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Four Facts About Sex We Just Can't Keep to OurselvesBy Jonathan McKee  Talking with our kids about sex is never easy. Consequently, many parents don’t do it...which reveals itself in damaging and unnecessary mistakes. Most often, parents claim they just don’t know what to say when it comes to sex and teens (or tweens).On numerous occasions, I’ve written about why we need...
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What Should the Church Do About Homosexuality?By Jonathan McKee and David R. Smith  The MajorityTeens and tweens filled the living room, Bibles in hand. The after school Bible-study had attracted students both churched and unchurched. The format was simple. We opened the Word, read, and I explained.The passage this week was I Corinthians chapter 6. It wasn't long before we reached verse 9:"Do...
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Understanding the Mind of the UnchurchedBy Jonathan McKee  A few years ago, CBS kicked off a television series called Joan of Arcadia following the lives of Joan Girardi, her police chief father, her somewhat overbearing mother, her geeky younger brother, and former football star older brother who is now paralyzed. In a memorable scene in the beginning of the season, Joan's...
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How to NEVER reach students!By Jonathan McKee This article is an excerpt from Jonathan's award winning book, Do They Run When They See You Coming? Reaching Out to Unchurched TeenagersDo they smile or groan when they see you coming? Or do you even know?To truly understand unchurched kids, we need to be aware of their perceptions of us. Unfortunately, our reputation isn't...
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Speaking to Make an Impact, Not Just to Entertain!By Jonathan McKeeIt's Wednesday night, a ton of students showed up. Everything is going well. Staff are mingling with students. New students are meeting others. Everyone seems to be having a good time.The evening goes on better than normal, without a hitch . . . and then it's time to communicate...
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This article originally appeared as a guest post from Jonathan McKee on StudentMinistry.org A bus full of middle school students, a 7 hour trip and about 10 adult volunteers. If you’ve been in youth ministry for even a year or two, you may have experienced this situation. Kids pile in as far toward the back of the...
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This article originally appeared as a guest post from Jonathan McKee on StudentMinistry.orgWhen I was a kid, my attention span was as short as they come. Before ADHD was a household term, there was “Jonathan.” My reputation wasn’t good. Half my Sunday school teachers wanted to pump me full of Ritalin, the other half wanted to pump me full...
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