Author Archives: Jonathan McKee

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, 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, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

The Top 10 Apps of 2017

No, Snapchat wasn’t actually No. 1 like last year, but Bitmoji was, which is owned by Snap (nice purchase!), slipping Snapchat into No. 2 (I guess consumer missed the memo that Snapchat was having a rough year). And no… Pokemon Go didn’t make the list this year. (Pokemon who?) Continue Reading

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Fires a little too close to home

The fires are bringing about many opportunities for ministry. My daughters’ church is a little outside the fire zone and is currently providing housing for evacuees. Continue Reading

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Imposing our ideas of Jesus

Interesting enough, this tragic attempt at restoration is emblematic of what our world has been doing to Jesus for years—imposing our own convenient ideas and altered perception of Jesus, only to fall exceedingly short of his true identity. Continue Reading

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Do you have mean girls or mean boys?

When you watch a teen movie with jocks, nerds, bullies, outcasts… who do you tend to identify with the most?
Where is a safe place for you?
Do your parents understand what life is like for you at school? Continue Reading

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10 Flight Tips If You Actually Want to Get There

If you take the 2PM flight instead of the 6AM flight, 12 flights had to go perfectly for the 2PM flight to actually make it. You logarithmicly lessen your chance of arrival the later in the day you travel. Suck it up. Set your alarm… Continue Reading

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Answering top questions from today’s parents PART III

How do you engage with your child when their favorite apps or games bore you? (example: Minecraft) Suck it up. When you’re kids are gone out of the house you’ll wish you would have played some of those boring games with them. Love is full of sacrifices… Continue Reading

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Answering top questions from today’s parents PART II

Is there a way to receive your child’s text directly to your phone or laptop? Can kid’s screens/apps activity be displayed on a parent’s screen? There are apps that can do this, but personally I don’t recommend them. I recommend just… Continue Reading

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Answering top questions from today’s parents PART I

What age do you recommend allowing children on social media? You’d think this answer would be easy, because even the Federal Trade Commission has declared that kids have to be 13-years-old to be on SnapChat, Instagram and Facebook… Continue Reading

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Guns, Drama, and Poor Conflict Resolution Skills

Simply ask ourselves, where are our kids learning how to respond when someone disagrees with them or makes them angry? Is there anyone teaching them patience, gentleness, or considering others greater than themselves? Continue Reading

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Mean girls, mean boys, mean words…

These words are often posted everywhere, for everyone to see… and they have devastating effects. Continue Reading

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