The Perfect Man

Posted on: 05/30/13 3:01 AM | by Jonathan McKee

“I want a man who…”

That’s how her paper started.

My daughter just graduated from High School last week and will be heading to California Baptist University in a few months. In the shuffle of paperwork flowing through her room, I noticed this paper she wrote about what she wants in a man, a list of characteristics. I loved the list!

I asked her if I could post it. Here’s Alyssa’s list:

I want a man who… (in no particular order)

  1. Doesn’t have a bad temper
  2. Respects my schedule
  3. Buys me See’s chocolates
  4. Will wait five months to Continue reading “The Perfect Man” »

FCC Considers More Sex and Nudity

Posted on: 05/28/13 3:01 AM | by Jonathan McKee

The rumor is true, the FCC is considering allowing more sex and nudity on televisions. Their website posted a public notice last month proposing an end to “the prohibition of expletives and certain images of nudity on television.” Then clean shows like CBS’s Two and a Half Men could finally let loose and tell racy jokes… uh… oh wait…

Sure, network TV is already pretty racy, and blurred/pixilated nudity is increasing logarithmically, but if you want to know where this FCC consideration is heading, just watch a single episode of HBO’s Girls or Game of Thrones (Actually… don’t. But read how some parents are responding when they are exposed to the “soft core porn” of these popular new shows).

People are reacting to this FCC news in two ways Continue reading “FCC Considers More Sex and Nudity” »

shortest post ever

Posted on: 05/22/13 3:01 AM | by Jonathan McKee

On layover flight in LA… tired. Jet lagged.

Looking at my speaking schedule… really excited about teaching at all three STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES with Doug Fields this Summer (Dallas, SoCal, and Philly)… check it out: http://slc2013.com/

Also excited about our new book for parents that just released: SHOULD I JUST SMASH MY KID’S PHONE?

Starting to book a ton of workshops already for this fall. See here: http://www.thesource4ym.com/speakers/default.aspx  (still updating a few dates)

Must sleep… ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz

Seminary Trained Plumbers

Posted on: 05/20/13 3:01 AM | by Jonathan McKee

Do you have to be a minister… to do ministry?

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

“A fireman.”

“A doctor.”

“A pastor.”

Is one of these more noble than the next? Is only one of these jobs “ministry?”

The Washington Post just posted an article about seminary grads who Continue reading “Seminary Trained Plumbers” »

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Win a Free Crowder CD

Posted on: 05/15/13 3:01 AM | by Jonathan McKee

WINNERS POSTED BELOW!

I don’t know about you… but I love me some David Crowder. If I’m having a conversation about Christian worship, then you are going to hear me say the words “David Crowder.”

That’s why I was so truly psyched to hear that the David Crowder Band will be releasing their final Greatest Hits record, ‘The Essential Collection’ next week (May 21). It will include 10 of the bands biggest hits, 3 all-new remixes, and a brand new song by just Crowder himself. Check out the iTunes preview HERE.

Celebrating this release, I’m going to give away 5 CDs… Continue reading “Win a Free Crowder CD” »

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Should I Just Smash My Kid’s Phone?

Posted on: 05/13/13 3:01 AM | by Jonathan McKee

This week I’m teaching a brand new parenting workshop in an exciting new venue… we’re inviting parents and teenagers under one roof and opening up the doorways of dialogue.

The workshop is titled, “Should I Just SMASH my Kids Phone?” and it’s based off of the new workbook Doug Fields and I just wrote by the same title. The seminar equips parents to build lasting values and set boundaries that really work, teaching discernment along the way Continue reading “Should I Just Smash My Kid’s Phone?” »

Top 10 Air Travel Tips

Posted on: 05/10/13 3:01 AM | by Jonathan McKee

Yesterday I covered the Top 10 Tips to Hoteling, so today I’ll tackle air travel.

I’m on a plane quite a bit. I seem to average 6 to 8 legs a month. I’ve learned a few tricks, quirks and tips over the years that make travel easier… or at least more bearable. I’ll try not to repeat the obvious ones I covered yesterday in my hotel post like, “stick with one airline.” But definitely do that to earn free flights and other perks. So here they are…

The Frequent Travelers Top 10 Air Travel Tips:

  1. Live in a hub city: My friends Mark, Doug, Greg… almost all my friends who travel like I do… live in hub cities. Their airline can get to most cities in one leg. I however, do not live in a hub city. That means it takes me two flight to get to most places. If you plan on flying for a living… live in a hub city!
  2. Take the first flight of the day: It’s this simple: the earlier your flight, the greater the chance of you getting to your destination. Later flights depend on earlier flights, earlier crews, earlier maintenance and weather conditions. If just one of those Continue reading “Top 10 Air Travel Tips” »

10 Tips to Hoteling

Posted on: 05/9/13 3:01 AM | by Jonathan McKee

I’m in a hotel 6 to 10 nights a month (like next week I’ll be in a hotel for three nights while I teach at Azusa Pacific’s FAM Conference). Over the years I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade that have helped me get the most of the experience, taking advantage of the perks… and getting a better night’s sleep!

Frequent Traveler Tips to “Hoteling”

  1. Stick with one hotel chain: I used to jump around finding the best deal. But, in the long run, I lost out. Pick one chain, sign up for their frequent traveler’s program, and you’ll get all the perks (if you travel enough, you’ll often get free upgrades, free nights, free breakfasts…). This still works even if you don’t travel a lot. It will take more time, but you’ll earn rewards.
  2. Set air conditioner colder that you would at home: Don’t pay attention to Continue reading “10 Tips to Hoteling” »

SmartPhone Safety Nets

Posted on: 05/7/13 3:01 AM | by Jonathan McKee

If your child accesses iTunes today and simply clicks on the music video charts, one of the top 10 videos features topless girls dancing… something anyone can see in the free preview of the video.

Sad, but true. Literally today.

(I know, I know. I can foresee it now. Someone is going to email me and tell me, “Jonathan, why are you telling us this! This will tempt us to click on it!” And to that I say, “In a world where anyone can jump on Google at anytime and type ‘naked girls’ and see just that in a matter of seconds… I’m not telling you anything new.”)

The question I want to raise is, “Have you set some guardrails to help your kids steer away from these kinds of temptations?”

Let me ask Continue reading “SmartPhone Safety Nets” »

Real Beauty Sketches

Posted on: 05/2/13 3:01 AM | by Jonathan McKee

This brand new video from Dove was posted on April 14, 2013, and within two weeks it already had over 30 million views. The message of the video is simple: You are more beautiful than you think.

This video documents a little experiment. A forensic artist was asked to draw sketches of women based on their own descriptions. The artist can’t see the women making the descriptions… he just draws what they describe. Then he sketches another drawing based on how others describe these same women. Then we see the images side by side.

Wow!!! Take a peek at this amazing video.

My son Alec was the one who made me aware of this video. One of his ministry classes at Azusa Pacific University discussed it when it was first released and Alec posted it on his Facebook page. This discussion provoker was too good to pass up, so I wrote something you can use Continue reading “Real Beauty Sketches” »