Helping Teens Become Wise with Their Screens

Posted on: 05/15/19 3:22 AM | by Jonathan McKee

How should parents, mentors, teachers and youth workers respond to a generation that can’t seem to pry their eyes from their screens? The answer is conversations… and here is a YouTube video where I present four necessary conversations we need to have with today’s young people!

This is a talk I gave at Summit Ministries’ Basecamp event in Colorado Springs last week… and they just posted my talk to YouTube! The topic was helping teens become wise with their screens… only 30 minutes and change. Enjoy! (He introduces me at 4 minutes and 30 seconds into the video.)


Books linked in the video:

The Guy’s Guide to Four Battles Every Young Man Must Face

The Teen’s Guide to Social Media and Mobile Devices


A fun conversation on Moody Radio

Posted on: 05/6/19 3:00 AM | by Jonathan McKee

Today (Monday, May 6th) I am really looking forward to the conversation with my friend Chris Brooks live on Moody radio. We’re talking about how we can actually help “distracted” young guys today.

Over the last several years I’ve had the opportunity to be the guest on Chris’ show, “Equipped with Chris Brooks” and it’s always one of my favorite interactions (shhhhhh…. don’t tell anyone!)

Chris brings wisdom, authenticity and relevance to conversations about parenting and apologetics… in other words, people walk away blessed after hearing him. So I thoroughly enjoy my conversations with him because it’s not so much just him “asking me” …but a dialogue about important subjects like the one we’re tackling today, “How can we actually provide young guys with a helpful strategy to face life’s distractions?”

He’s also giving away a handful of copies of my new book on the subject, the book that just released this last week, The Guy’s Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face.

Tune in to our conversation… more about where to listen (or listen online) HERE.

Fortnite, Weed, Porn and Struggles with Self

Posted on: 05/1/19 3:30 AM | by Jonathan McKee

It’s never been more difficult to be a young guy.

Today my brand new book hits the shelves, including Amazon’s shelves… a book to teen guys about the four biggest distractions today’s guys face:





Like my previous Guy’s Guide book, this new book is brutally honest to today’s guys about what it means to be a man of God today, especially when the little device in our pocket is telling us plenty of lies about who we are and what’s good for us. It’s a perfect gift for a guy… better yet… a perfect discussion opener for a dad to go through with his son at breakfast each week.

Here’s a peek at the four battles I address:

Grab the book today… Amazon has it for less than $10 bucks! I pray it helps you open the doors of dialogue with young guys about stuff that matters!

Avengers: Endgame on Opening Night

Posted on: 04/26/19 2:01 PM | by Jonathan McKee

Last night Lori and I went to see the new Avengers film on opening night (It’s weird how now we can see these “openings” on Thursday as early as 6PM in California… because I guess it’s Friday somewhere).

Loved it! In fact, it’s by far my favorite Avengers film yet.

Let me start by saying I wasn’t a big fan of the previous film, Avengers: Infinity War for the same reason everyone else didn’t like it… really depressing! But Lori hadn’t see it yet, so Wednesday night we sat down to watch it together to prepare for Avengers: Endgame Thursday (yeah, we’re kind of nerds).

Surprise, I liked Avengers: Infinity War even better the second time, and Lori, who had heard how depressing it was, and bracing herself for the depressing moment, was pleasantly surprised how good it was.

That being said, we entered Avengers: Endgame eager to find out how the series would continue (avoiding spoilers here)… and the film exceeded both our expectations!

First, the film has much of the same humor as the previous films. Really funny stuff. Especially Thor (again, avoiding spoilers). Let’s just say I’ve always wanted to look like Thor… and I guess I kind of got my wish!

But the film was also full of “heart”… nobility, likable characters… too many to name actually! When’s the last time you saw a cast with this many stars? And the film had so many fun moments with each of the characters looking into the past—Avengers fans will geek out with all the fun references and “bonus scenes,” in essense, from past movies.

And as a geeky side-note, the cinematography and special effects were amazing. You’ll see Michael Douglas convincingly as a 20-year-old, Josh Brolin and Mark Ruffalo all buffed out… and they don’t even look CG. Really well done. And plenty of movie geek humor as well, naming about every film in existence that has time travel. Movie fans will love it.

But most of all the film was just well written. Anyone who has seen the previous film knows that Avengers: Endgame begins with hurting people dealing with a huge loss. So in a world where anxiety and depression are at an all time high among young people, the timing is good.

In one scene Black Widow is trying to comfort Hawkeye and he literally cuts her off saying, “Don’t! Don’t give me hope.”

The film is definitely worth seeing. In fact, my good friend Todd Pearage (who many of you might remember from back in the day when we did movie reviews together) and I were texting back and forth across the country… both of us at the premiers. I asked him to quickly share his two cents about the film and he had the following to say:

Well it’s been a while since we have reviewed a film together… it was fun texting our thoughts back and forth last night. This was truly one of the most entertaining films I’ve seen in a long time.

I definitely classify myself as a pseudo-comic book nerd. I can’t tell you who drew issue number 57 of the Amazing Spiderman, but I do occasionally read a comic and I have thoroughly enjoyed the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I know most of the characters and read about their backstories and…yeah pseudo-comic book nerd.

I can literally remember walking out of the theater after seeing Iron Man and knew Marvel was on to something special. And now 21 films later, it truly has been an amazing adventure.

So let’s talk a little bit about  Endgame… Without any spoilers!

The story was smart, well written, very entertaining, and packed with humor. I can’t even tell you how many times I laughed out loud. Yes… the Thor scenes were side-splitting.

But there’s more than just humor, there is an emotional element to the film that surprised me. It didn’t surprise me that it was in there, it surprised me on how much it affected me. But that is the mark of a great story right?

The characters grab a hold of our hearts and we find ourselves caring about them in an almost irrational way.

If you’re a fan of the marvel films I’m willing to guarantee you’ll love Endgame.  Like I said in the beginning, it was the most entertaining film I’ve seen in a long time!

I agree with Todd.

So should kids watch it? The only hesitation would be language. They truly worked the PG-13 language, which honestly is pretty mild by today’s standards. Some of the characters aren’t exactly role models… but most of the characters show integrity and honor throughout. I’d bring my kids if they were young.


Look what I just got

Posted on: 04/24/19 10:17 AM | by Jonathan McKee

It’s always fun when my publisher sends me a stack of my newest book fresh from the press!

It’s finally here! So excited about this book… a book TO YOUNG GUYS with a helpful strategy to face the distractions in their life: screens, sexual temptation, substances, and struggles with self esteem (who am I?) Each chapter has discussion questions making it the perfect book to go through with that young man you care about so much!

Amazon has already released the Kindle version and the paperback releases on Amazon next week on May 1 (Amazon pre-orders actually should arrive at your house on May 1).

I designed the book to be a great discipleship tool for a dad to go through with his son or a youth pastor to go through with a young guy… perfect for that small group of guys! (Contact me if you’d like to order bulk copies).

I hope this book helps you open up the doors of dialogue about truth with guys!


No. 1 New Release

Posted on: 04/15/19 3:51 PM | by Jonathan McKee

Today Amazon released the Kindle version of my brand new book, The Guy’s Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face!… the book Sean McDowell is calling “a gamechanger” he wishes every Christian young man would read!

So far… it’s the No. 1 new release in its category and getting great reviews!

Grab a Kindle copy now… or pre-order the paperback which releases in just two weeks!

Check out what people are already saying about this new book for young guys!

Kids spending real money on virtual goods

Posted on: 04/8/19 4:11 PM | by Jonathan McKee

“Mom, can I have $20?”

“Why? Do you want to go hang out with your friends?”

“Actually, I want to buy the ‘Cuddle Team Leader’ outfit for my character in Fortnite!”

Sound bizarre? Welcome to the monetary world of digital natives. And our game reviewer Naomi Norbez gives us a nice peek into the world of game-purchases in this special guest post (note: Noami has another helpful article on our parents’ page right now as well).

Budgeting for In-Game Purchases
By Naomi Norbez

Yes, kids still want to spend money on clothes and toys, but today these coveted purchases might just be virtual clothes and toys Continue reading “Kids spending real money on virtual goods” »

Headed your way

Posted on: 04/2/19 6:43 PM | by Jonathan McKee

It’s been a pretty busy travel schedule so far in 2018… am I headed your way?

This weekend I head to SC, then a nice little rest for the weeks surrounding Easter… then back to it in May. Take a peek at my speaking calendar HERE and if I’m in your area come hear me speak at a church near you or teaching one of my FREE parent workshops?

Here’s a glimpse of the next few months… still a few openings Continue reading “Headed your way” »

Top posts so far…

Posted on: 03/18/19 3:30 AM | by Jonathan McKee

If your year has been as busy as mine… and your inbox as full as mine… then you might have missed a few things. So let me highlight a few posts you DON’T want to miss.

This year we’ve already released some really helpful articles for parents and youth workers… here’s a few really good resources already posted this year on either or :

Helping kids hear truth in a world blaring lies: 3 proactive practices parents can pursue

Oh, and I’m bisexual: and how to respond to that

Continue reading “Top posts so far…” »

7 Things This Camp Does Right

Posted on: 03/2/19 10:00 AM | by Jonathan McKee

That all camps should emulate

I’ve been speaking at Camp Timber-lee in Wisconsin for over a decade now, and this past weekend I was thinking, This camp does soooooooooo many things right… I wish every camp could visit and glean from the experience.

So here’s the next best thing. Here are 7 things I see them doing right again and again and again for their winter camp weekend retreats…

1. Kids start having fun the second they arrive.I’ve been to countless camps where kids don’t get to do their favorite thing—hang out—until literally the second day after lunch. Really. A lot of camps immediately file kids into a long program, then small groups, then bed, then breakfast, then another program, some forced rec time, then lunch… THEN finally free time! Camp Timber-lee has free time programmed for the Continue reading “7 Things This Camp Does Right” »