Monthly Archives: March 2014

5 Days of Get Your Teenager Talking- DAY 1

Each day in my blog this week I’m going to give you a little somethin’ you can use to provoke meaningful conversations with young people. My brand new book, Get Your Teenager Talking has 180 conversation springboards that “get teenagers talking”… … Continue Reading

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Shame on us

THE WORLD VISION SAME SEX DECISIONS AND THE REPERCUSSIONS Interesting… I was halfway through writing this blog Wednesday and everything flipped on its head. If you missed the scoop, here’s the skinny: –       A few days ago international world relief … Continue Reading

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Keeping Social Media Safe

“Should I allow my 13-year-old to use Twitter?” It happens after every parent workshop I teach. Parents line up with specific questions. “Is Instagram bad? Should I let my teenager have her phone in her room at night? “Should I … Continue Reading

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Grandma’s Read Beyonce Lyrics

This is just too good for me to mess up with words. My friends over at Youth Culture Report tweeted me this. It’s three grandmas reading and commenting on the lyrics of Beyonce’s current hit song, Drunk In Love. Classic! … Continue Reading

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Want to review either of Jonathan’s two brand new books?

In just a few weeks  you’ll see two brand new books from me on the shelves: Get Your Teenagers Talking, and The Guys Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. (THE GUY’S GUIDE is now available on … Continue Reading

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Young People and Selfies

Smile! “Aren’t we cute?” Within seconds the selfie pic is posted to Instagram, and Tweeted to her 326 followers. Just another emblematic snapshot from the life of today’s teen. Five years ago we didn’t even know the word “selfie.” Fast … Continue Reading

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The Bro App

Okay, this is either really hilarious… or really sad. It’s called the BroApp. A couple of Australian tech guys noticed a market for a product that would help irresponsible “bros” text their girlfriends regularly to tell them they care. Hmmmmm… … Continue Reading

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Kids React to Rotary Phones

It’s always funny to see how kids react to pieces of our past… and that’s what the YouTube channel “Kids React to…” loves to show us. A while back I showed you a video of theirs, Kids React to Lady … Continue Reading

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Do You Really Want to Know?

A teenager asked me about illegal downloading of music the other day, wondering if it was legal to turn YouTube videos into music. “A friend of mine said he researched it and it was okay.” The timing of her question … Continue Reading

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These guys stuck out

I speak at about 25 events a year. And in a world where most Christian events contain two elements—a band, and a speaker—I hear A LOT of worship bands. Last weekend I heard a band that really stuck out. Let … Continue Reading

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