Monthly Archives: March 2013


You haven’t heard from me for awhile because I’m taking some time off to hang with family and visit our son Alec where he attends college at Azusa Pacific University in Southern CA. Lori, myself and my parents (our girls … Continue Reading

Posted in Parenting, Travel | 2 Comments


My pastor asked me if I’d go to Uganda with him again. I keep telling him, “If God tells me he wants me to go to Uganda… I’ll go.” I’m not trying to be a pain in the butt, but … Continue Reading

Posted in Faith, Personal, Travel | 5 Comments

Mobile Internet Users

Pew Research just released a brand new report last week, Teens and Technology 2013. The study found a growing number of teenagers to be smartphone owners, and a rise in the percentage of “cell mostly” internet users. I like the … Continue Reading

Posted in Entertainment Media, Smartphones/Cell Phones, Social Media, Youth Culture | 1 Comment

My Birthday

Today’s my birthday. In years past I’ve written creative articles and posts about turning 30, or Top Ten Signs you’re Turning 40… but not today. I’m just taking the day off and hanging with my family! I hope it involves … Continue Reading

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The Music Genre Kids Like

Rock, Hip-Hop, Pop… Country? Which genre is young people’s music of choice? I always hate to answer that question, because it never ceases to make people angry. Maybe that’s because some people don’t like the answer: Rap/hip-hop. I remember teaching … Continue Reading

Posted in Entertainment Media, Jonathan's Rant, Music, Youth Culture | 3 Comments

Unedited Advice to Teen Guys

I’m in the middle of writing a devotional filled with advice for teen guys. In search of a few ideas, I sent a text to some friends and family members asking them what they would say if they could speak … Continue Reading

Posted in Books, Faith, Humor, Personal | 40 Comments

Alyssa’s Top 10 Uganda Pics

About a month ago I wrote about my 17-year-old daughter Alyssa leaving to Uganda for a two week missions trip (funny side note: last year I wrote a post about how my daughter will have no rules when she turns … Continue Reading

Posted in Personal, Travel | 2 Comments

First Launch

This coming Sunday I’m teaching a brand new parenting workshop at a church just outside of Milwaukee, based on a parenting curriculum Doug Fields and I are co-authoring. This all started with a series of blog posts I wrote about … Continue Reading

Posted in Parenting, Speaking/Training, Travel | 1 Comment

Advice to Small Group Leaders

Last weekend I had a great time with Doug Fields, Mark Matlock and Megan Hutchinson training 700 youth workers at YSPalooza in Chicago! One of the sessions I taught was “How to Lead a Small Group without Losing Your Mind.” … Continue Reading

Posted in Books, Speaking/Training, Travel, Youth Ministry Planning | 4 Comments

Sticks and Stones Contest

Shane Koyczan’s powerful YouTube video about bullying and self esteem opens huge doors to talk about these issues with teenagers. Post the questions that come to mind, and get a chance at winning a free book of your choice from Jonathan! Continue Reading

Posted in Bullying/Cyberbullying, Personal, Youth Culture, Youth Ministry Planning | 17 Comments