Category Archives: Jonathan’s Rant

I’ll go as a slut

Remember when Halloween costumes were as simple as a cowboy hat and boots, or a sheet with holes poked in it? Today it’s not that simple. And if you’re a female the pressure is on… the burden to be sexy. … Continue reading

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The Power of Coming Together

Last weekend I was in a small town outside of Minneapolis where I witnessed something I rarely see in the world of youth ministry. I saw a network of 8 youth workers from different ministries come together to share ideas … Continue reading

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Talking with Teens about Their Smartphones

Teens typically think their smartphone use is reasonable. Parents and teachers, however, think teen smartphone use is out of control! Who’s right? That’s the question I just proposed in the brand new blog I’m writing to teenagers every week (the … Continue reading

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Sexual Consent… App?

NOTE: As of Oct 7th, this app has been pulled by iTunes. See comments below. We’ve seen apps helping people hook up, apps for people who just want to “cuddle”… I guess it’s no surprise that now some college students … Continue reading

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Should I Watch Game of Thrones, PART II

In my previous post I discussed the growing popularity and availability of sexually-charged entertainment, shows like Game of Thrones or the upcoming movie, 50 Shades of Grey. Popularity, availability… how about the morality of these shows? In a world where … Continue reading

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Should I Watch Game of Thrones?

Game of Thrones anyone? How about the new Fifty Shades of Grey? In a world where this kind of sexually charged entertainment is rapidly becoming the choice diet of mainstream audiences… what are Christians to watch? I mean seriously. How … Continue reading

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The Social Media Irony

(and 5 Ideas to “Socialize” the Socially Isolated) In a world where 4 out of 5 teenagers are social media users, you’d think young people would be growing more… social? Sadly, no. In fact, most research is revealing quite the … 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 be worried if I found my teenager using Omegle?” “All my daughter’s friends … 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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