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The Ladies of the 2014 MTV VMAs
Big Names. Big Money. Big Impact. Big Questions.
Jonathan McKee and David R. Smith

This year’s MTV Video Music Awards (the VMAs) departed from its normal gimmicks to show us something young people have adored for generations…


No, I’m not saying the show wasn’t void of twerking, revealing...
JONATHAN'S BLOG: Traveling Near You
September is already here and I’m about to begin spending a lot of time in airports! That might just mean I’ll be coming to a city near you. Check out my fall schedule and see. Here are some of the highlights… staring with Eastern PA this weekend:

September 6 and 7, 2014 (Lititz, PA)
This Saturday night I’ll be training youth leaders at Grace Brethren Church of Lititz. Then Sunday morning I’ll be preaching in their services and teaching my Parenting the Smartphone Generation workshop later that afternoon.

September 14, 2014 (Woodville, TX)
I’ll be preaching in the morning services at First Baptist Church Woodville, then teaching my Parenting the Smartphone Generation workshop early afternoon following lunch.

September 17-24, 2014 (Kampala, UGANDA)
I’m returning to Uganda again this year, this time with my dad, and with a focus on multiplication. We’re partnering with two churches in the city of Kampala, Kampala Baptist Church and the Anglican church All Saints. My dad and I will be teaching a two day training workshop for youth leaders on the 17th and 18th at All Saints, training area youth leaders and certifying them to train others in key youth ministry skills. Then my father and I will part ways: my dad will speak at Kampala Baptist Church Sunday and train pastors Monday and Tuesday, while I speak at a large Anglican conference and speak at several school assemblies.

October 5, 2014 (Sacramento, CA)
This year I’ll be teaching my “Leading Small Groups Without Losing Your Mind” workshop at both Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Conventions. I teach it on Sunday morning at the Sacramento convention.

October 12, 2014 (Hutchinson, MN)
On Sunday morning I’ll be preaching at the morning services at Shalom Baptist Church, then teaching my Parenting the Smartphone Generation workshop immediately after with lunch.

October 19, 2014 (Irvine, CA)
I’ll be teaching my Parenting the Smartphone Generation workshop at the Irvine Campus of Saddleback Church Sunday early afternoon immediately following the services.

November 2, 2014 (Topeka, KS)
I will be preaching in the Sunday morning service at Bethel Baptist Church, then teaching my Parenting the Smartphone Generation workshop later that afternoon.

November 9, 2014 (Salina, KS)
I will be preaching at the Sunday morning services at First Covenant Church, then teaching my Parenting the Smartphone Generation workshop later that afternoon.

November 20-23, 2014 (Atlanta, GA)
I’ll be teaching my “Leading Small Groups Without Losing Your Mind” workshop again at the Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention on Saturday afternoon.

NOTE ABOUT ATLANTA- I currently have Sunday free to preach and teach a parenting workshop in the greater ATL area! No travel costs since I’m already there. Email me if you’re interested.

That’s the bulk of my fall speaking and training. But peek at MY CALENDAR to see some of the places I’ll be in 2015, including WI, TX, MN, PA, SC, NV, MD… and more! Or CLICK HERE to find out about bringing me to your city!

Season 2, Episode 13—Beside the Dying Fire
Is this what Jesus meant by resurrection of the dead? Hershel and Rick bring it up in this week’s Season 2 Finale’ of The Walking Dead. This week we saw the true devastation “a herd” could bestow. Utter chaos swept

Some kids are too cool to do anything.  Part peacock, part pubescent, their pride gets the best of them at almost every turn... NOT these kids.

My kids will laugh at silly jokes.  They eat Happy Meals.  They watch kiddie shows and are unashamed.  They wear cat ears, 3D glasses with the lenses taken out, and give themselves names like Batman, Nightwing, and Doctor Wolverine (that name is mine, by the way). They are nerds…to the EXTREME.  So of course, we get along JUST FINE.  

Nowhere is this hardcore geekiness more evident than at our awesome new boys group, Guys and Fries Thursday. Every week I meet a small group of junior high 6th and 7th grade guys at McDonald’s to eat french fries, play card games, and talk about important life topics. We build mountains of french fries and use ketchup packets to make them into volcanoes (or we would if the kids actually ATE KETCHUP with their fries). Last week we had an epic battle of slapjack and used the parable of the unforgiving servant to discuss the topic of forgiveness. We also went off on rabbit trails, leading to one kid talking for ten minutes about the best way to get out of a cave. After all, these are junior high school boys, so focusing is always an issue.  Many have the attention span of a 6-week-old-puppy in a field filled with butterflies.  

And that’s on a good day.        

And yet, in spite of the silliness and beneath the crazy laughter, coupled with the random card games and the nerdy times, there are real Gospel truths being presented, and barriers, like walls, that are tumbling down.  

See, some of these kids you’d never spot worshiping in the youth room at your church on a Sunday morning.  But campus ministry is a different animal altogether:  With us, atheists mingle with Christians, agnostics with Mormons, Jews with Muslims.

And that’s Youth for Christ/Campus Life at its best. That’s what we can be: A haven for people who do not know the Gospel; a place where kids can go to just be themselves. We gather representatives from various tribes, tongues, and nations together in one room to learn stories, build relationships, and point kids to Jesus Christ.  

This is just the beginning of what we’re doing here at a Sacramento suburb middle school.  In less than a school year, we’ve launched a successful weekly Monday Campus Life club, a guys group, and continue to build contacts within the community, all while maintaining a breakfast club that regularly sees an average of 120 students every Friday (we’ve written about that before in this column).

How are you reaching the campus near you?

Movie Reviews and Quick Q's:
Edge of Tomorrow (6/6/2014)

Posted on August 8/26/2014, 2014 at 09:57 AM
Video Game Reviews @
House of the Dead III, The

Posted on August 8/22/2014, 2014 at 03:57 PM
YouTube Discussion Starters:
The Death of Robin Williams

Posted on August 8/15/2014, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Music Discussions:

Posted on July 7/21/2014, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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The Long-Lasting Consequences of Sexting
Kids don’t get to decide the consequences for their actions, but they do get to decide the course of action they take. This resource from our OUTREACH AGENDAS page proves that reality using the example of sexting.

Discussion Starter: Teen Sext Haunts Man 7 Years Later 
This article, written by Nicole Brady on May 13, 2012, appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, a newspaper from Australia. It concerns an unnamed man and the consequences he faces years after admitting he sent pictures of he and his 17-year-old girlfriend havin

Spiritual Growth Resource of the Week RSS Feed
Contact (Faith)

Our students need to have strong faith even when those around them don’t agree with them. This resource from our MOVIE CLIP DISCUSSIONS page will help them to have strong faith when life gets tough.


The Movie Clip: Only by Faith
Contact is a Sci-Fi movie that tells the story of Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) and her discovery of a signal being broadcast from deep space. The signal contains the blueprints for building a very special machine. Even after human scientists take the time, money, and energy to build the machine, they still 

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