Fixed on the Right Goal

Kenny was focused on a unique goal, which required a long flight from Colorado Springs to Gloucestershire, England.  He was joining a crowd of enthusiasts who were meeting at the insanely steep “Cooper’s Hill” which is an unusual two-hundred meter course for a...

The Power in Unplugging

It was a big adjustment when I moved to Chicago right out of high school.  Among the many changes was a disappointing discovery that it was nearly impossible to see any stars at night.  I had grown up in the country and spent many nights staring at the sky. I would...

Replace Vs. Take Away

The late preacher A.W. Tozer once wrote about the media distractions of his time, circa 1950’s,  “‘Commune with your own heart upon your bed and be still’ is a wise and healing counsel, but how can it be followed in this day of the newspaper, the telephone, the radio...

Convictions or Compromise?

A man walked into a Christian bookstore and saw a display of hats with the letters WWJD on them. He was unaware of what the letters stood for so he asked the lady at the counter to enlighten him.   She explained that the letters stood for "What Would Jesus Do?" and...

Entertainment: Handle With Care

My family and I used to live on a small farm. During this time I learned the importance of keeping a container of fuel on hand to run outdoor equipment and I also learned to have a better appreciation for its volatility and the wisdom of handling with care.    One day...

Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture

One of the most notable escape stories during World War II took place at the German POW camp, Stalag Luft III and was memorialized in the 1963 film “The Great Escape”.  Of the 76 who escaped through the elaborate tunnel, 73 were recaptured and 50 of them were executed...

Media Saturation Threshold

Is there a media saturation threshold? The animated film “WALL-E” anticipates a future where people are continuously fixed on a screen and some are gradually awakening to the need for real relational contact. Prophetic? Maybe not. Insightful? Definitely.  One of the...

A Titanic Lesson

On the Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912 she had some of the latest and most powerful communication technology, the wireless telegraph.  This new technology not only provided critical communication between the ships, it also offered the passengers a new amenity. Imagine...

Becoming Desensitized

Imagine for a moment that you woke up one morning and you noticed that your fingers felt numb.  At first you don't think much about it, "maybe I just slept funny." By lunchtime you are starting to get concerned because now the numbness has crept up your forearm so you...

Media Talk 101 Turns 10!

Ten years ago this month the ministry of Media Talk 101 became an official nonprofit organization. I was also writing a book at the time and preparing a seminar, which both got a humble launch at a small church in downtown Chicago. I was glad to be assisted by Rhett...

Web 2.0 Woes

Do you ever get frustrated or find yourself disturbed by the personal comments seen frequently at the end of news articles on the web today? I’m talking about those coarse, rude, and often sophomoric posts from self-proclaimed authorities who are so determined to spew...

Why Does Media Talk 101 Use Facebook?

Here are some common questions that are raised about Media Talk 101's use of media... I thought you were against media and technology? This ministry is not anti-media, or anti-technology. We are pro-discernment and pro-wisdom. Today's media have a powerful influence...

Media Discernment Challenge

Here's some challenges to help you develop better media discernment  What are some things you have been neglecting in your life that are spiritually, physically, or mentally beneficial? It is likely that these are going to be hard things to make good habits of. Why?...

Violence in Media: How Much is Too Much?

I recently witnessed the horrific scene of a head-on collision with fatalities, caused by someone texting while driving. The sound of screeching tires, grinding metal, shattering glass, terrifying screams mixed with the horrible sight of bruised and bloodied...

Understanding Media’s Light Pollution

It was a big adjustment when I moved to Chicago right out of high school. Among the many changes was a disappointing discovery that it was nearly impossible to see any stars at night. I had grown up in the country and spent many nights staring at the Milky Way,...

Is R for Relevant?

Do Christians need a review of the movie "Sex and the City" from a Christian ministry? Obviously there are some who think so, including Christianity Today and many other Christian movie review websites.    This is only one rated R film out of many that ministries have...

Is R for Relevant? Part 2

In Ephesians 5:11 the apostle Paul tells the church, "…have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them." Does this justify Christian ministries who watch R-Rated movies in order to write reviews and help Christians make informed media...

Hermeneutics and Exegesis

Though I personally don't share an interest in reviewing films I do have a keen interest in the Bible, especially inductive Bible study methods and Biblical Hermeneutics.  Hermene... what? You might ask.  Hermeneutics can be defined as "The branch of theology that...

Phillip Telfer

Phillip Telfer

President

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 Media Talk 101 which is a non-profit ministry dedicated to teaching media discernment in the light of following Christ. Phillip authored the book Media Choices: Convictions or Compromise? He also 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 is passionate about family-integrated church and ministry and serves as the teaching pastor at Living Water Fellowship in Bulverde, TX. He and his wife Mary have been happily married for 26 years and have been blessed with four wonderful children, one fantastic son-in-law, and one precious grandchild.