Monthly Archives: September 2013

Opening the Doors of Dialogue… with an Unusual Tool

A month ago my friends Adam, Marko and I launched an intriguing project with no clue as to how people would respond. I wrote an atypical little discussion-starting tool, in the guise of a fiction book titled, The Zombie Apocalypse … Continue Reading

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iPhone Scavenger Hunt

My daughter Ashley wanted to do something a little different for her 16th birthday party with her friends, so I reached into my old youth ministry toolkit ( and planned something just a little different than the same ol’ same … Continue Reading

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Boring Them to Death

“Long boring sermons just don’t work.” It was the one common denominator on almost everyone’s paper. I just spent two weeks speaking to young people and training youth workers in Uganda… and their kids are just like ours. The training … Continue Reading

Posted in Books, Evangelism, Speaking/Training, Youth Culture, Youth Ministry Planning | 6 Comments

Miley’s Wrecking Ball

It’s really been sad watching the downward spiral of Miley over the last 5 years. I say that with sincerity, as the father of two girls who used to watch the Hannah Montana show. It’s sad seeing a childhood hero … Continue Reading

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Missing the Ball

The night I arrived back to the US after two weeks from Uganda, I had a dream. I was playing soccer (football, if we’re in Uganda) and was the left wing—that’s the forward on the left side. My friend Marko … Continue Reading

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5 Steps to Connect with Teens

Youth Specialties recently released a 7 minute YouTube video with my 5 Steps for Connecting with Teenagers training as a part of their resourceful little YS Idea Lab videos. This is the perfect little training video to show to your … Continue Reading

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The Infiltration of US Culture

Do you ever wonder if teenagers are the same across the globe? I’ve been in the city of Kampala, Uganda almost a week now hanging with teenagers, parents, and youth workers. I’ve spoken at several youth events, taught a parent … Continue Reading

Posted in Entertainment Media, Internet, Movies, Music, Smartphones/Cell Phones, Speaking/Training, Travel, Youth Culture | 2 Comments

SnapChat and the Ostrich Parent

You’d think the recent news about SnapChat would be enough to finally convince parents to step in and hit the DELETE button, right? So why is it 74 percent of parents are simply sticking their heads in the sand and … Continue Reading

Posted in Entertainment Media, Internet, Jonathan's Rant, Parenting, Sexuality, Smartphones/Cell Phones, Social Media, Youth Culture | 4 Comments

Arrived in Uganda

As you read this, I’ve probably just landed in Uganda. That means the worst part of the trip is over (29 hours of flights) and the exciting part begins! A few weeks ago I told you about this opportunity to … Continue Reading

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80’s Flashback

Oh… this is good. If you haven’t seen this yet, you’ve gotta try this little 80’s gaming flashback. Try this: 1. Pick any YouTube video. (An individual video – not channel videos) 2. Play it, then pause. 3. Click somewhere … Continue Reading

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