Category Archives: Jonathan’s Rant

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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From SnapChat to Tappy

It’s called Tappy. It’s the newest app acquired by Tinder, and the buzz is that it’s Instagram meets Snapchat. The conversation begins with a photo, and then becomes chat. All messages disappear after 24 hours. It’s everything young people want: … Continue reading

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Death of the Dining Room

As families and friends gather together for the holidays, the big question I have is… where will they gather? Their dining room? The kitchen? It’s funny how much you can tell about a society’s social norms solely from the changes … Continue reading

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My TV Interview about Sex

Today I’m being filmed for a Canadian TV show- a Christian talk show. We’re filming several segments about my upcoming book to parents, More Than Just the Talk (coming this February/March), and then some bit on how to open the … Continue reading

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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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