Author Archives: Jonathan McKee

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over a dozen books including the new Get Your Teenager Talking, The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket, The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenager, and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the 10-Minute Talks series. Jonathan speaks and trains at conferences, churches and events across North America, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan and his wife Lori, and their three teenagers Alec, Alyssa and Ashley live in California.

MTV Helps Kids Make Sense of the World?

“No art form in the world captures moments like this more powerfully than music. Music helps us make sense of the world. A song can elevate a movement.” -Jussie Smollett of Fox’s Empire, in his speech at the MTV VMA’s, … Continue reading

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Miley’s VMA Reprise

This coming Sunday night MTV will be exhausting all means necessary to garner one thing: ratings. MTV has a history of stooping to new lows for ratings for their Video Music Awards show. This year’s new low will be Miley … Continue reading

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Our Empty Nest

This Thursday Lori, Alyssa and I drive 500 miles and drop off Ashley, my youngest, at Vanguard University in SoCal (Alyssa and Ashley in the pic to the right). We’re so excited for her… but it’s weird to think about … Continue reading

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What You Don’t Know about Teens

I always find it interesting to compare articles and studies about today’s youth culture and look for common denominators. Last week, Ypulse posted a noteworthy article about young people titled 5 Things You Don’t Know about Millennials and Teens. That … Continue reading

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PG Porn

Last week as I prepped to talk with parents about their kids’ phones, I browsed through the music video charts and noticed some interesting trends, especially from some of the “child actresses” our daughters grew up recently watching on TV—Demi … Continue reading

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TV Interview

Canadian TV show 100 Huntley Street interviewed me a couple times for their TV show… they posted the first interview earlier this year… and they just released the second interview. Host Maggie John asks me about becoming your kids “Go-to” … Continue reading

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Who’s Your Timothy?

About 25 years ago I volunteered as a small group leader in the high school ministry of my church. It was there I met my friend Lorin, a man in his twenties who was discipling three teenage boys. We love … Continue reading

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Filtering Rihanna’s BBHMM

Rihanna released a brand new music video this month that is already causing a stir. The world would describe this scandalous video as shrewd marketing. Others, “art”… Me? I call it “selling out.” Regardless, Rihanna knew that the over-the-top violence, … Continue reading

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How Christians React to the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage

The dust (and pink confetti) is slowly settling since the June 26th Supreme Court decision to legalize same sex marriage in all 50 states. The question is, how are Christians responding? Barna released a fascinating glimpse last week revealing that … Continue reading

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Andy Stanley on Parenting Middle Schoolers

I love Andy Stanley, and since my passion is to provide parents with good parenting tools… this video is a gold mine! The video is an interview with Andy Stanley about parenting middle schoolers– a great free piece to show … Continue reading

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