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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: Four conversations parents must have
As requests are coming in for speaking this fall, I wanted to let you know about a new workshop I'm launching... FOUR CONVERSATIONS! It's the first parent workshop I'm doing where I have parents and kids in the same room!

Right now my go-to workshop for parents is PARENTING THE SMARTPHONE GENERATION... I taught this workshop in almost 30 churches in the U.S. last year. For those churches, this new workshop is a natural next step to opening up the doors of dialogue about these important issues with families.

My goal is to start conversations in the workshop that will continue in the home.

The workshop focuses on helping young people think before they post, the focus of my new book, The Teen's Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices (here's a recent TV interview about the importance of these conversations).

For more information on how to book me for one of these workshops, just visit my PARENT WORKSHOPS page or click here to CONTACT ME ABOUT BOOKING one of these workshops.

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

Topical Curriculum:
Testing Toothpicks... and Friendships

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Video Game Reviews @
Far Cry 5

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Music Discussions:
God's Plan

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Games & IceBreakers:

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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