Monthly Archives: April 2012

Top 10 Places to Eat in the U.S.

I’m a simple man, with simple tastes. You won’t find me eating Sushi, and I’m not really even big on steak. When I’m traveling the country, foods like pizza, wings, and BBQ are what my pallet craves (although I also … Continue Reading

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Three Kids in a Van

It’s always interesting to see what youth workers do with “travel time” on trips. I’ve seen ministries be very proactive about using a bus ride to build relationships with kids, one kid at a time. I’ve seen other ministries that … Continue Reading

Posted in Bullying/Cyberbullying, Evangelism, Faith | 1 Comment

It’s Here!

As a Zondervan author, I usually get a shipment of my books/DVDs a few weeks before they hit the shelves. This Monday my brand new REAL CONVERSATIONS arrived! So right now. I’m offering the DVD and combo Participant’s Guide/Leader’s Guide … Continue Reading

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When Youth Ministries Involve Parents

I’m a big advocate of youth ministries trying to provide venues where parents and teenagers interact, bond and even laugh together. Youth workers can be proactive about creating these kinds of venues—like PARENT NIGHT, FAMILY NIGHT or even MOTHER/DAUGHTER events. … Continue Reading

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Coming to Your City

Here’s a quick post to let you know my travel schedule so far for 2012 (because my fall calendar is already filling up). NOTE: For those of you on the west coast, I’ll be in Cali this coming weekend in … Continue Reading

Posted in Parenting, Travel | 2 Comments

Mean Christians

I guess a lot of Christians think that the “ends” justify the “being mean.” This past week myself and a few friends in the youth ministry world have had several spears thrown at us. I’m not surprised at all when … Continue Reading

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Vote for Your Favorite Video

It’s time for you to vote on the best “bad evangelism” video. This fun little contest launched with the approach of my brand new evangelism curriculum, REAL CONVERSATIONS, which will be on the shelves in less than a month now … Continue Reading

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Born in 1969

My wife and I are now both 42 years old. She was born in 69, me in 70. But every time I look at her I can’t help but think, “She’s even prettier than when I met her at 20-years-old.” … Continue Reading

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Don’t Believe the Hype

Last week I read an article link that claimed, “Facebook is Responsible for 1/3 of All Divorces.” Really? Would you actually repeat that statistic? Are you willing to bet your reputation that it’s true? Should we believe the headlines when … Continue Reading

Posted in Entertainment Media, Internet, Jonathan's Rant, Marriage, News, Youth Culture | 1 Comment

Something Unique from Doug and Jim

I got a little something for everyone today: free books, free admissions to a brand new conference you’re gonna love, 50% discounts, and… a new workshop I’m launching. UPDATE: We’ve posted winners of this contest near the bottom of this … Continue Reading

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