Girl Auctioning Her Virginity Offered Millions

Posted on: 01/14/09 8:17 AM | by Jonathan McKee

Last September I blogged about a young graduate from my local California State University in Sacramento who decided to auction off her virginity to pay for graduate studies.

Now she’ll be able to pay for a little more than school. Bids for a night with Natalie have just grown up to 3.7 million dollars. So far, 10,000 men have bid to have sex with her.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at her little venture. Isn’t that what our society is teaching our kids? Take your clothes off, and get paid! We encouraged Jennifer Anniston (and I quote, “I applaud her”) when she did it. Britney’s video goes number one when she does it. The message is clear. Skin pays!

I think the ironic part of this whole matter is the intent behind this whole endeavor. 22 year old Natalie wants to become a marriage and family counselor.

Maybe this will get men to become more interested in seeing a counselor.

“Sorry honey, I’m going to be late for dinner. I’m going to be seeing my therapist again.”

“Why are those bills so expensive dear?”

Natalie, with a degree in Women’s Studies (I’m not even going to make a comment about that one), insists that she’s not demeaning herself.

The last line of this particular article is classic. I gotta give Natalie points for getting this one thing right. Natalie concludes:

“It’s shocking that men will pay so much for someone’s virginity, which isn’t even prized so highly anymore.”

If You Take My “Halo 3” Away…

Posted on: 01/13/09 8:22 AM | by Jonathan McKee

Video games just hit the news again… no… this isn’t about sales.

An Ohio teenager just murdered his mom and wounded his father after they took away his Halo 3 game. Wow. I’m gonna think twice about taking my 15-year-old’s games away next time!

AP reports:

Although a teenager’s obsession with a violent video game may have warped his sense of reality, the boy is guilty of murdering his mother and wounding his father after they took “Halo 3” away from him, a judge ruled Monday.

“I firmly believe that Daniel Petric had no idea at the time he hatched this plot that if he killed his parents they would be dead forever,” Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge said.

Nonetheless, Burge rejected the defense attorneys’ argument that Petric, 17, was not guilty by reason of insanity.

The defense didn’t contest that Petric shot his parents in October 2007 after they took the game away from him, but insisted that the teen’s youth and addiction made him less responsible.

Petric may have been addicted, but the evidence also showed he planned the crime for weeks, said Burge, who found the teenager guilty of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and other charges.


The entire article here.

(ht to KJ)

Is it Okay to Show the Super Bowl at Church or Not?

Posted on: 01/10/09 4:34 PM | by Jonathan McKee

Remember all the hype in the last few years about whether the Super Bowl was allowed on the big screen at church?

This year, apparently things are different!

Two years ago NFL cracked down on a few churches and said, “No showing it on the big screens!” Last year we read reports that it was okay if you showed it on a 55″ screen (some of you remember my blog about it). This year… the NFL finally released their grip. The official word is… it’s okay to show the big game on the big screen at church Super Bowl parties.


Here’s a snippet from an ESPN article on the subject.

The NFL will allow church groups to show the Super Bowl on large-screen televisions, reversing a policy that drew criticism from elected officials.

In a letter to U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will no longer object to “live showings — regardless of screen size — of the Super Bowl” by religious organizations, The Washington Post reported.

Click here for the entire article.

Stay tuned for this week’s EZINE article where we’ll post this good news and start the beginnings of the “ready-made” Super Bowl party and quiz we provide every year (Click here to peek at last year’s)

(ht to Andrew)

Just Talking… or Is It?

Posted on: 01/8/09 6:42 PM | by Jonathan McKee

MySpace hasn’t exactly been growing by leaps and bounds anymore. Facebook seems to have stolen most of its thunder. But that hasn’t kept MySpace out of the news… and that’s not always “good news.”

Last week CNN reported on a new study that unveils what most of the conversation on MySpace is about.

A snippet from the article:

(CNN) — A new study finds that 54 percent of teens talk about behaviors such as sex, alcohol use, and violence on the social networking giant MySpace — presenting potential risks even if all they’re doing is talking, researchers said Monday.

Not all of these kids are necessarily doing what they talk about. A lot of it might be “just talk.” But the article goes onto say…

Even if teens have not actually engaged in risky behaviors but merely brag about them online, this can still affect their future behavior, said study co-author Dr. Dimitri Christakis, professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington and director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Hospital.


Do you know what your kids are posting on their social networking Web sites?

(ht to David)

An Inconvenient Compassion

Posted on: 01/8/09 8:57 AM | by Jonathan McKee

Compassion is so inconvenient.

I flew back from the midwest Monday, I fly out again tomorrow morning for another speaking weekend… this has been a crazy three days. Add to that… “Jack.” That’s what the kids have named the stray that wandered into our life yesterday.

Lori and Alyssa  went on a run yesterday and happened upon “Jack.” He’s a medium sized dog, probably six months old, a little too skinny, unrecognizable as any breed… a mutt by all standards. He ran up to them with no collar, no tags and no worries- tongue out and ready to play. Unfortunately that meant dodging in and out of traffic along the roads.

Lori tried to get him to stop running in the street… but he didn’t always respond when she called to him. Enjoying the freedom, he would run a block ahead, stop, turn, then dart out across the road again, oblivious to the fast moving cars.

“Jack” followed Lori and Alyssa for a mile. Finally Lori burst in our front door and brought me into the loop. “Jonathan, a stray has been following us for a mile. He’s totally stupid. He’s gonna get killed.” (No time for tact.)

My first thought was, “A stray? Today? Isn’t that someone else’s problem?”
Apparently not, because even as I had that thought, we heard tires screech to a halt and a horn blare. Lori said, “See. That’s probably him again. He keeps running into traffic.”

We ran a block, following the sounds of horns and cars slamming on their brakes. As we rounded a corner we saw him- standing in the middle of the street like, ‘anyone want to play?’

He apparently liked Lori, so I told her to call him. She got down in a squat, “Here pup. Here boy.” He cocked his head to the side, paused, then ran full sprint to Lori and enjoyed a good scratching behind the ears. I ran and got a leash from the house and we brought him to our side yard.

Immediately the kids started in with, “How cute.” And “We’ll call him Jack.” And “What if he doesn’t have a home?” All loaded statements!!!

I quickly told them. “Kids. We have two dogs. We can’t keep Jack.” (Dang… I called him Jack!)

The kids were silent. I looked at his stupid little happy face and his brown little eyes. I couldn’t just let him run free in the street. I knew it was a matter of moments before he was gonna be hit.

“We will do our best to find ‘Jack’ his home… or a home.” I added.

So ‘Jack’ is now in our yard. He’s a digger, so we had to moves some rocks around and reinforce some fences. He spent the night in a kennel in our garage, with regular visits from my three kids and Jethro, one of our dogs.

Today now entails taking him to a nearby vet to have him scanned for a chip (Now most dogs have chips implanted in their coat in case they are lost. We’ll check to see if he has one since he has no collar and no tags). My wife called county animal care this morning and left a description of the dog in case someone calls missing him. The next step, if there is no chip… DOG FOUND signs with our phone number and his picture.

Compassion is very inconvenient. We’re hours into this dog already. Why? He was in danger. And no one else cared.

Such is ministry for many of us. Plenty of kids roam our community that would be very inconvenient to reach out to. They don’t have a faith, they don’t have a church home, and in all honesty, they seem content with their freedom.

Some people just ignore them and drive by them. After all… we don’t have much time.

Others might stop and try to make contact. But these strays aren’t always easy to connect with. It takes time and effort.


Compassion is so inconvenient.

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UPDATE: Lori just took “Jack” to the vet to get him scanned. He is chipped. (Whew!) His name is Trooper and he lives about a mile from us. They’ve been looking for him. Heading there now.

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UPDATE: We just dropped him off. His owners were really greatful. They have a collar and tag for him, but had it off. He slipped out yesterday while the owner was working in the yard. It was good to see he had a home.

Struggling With “Jackass”

Posted on: 01/6/09 5:17 PM | by Jonathan McKee

If you’re looking for the “Jackass Blog” … it’s gone. This is in its place.

A Necessary Apology 

I want to take a moment and apologize. I’m not proud of my reaction to criticism last week… I should have taken the high road. This response is five days late.

Many of you saw the “Jackass” blog last week. I don’t need to go into all the details, but basically I received some criticism for using the word “Jackass” several times at a big event I spoke at one week ago. I talked about the MTV show “Jackass,” criticizing it for it’s attitude of “no consequences.” I then segued to the Gospel (and over 200 kids were saved that week). I’m not going to rehash that issue. That’s not the point of this post. Enough has been said.

What I want to apologize for is my reaction to the criticism, specifically from the individual who emailed me initially. If I had the situation to do over again, I should have responded gracefully, thanking him for his feedback.

Although I’m sure that he and I don’t agree on the original issue, and may never agree, I should have responded in love regardless. Regrettably I chose the path of trying to convince this individual of my opinion and blogging about the incident. This didn’t result in healthy dialogue, it resulted in a lot of mudslinging.

The apostle Paul, in his Spirit-filled wisdom, points out that leaving “love” out of the picture results in a loud clanging sound. My response this past week probably sounded a lot like a clanging symbol.

This week God’s been tugging at my heart about this confrontation. This morning, after praying about it, I finally called the individual involved and personally apologized for my response to his criticism. He was really gracious and forgiving.

I want to take this opportunity to apologize to all of you as well for my response. In addition, I’m doing something I’ve never done before, I’m deleting a blogpost. I don’t think it was productive. So I’ll post this apology in its place.

Hindsight is 20/20. I should have responded gracefully to begin with.

Please accept my apology.

God Bless,

Jonathan McKee

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Sitting on Top of the World

Posted on: 01/5/09 2:48 PM | by Jonathan McKee

I just arrived home from a 5 day trip where I was the keynote speaker at a youth conference in Wisconsin. Great trip. Not only was it a rewarding ministry weekend, I also was able to bring my 13- year-old daughter Alyssa with me.

We flew into Chicago, ate some Giordano’s Pizza, drove up to Wisconsin, spoke for the weekend, then hung out in the Chicago downtown for one night before returning home. A fantastic time with my Lyssa. I’ll blog more about it later… I’m dead tired at the moment (got up WAY too early this morning to catch the flight home).

So for now… I’ll just leave you with this low res pic that Alyssa and I took with my cheap little camera phone from the top of the John Hancock building in downtown Chicago. We went up to the 96th floor (top floor) and had a virgin strawberry daiquiri in the “Signature Lounge.” Great view sitting in one of the tallest buildings in the world.

Good times.

(you can see the Sears tower in the upper right, Michigan Avenue the lit street below up the center of the pic)

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