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Blockbusters of 2018 (Part 1)
The Movies That Will Heat Up the Box Office This Summer
David R. Smith

Superheroes that are role models, and superheroes that are anything but. Thieves from outer space, and thieves from New York City. And dinosaurs. Lots and lots of flesh-ripping, human-digesting dinosaurs.

It's gonna be a big summer at the box office this...
JONATHAN'S BLOG: Refreshingly brutal advice to young guys
Today’s guys face a lot of distractions… a lot more than I faced as a young man.

Let’s be honest. When I was 13 in 1983 I had access to porn, drugs, and raunchy entertainment media.

  • But porn wasn’t just a click away in my pocket, it was in a magazine at my friend’s house if we dared to sneak into his dad’s bedroom.

  • Marijuana was available, but it wasn’t mainstream or encouraged… and it sure wasn’t legal.

  • I loved movies, music and television, but my house had one screen and a boombox. Now I have a dozen screens, and my entire entertainment media library is available in the cloud. Name a movie or music video. I can watch it within seconds, regardless of rating.

But I think the biggest difference between then and now is self-esteem. Sure, it’s always been tough. Back then it was difficult to measure up at school. You had to wear the right clothes, say the right things and blend in. I wore high socks with yellow and blue stripes at the top, an O.P. shirt and my Member’s Only jacket when it was brisk. I couldn’t afford Vuarnet’s, but I had some knockoff Ray-Bans. (Risky Business came out in August 1983… Ray-Bans were the rage!)

But all the right clothes didn’t make me popular. People were people (Depeche Mode articulated that the following year). I struggled fitting in.

The one saving grace was that at 2:43 the bell rang and I could go home away from all that pressure until the next morning.

Today that pressure never ends. At 2:43 the bell rings, the phone comes out of the pocket and young people enter an entirely different world where they not only face the continued pressure to measure up, they actually have a numeric value to exactly how well they are “LIKED”, how many “friends” they have, and a never ending stream of comments from sources known and unknown. It’s like a personal self esteem barometer.

Is it any surprise anxiety, depression and suicide is at an unprecedented high?

It’s never been more difficult to be a guy. It’s never been more necessary to talk with young men about porn, drugs, entertainment media and self esteem. (Is it a surprise that these are the most requested topics I speak about?)

This week my publisher and I just set the date for one year from now to release my second “Guy’s Guide” book specifically addressing these four battles today’s teens fight. I hope to be just as “Refreshingly brutal” (thanks for that review Nancy) as the first one, helping young men let go of the sins that so easily entangle, and fix their eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1,2).

Thanks to all of you for making the first one a Best Seller (still raging on Amazon).

Is there anything you would like to see specifically addressed in this book? I’d love your input!

Season Eight, Episode Sixteen, Wrath
by Thom McKee Did you ever think that mercy would win at the end of season 8 of The Walking Dead? I know that I didn’t. It is no secret that I have been very critical of this season. I

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Testing Toothpicks...and Friendship
Want a great way to talk about the importance of supportive relationships? Check out this brand new resource from our OBJECT LESSONS page. Your students will learn how much stronger we are when we’re together. 

The Discussion Starter: Breaking Toothpicks 
Start by buying several boxes of high quality toothpicks; the thicker, the better. You absolutely must buy the round, wooden kind and NOT the flat, wooden kind of toothpicks! In fact, if you can get the long, thick toothpicks used for hors d’oeuvres, that would be best. 

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I Knew You Were Trouble
According to this strong resource from our MUSIC DISCUSSIONS page, some people are just trouble…and we know it right away. If we choose to involve ourselves with them, we’ll pay the price every time. 

The Discussion Starter: 
Taylor Swift struck again…and some poor ex-boyfriend of hers got a very public smack down. Her music video I Knew You Were Trouble has been a highly popular one. In fact, as of this writing, it’s sitting in 

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