My Prayer for Lil Wayne

Posted on: 07/7/11 1:51 PM | by Jonathan McKee

Last night I had the most vivid dream about rapper Lil Wayne.

Don’t worry… I’m not gonna get weird on you, but for some reason I had a dream that I met Lil Wayne and we engaged in an intriguing conversation.

I don’t know what triggered it. Maybe it was because yesterday on the plane all day I was writing the shooting script for a new YS/Zondervan curriculum based on my book on evangelism, Do They Run When They See You Coming? My theme of that whole curriculum is, “An authentic faith opens the door to authentic conversations.”

In my dream I saw the famous rapper Wayne in some sort of office building passing in the hallway. He didn’t have any bodyguards- just him. We got into an elevator together and I leaned over and told him, “You’re very talented. You have the ears of this young generation.”

He politely said, “Thank you.”

I paused and said, “You know… you have an awesome responsibility.”

He didn’t say anything; he just looked at me. In my dream I debated whether to keep going. I didn’t know if I was pushing too far for a first conversation, but then I figured, this is going to be my ONLY conversation with him! It’s not like he’s gonna wanna come over and hang out with me. That would be the ideal way to have a conversation- one that flows naturally out of a friendship. Nothing forced.

But in stranger-on-a-train fashion, I went ahead and spoke the truth. I said, “Like it or not, you’re a role model for young kids. They love your music. They listen to what you are saying. They imitate you. They look up to you.”

I don’t know how true this dream was to real life, but in my dream he just stood listening.

I finally asked him, “What would you like them to glean from you when they watch you and listen to you day in and day out? You have the power to make an impact in their lives. It’s your choice what that impact will be.”

The dream got weird and next thing I knew Lil Wayne and I were at my cousin’s ranch trying to walk through some mud. It was hard to step through, but we worked together to get through it. We eventually got through it and he smiled at me.

That’s all I remember.

I woke up and couldn’t get that dream out of my head. I’m no Joseph, so I probably won’t offer any good interpretation to this dream, but I found it interesting that my initial “one-sided” conversation with him didn’t yeild a response from him. But once we went through the muck together, something happened. Possibly because that’s how it often works in real life.

I pray that Wayne would move next door to someone with an authentic faith, someone that will invite him over for BBQ and become friends with him. Someone that will be there to help him carry that heavy hide-a-bed from the living room to the den, and maybe even share a cold drink with him after helping him plant a tree in his backyard. Someone who will live such an authentic life that Wayne can’t help but eventually just ask him, “What is it about you?”

And this person will be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope that’s within (I Peter 3:15-18). An authentic life will have opened the door to an authentic conversation.

That is my prayer this morning—my prayer for Lil Wayne.

Transformers Not for Kids

Posted on: 07/6/11 12:00 PM | by Jonathan McKee

Last week I went to see the new Transformers: Dark of the Moon film with two of my friends. We braved the theatres in the middle of the afternoon, a theatre full of young kids– literally toddlers and elementary school kids.

What a disappointment.

The film was upsetting on several levels.

First, it was just plain boring. The film was 2 and a half hours long, and had about 20 to 30 minutes of entertaining story. The rest was robots fighting. Yawn. (Seriously. I wish I brought a book!)

Second, it was just inappropriate for kids. Sure, I’d be the first to tell you that parents should probably not let their 7-year-old see a film rated Rated PG-13 for intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo.” But the film’s opening credits revealed that Hasbro (the toy company) was a producer. Who is this film being marketed to? The age of the audience in my theatre said it all.

Should little Billy be watching…

  – a girl in her underwear walking up the stairs (camera following her butt) to get in bed with Sam

  – two robots making jokes about Sam “getting lucky”

  – the same two robots calling each other “d**khead”

  – Sam’s mom suggesting that the only reason Sam got two beautiful girlfriends was because of a large… Sam cuts her off by saying, “What the f…” and never finishes the sentence.

  – When Sam receives an award from the president, he mouths, “What the f**k!”

Should your 14-year-old watch that? The movie just wasn’t made for kids.

Todd and I are posting our detailed review as well as some discussion questions on our MOVIE REVIEWS & QUICK Q’s page later today on both and 

Thanks to You...

Posted on: 07/5/11 10:53 AM | by Jonathan McKee

It’s a good day to be a reader of this blog. Fun announcements all around, including the 10 winners of our GAMES & ICEBREAKERS page “Comment Contest.”

But first… a very cool little piece of news. I want to thank you all for being readers of this blog and helping it land in the 2011 list of the Top 20 Youth Ministry Blogs. I’m humbled to be part of that amazing list of writers… thanks so much for reading what I write! (Congrats to all my friends on the list as well: Tim, Greg, Kurt, Walt… too many to name)

Now let me announce the winners of our “Comment Contest.” The task was simple. Jump on our GAMES & ICEBREAKERS page and post a comments and/or rating. This helps us keep our resources current and fresh. This also will help us add a very cool feature to that page soon- we’re going to add a “sort” feature so that you can sort the list of games by “ranking.” This way you can see which games you- the viewers- like best.

We had 100s of comments and ratings come in providing your “two cents” about many of our over 900 games. This morning I randomly chose 10 winners. Five people win the new THOU SHALT LAUGH DVD (My two cents on that DVD here), and five people win their choice of any of my books in print (any of the books you see pictures of on the left hand side of this page).

Here are the winners! (I just emailed these people this morning!)

Thou Shalt Laugh 5
Ashley for her comment about the Alka-Seltzer On the Head Duel
Josh Shrable for his comment about Newspaper Name Nail (great game by the way)
Nathanael for his comment about the $1,000 Bill Exchange
Chad for his comment about Two Truths and a Lie (love that game… use it all the time!)
Robert for his comment about Candy Hunt
Chris Childs for his comment about Grab It
Lee for his comment about Battle of the Generations (also an awesome game!)
Dan Manns for his comments about Bear Hunt
Karen for her comment about the Penny Challenge
Carissa Hippen for her comment about Alphabet Getting to Know You

Thanks for being part of this blog!

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