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10 Big Ideas for 2014

A Theology of Information in the Screen Age

The Hyperlinked Life

DAVID KINNAMAN & JUN YOUNG

The Challenges of Being a Woman Today

Wonder Women

KATE HARRIS

The New Shape of Young Adulthood

20 and Something

DAVID H. KIM

Christians in a Culture of Violence

Fighting for Peace

CAROL HOWARD MERRITT & TYLER WIGG-STEVENSON

Finding Work That Matters

Multi-Careering

BOB GOFF

Stewardship of Life in the Digital Age

Greater Expectations

CLAIRE DIAZ-ORTIZ

Adoption, Foster Care, and Mentoring

Becoming Home

JEDD MEDEFIND

Helping Children Thrive in Public Schools

Schools in Crisis

NICOLE BAKER FULGHAM

Why Church Still Matters

Sacred Roots

JON TYSON

10TH FRAME WINNER

The Rise of Narcissism

Lovers of Themselves
Chris Travis

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In times of uncertainty we look for guides. For thirty years Barna Group has built a reputation as a trusted analyst of religion and culture, guiding you through a complex world.

Now, we turn that experience into an annual series called FRAMES.

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Greater
Expectations

Claire Diaz-Ortiz

Remember when all you needed was a cool business card? Now social status is determined in a hundred ways that all come with their own pressures: How many Twitter followers do you have? How many Facebook page likes? How much traffic does your site get? Are you speaking? Traveling? How full is your inbox? While pressure has always been there, in many ways that pressure is more public than ever.

The world is both bigger and smaller today. With access to so much media—and at such a rapid pace—we know everything that's going on in the world. We are bombarded with possibilities and opportunities, and it seems like our choices are limitless. In this world, it's easy to feel like your life is small, that you aren't doing enough, that other lives, careers, and even cities are more exciting than yours. The challenge today is, with limitless public pressure on how your life measures up against everyone else's, how do you find contentment?

Join Claire Diaz-Ortiz, an author, speaker, and Twitter employee, in this Barna Frame as she explores the timely issue of Greater Expectations.

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Multi-
Careering

Bob Goff

Job moves. Restructures. A waning passion. Boredom. A need to create. Retirement. A new 'norm' for length at any job.

All of these, and more, lead us to wonder about the legacy we are leaving this world. Are we leaving it better than we found it? Do we feel stuck in a passionless career? At every stage of your journey, you can find work that matters. Whether you have a handful of careers in your lifetime or a handful of careers this month, this ‘new normal’ of multiple careers frees us to go where God calls us to go and to do what God calls us to do.

Join Bob Goff, founder of Restore International, in this Barna Frame as you explore a biblical perspective on the life you are currently living and the legacy you are leaving, as you explore the impact of this critical new trend: Multi-Careering.

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THE HYPERLINKED
LIFE

DAVID KINNAMAN & JUN YOUNG

We live in an age of accelerated information and information overload. The rate at which we receive information—and the way we receive it—have changed dramatically: from newspapers and radio and a few nightly news programs to constant news online. And when we try to stop consuming the vast amounts of info coming at us, we wrestle against a paranoia of missing important information or being out of the loop.

We are making our lives available to the world through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. But while we have more “friends” than ever, we feel that we’re lacking real connections. Our devices can either help relationships grow or get in the way of honest relationships.

We need to become better stewards of technology and information, regularly taking rests and a Sabbath from them. It’s time to become “factivists,” using data and knowledge with effectiveness and purpose.

Join Jun Young, an award-winning entrepreneur and communications strategist, and David Kinnaman, the president of Barna Group, as they wrestle through the issues of how we should read and share information responsibly today.

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THE HYPERLINKED
LIFE

DAVID KINNAMAN & JUN YOUNG

We live in an age of accelerated information and information overload. The rate at which we receive information—and the way we receive it—have changed dramatically: from newspapers and radio and a few nightly news programs to constant news online. And when we try to stop consuming the vast amounts of info coming at us, we wrestle against a paranoia of missing important information or being out of the loop.

We are making our lives available to the world through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. But while we have more “friends” than ever, we feel that we’re lacking real connections. Our devices can either help relationships grow or get in the way of honest relationships.

We need to become better stewards of technology and information, regularly taking rests and a Sabbath from them. It’s time to become “factivists,” using data and knowledge with effectiveness and purpose.

Join Jun Young, an award-winning entrepreneur and communications strategist, and David Kinnaman, the president of Barna Group, as they wrestle through the issues of how we should read and share information responsibly today.

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WONDER WOMEN

KATE HARRIS

There is a new reality for women in the 21st century—it's a different world with different goals than it was even a generation ago. As little girls, today's women didn't grow up with only dolls and toy kitchens and princesses and visions of idyllic domesticity and motherhood behind a white picket fence. They were given these, but also given a little plastic doctor's bag and a coloring book full of potential careers to choose from.

"You can be anything you want, child." It's a message of empowerment and it's beautiful. But, as many of those young girls grew up, a message that was once meant to convey opportunity has begun to feel like a pressure cooker. What once was "You can have it all" has now become "You need to have it all." You need to have the perfect job, the perfect husband, the perfect house, the perfect kids, the perfect play dates and craft nights and date nights and DIY Pinterest projects and #nofilter Instagrams.

What does it mean to be a woman in a world like that? Where does vocation fit into all this? What does a holistic idea of self mean? Many women struggle with the decision to work inside the home or outside the home. How can you maintain a sense of self and motherhood in both decisions? The reality is we can't really have it all—sometimes we have to make choices. This Barna Frame explores the value and beauty in those constraints.

Join Kate Harris, wife, mother, and the executive director of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture, as she unpacks the identity questions, the economic realities, and the role of the church in the lives of today's women.

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SACRED ROOTS

JON TYSON

"Why should I invest myself in something I'm not sure does any good?" Many people today are asking this question about the church. Maybe you’re asking it, too.

Of course, this isn’t where it all started. The early church was a powerhouse of communal love, self-giving, and service. So how do we rediscover these sacred roots? How do we recover the purpose of the church in all its beauty? And how do we understand that purpose for our time and place? Sacred Roots offers four personal and communal shifts critical to being the kind of church that transforms people—and renews the world.

Whether you come with an open-mind, skeptical, or already committed to your local church, join Jon Tyson, lead pastor of Trinity Grace Church in New York City, as he makes the case for why church matters.

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BECOMING HOME

JEDD MEDEFIND

Caring for orphans makes grace touchable. When Christians choose to adopt, foster, mentor, or support care for orphans around the globe, it reveals God's true character to the world like nothing else we can do. Becoming Home unpacks specific steps everyone can take to help.

Some of these steps are "big" choices like fostering or adopting; some are simpler choices like supporting work abroad or mentoring a foster youth. But all are ways we can practically show love to the orphan—not because of a sense of duty, guilt or even idealism, but because we’ve first been loved by God.

Join Jedd Medefind, president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO), as he reveals the profound difference caring for orphans can make in your life and the life of a child.

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TWENTY AND SOMETHING

DAVID H. KIM

Twentysomethings today are different than twentysomethings of any other generation. But you already know that—you’re redefining what it looks like to “grow up,” contribute to society, and live a meaningful life. You’ve kept optimistic even in this struggling economy, and the world can’t wait to see what you’ll do next—even if it doesn’t always understand you.

Even so, big questions lie ahead—questions about work, calling, marriage, family, faith and more. How you relate to these institutions will have huge ramifications—for your own life, of course, but also for the rest of society because institutions need new ways of relating to you as well.

20 and Something is your field guide for making this decade count—and for helping those in your life understand you and the road you’re navigating.

Join David H. Kim, the executive director of the Center for Faith and Work at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, as he looks at the uniqueness of this transformative decade.

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SCHOOLS IN CRISIS

NICOLE BAKER FULGHAM

In many ways, America’s children are at the mercy of their zip code. They are either born and raised in a zip code zoned for a public school with quality education or a public school with poor education. This education will set the trajectory for their future—for better or for worse.

Educational inequity is one of the biggest social problems of our time. But here’s the good news: it can be fixed within our lifetime. And each of us, whether we have school-aged children or not, have a role to play.

Join Nicole Baker Fulgham, formerly on the national staff of Teach for America and the founder of The Expectations Project, as she explores how we can solve the public education crisis.

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FIGHTING FOR PEACE

CAROL HOWARD MERRITT AND TYLER WIGG-STEVENSON

"Blessed are the peacemakers," Jesus said. But in the face of the horrific realities of school shootings, war, bullying and domestic abuse we feel helpless to address such overwhelming violence. Then we turn on a movie, play a video game and we’re faced with decisions about the violence we (and our children) are consuming.

Certainly, we can pray for peace. But maybe it’s time to start fighting for it, too. Fighting for Peace is a thought-provoking and practical guide for answering God’s call to become peacemakers and championing the kind of peace that can reshape our hearts, our homes, our communities and our broken world.

Join Carol Howard Merritt and Tyler Wigg-Stevenson in this Barna Frame as they consider how we, the Church, have the chance to transform a culture of violence.

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