed fresh words into my thoughts and helped me move from merely thinking to being proactive - first in my own life, and next in conversations with my kids moving forward. What an excellent podcast and what a gift to us as parents and educators! I look forward to the next installment! This is so well worth a good listen!

Dr. Mac676 ,

Breath of Fresh Air!

Thank you for speaking Truth in Love while still pointing to True North !

chelseaboes ,

Excellent stuff for Christian parents

Wonderful, calm feeling to this. Tells you not what to think but how to think clearly. Great, non-anxious resource for parents or teachers in these days of dizzying amounts of news.

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