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February 15, 2011

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New on Our YouTube Page: Jonathan McKee and his 17-year-old son Alec-Voices of the Bullied (the entire talk posted on our A Lil Bit podcast)

Jonathan McKee and Alec Address Bullying Head-on

Last weekend Jonathan and Alec got an opportunity to share with a group of 450 students about the effects of bullying, and steps teenagers can make to truly make a difference in the lives of others.
Bullied Talk



Something You Can Use This Week: A Post-Valentine's Day "Love" Discussion-True Love is Sacrificial-a Movie Clip Discussion

Shaolin Soccer
Shaolin Soccer
5 Stars

Movie Clip: Shaolin Soccer, PG-13, Miramax Films

Main Point: True love is sacrificial.

Attention Grabber: Movie – Shaolin Soccer
Shaolin Soccer is a movie based on a comic book. Filmed in China, it is about a retired professional soccer player who discovers a kung fu master named Sing. The two work together to build a soccer team of other kung fu masters, and they compete for big money at a national soccer championship. The movie is pretty funny, using Matrix-like technology to make great but ridiculous soccer matches. It is pretty clean. We've included a YouTube link below, and the DVD comes with the original Chinese version (which we use for this discussion), complete with the English subtitles, and the newer English version, which is actually missing a scene or two and is dubbed in English.

Scene: I sing to express my admiration.
In this particular scene, Sing (the main character of the film) sees a girl who uses kung fu techniques to make buns. He is so impressed by her technique that he instantly bursts into song to show her how much he admires her. Another passerby gets caught up in the conversation, as he tries to defend Sing's silliness of singing to express one's emotions. The camera zooms in on the passerby's eye as an explosion detonates, and instantly the man begins to sing. Soon, an entire crowd comes together and dances in the street. It is a great film clip to show just how silly the world's view of love (as defined by overwhelming emotion) is.

The scene starts at approximately 14:19, when Sing is watching Mui make the buns. Be sure you start after the yin-yang appears in the girl's batch of dough-could be controversial. The scene ends after the dancing crowd scatters at approximately 19:44.

Important Note For Cuing The Film: The scene is only on the original Chinese version of the movie, so be sure you have selected that option when you first put the DVD in the player.

Introductory Statement: You know, I was thinking today. I really love the weather. I do. Think about it. Clouds one day, rain another, hot sunny days in the summer... Weather is really cool; I just love it! And not only that, I also love my dad. I love him a lot. And I really love Oreos. Oh man, what I wouldn't give for some Oreos right now. You know, I also love Jesus. But I love the Macho combo burrito from Del Taco. (In this intro, of course, you can substitute any of these items to suit your taste. I would really recommend putting more emphasis on the lesser items, though, to really show how ironic the use of the word love is.)

Have you guys ever thought about how stupid the word love really is? I mean, I use the same word to show my enjoyment in Oreos that I use to say how much I love my wife. Really think about it. Isn't that lame? It seems like the word love has actually been killed. Some people think love is about a huge pink and white Valentine's Day card with big words written in cursive on it. Others think that it is just another word with no meaning at all, while some people think that love is a passionate emotion that overcomes their whole body.

Today we're talking about love. But before we get into it, let's watch this video clip that paints a pretty good picture of what the world tries to tell us love is.




Training and Workshops: Jonathan's New Training Workshops from His Three Newest Books

Looking for a someone to train and equip your leaders and parents? You'll definitely want to take a peek at three of Jonathan's most popular new trainings based off his brand new books Ministry by Teenagers, and Connect, and the upcoming Candid Confessions of an Imperfect Parent (coming March 31st).
- - MINISTRY BY TEENAGERS - -
The Training Workshop

Jonathan will be teaching this workshop at both Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Conventions this year:
  • September 30-October 2, 2011 (San Diego, CA)
  • November 18-20, 2011 (Atlanta, GA)
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: You may be sitting on an untapped gold mine of leadership for your youth group-your teenagers themselves! Teenagers must get opportunities to serve and use their gifts in ministry prior to high school graduation, taking full ownership of their faith development. This seminar will highlight key strategies for developing spiritual growth in students and giving them opportunities to serve in their ministries.


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This workshop is based off Jonathan's brand new book, Ministry By Teenagers: Developing Leaders from Within. CLICK HERE to order this book from us right now.
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- - CONNECT - -
The Training Workshop
Jonathan will be teaching this workshop in April:

April 16, 2011 (Garden City, KS)
Connect Training Workshop, Western Kansas Baptist Association


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This one day or half day workshop equips youth workers, both paid and volunteer, to initiate contact with today's teenagers. Connecting with kids has been deemed one of the most-if not THE most-important priority in youth ministry today. This training provides unique insight how to connect with kids one-on-one, equipping youth leaders with resources and ideas to help them reach the different kids they will encounter in this rapidly changing culture.


This workshop is based off Jonathan's new book, CONNECT. CLICK HERE to order this book from us right now.
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-PARENTING THE TEXTING GENERATION-
The Training Workshop
Jonathan will be teaching this workshop next month:

March 27, 2011 (Lititz, PA)
Preach, Parent Workshop, Middle Creek Church

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This seminar encourages parents that they CAN make a difference in the lives of their kids, and equips them to do just that. Jonathan gives us a glimpse into the highly sexualized world of youth culture and exposes the media messages your kids are immersing themselves with. Learn how to filter these influences and teach our kids discernment. Discover how to build lasting values and glean a few ideas that will help you open the channels of communication in your house.


This workshop is based off Jonathan's upcoming book, Candid Confessions of an Imperfect Parent (coming March 31st)
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