Category Archives: Jonathan’s Rant

I want the truth… kind of

In 1992 Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson gave incredible performances in the riveting movie, A Few Good Men. In their memorable exchange, Nicholson’s character Col. Nathan Jessup barked out a line so profound that it made it into the AFI’s … Continue reading

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Do Carl’s Jr.’s Sexy Ads Sell?

Does sex sell? Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s is known for their over-the-top sexy ads. From Paris Hilton sensually washing a Bentley while eating a burger, to two girls getting in a scuffle at the BBQ grill and seductively intertwining to eat the … Continue reading

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Poor Leadership 101

The youth ministry was fizzling out and no one knew why. It was as simple as this: kids weren’t meeting Jesus, and the ones that already knew Jesus weren’t growing. As a result the group had sputtered and was on … Continue reading

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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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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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Was the Pei Wei Hostess Right?

Last night when I finished teaching my More Than Just the Talk parenting workshop in Albuquerque, NM, a bunch of us went out to catch a late night dinner together. About 15 of us walked into Pei Wei (the poor … Continue reading

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The Intertwining Power of Music and Television

In my previous post I highlighted some eye-catching elements that many parents overlooked during last Sunday’s Super Bowl broadcast (and no, it had nothing to do with the Illuminati). In this post, I want to turn my attention strictly to … Continue reading

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The Need for Super Bowl Conversations

After spending an entire weekend with a couple thousand teenagers in South Carolina, my attention was immediately turned to the most watched television broadcast of the year in the United States: the Super Bowl. It was an intriguing transition. The … Continue reading

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Content with My Sin

I Just finished watching a movie on my flight, This is Where I Leave You. The film was extremely well written, with powerful performances and real-to-life characters. There was just one problem… I walked away content with my own sin. Life … Continue reading

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