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March 11, 2017

Should Christian Parents Allow Their Children to use Social Media?

Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat?  Should Christian children and teens be using them?  This Saturday on Up For Debate, Julie Roys will explore this issue with Dr. Kathy Koch who believes that teens should only use social media with specific limits and Youth Minister Justin Cox who embraces the platform.  Listen and join the discussion on this episode of Up For Debate!​​

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Dr. Kathy Koch
Dr. Kathy Koch

Dr. Kathy Koch

Dr. Kathy Koch is the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas. She earned three degrees from Purdue University, including a Ph.D. in Reading and Educational Psychology. Before moving to Fort Worth to establish her ministry, Kathy served as a tenured Associate Professor in the education department at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. She speaks to parents, women, educators, singles, students, and missionaries nationally and internationally and has been privileged to speak in 17 countries.

Justin Cox
Justin Cox

Justin Cox

Justin Cox is the Minister to Youth and Families at First United Methodist Church in Orlando, Florida. He also teaches Social Media and Electronic Communication for the Youth Ministry Institute in Orlando. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in entrepreneurship. When not ministering or helping youth workers to grow, he spends his time traveling and eating at interesting places with his wife Carla.

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Julie Roys

Julie Roys has become a trusted voice on the Moody Radio Network, earning an audience through her reasoned and biblical discernment of difficult cultural issues.  Since 2012, Julie has been hosting Up For Debate , a show that initially launched on WMBI in Chicago, but now airs on about 150 stations nationwide.  Julie also is a sought-after speaker and blogger and has written articles for WORLD Magazine, Christian Post, Boundless, Good News Magazine, and the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Family Channel. Julie came to Moody Radio in 2007, after taking a 13-year hiatus from broadcasting to raise her children and serve in youth ministry. Prior to that, Julie worked as a TV news reporter for a CBS affiliate in Indiana and as a newswriter for WGN-TV and Fox News in Chicago.  She holds a bachelor's degree in history from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, and a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Julie and her husband, Neal, live in the Chicago suburbs and have three children.

Up for Debate

Many issues are not debatable within orthodox Christianity—the virgin birth, the veracity of the Scripture, the bodily resurrection of Christ. However, some issues are. For example: Can a Christian join the military and support a war? Should Christians advocate for environmental causes? Is it okay to use in-vitro fertilization? Up For Debate seeks to equip believers to discern these debatable matters by engaging biblically with people holding diverse opinions. Each week, host Julie Roys invites two guests onto the one-hour program to defend opposing views. She also encourages listeners to call in and add their comments and questions. The views expressed on Up For Debate do not always represent those of Moody Bible Institute. However, Moody wholeheartedly affirms the means the show uses to evaluate these views. Like the Bereans mentioned in Acts, Julie and her guests examine the Scriptures, seeking which positions most closely align with God’s Word. By doing so, Up For Debate develops in listeners what British essayist Samuel Johnson termed “expert discernment”—the ability “to tell the good from the bad” and “the genuine from the counterfeit.”