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Article Archives

Check out the archive of "Ezine" articles that Jonathan has written over the past years. Enjoy free games, ideas, video clips & reviews ... and much, much more.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007
  • Special 2007 Movies Podcast: Jonathan and Todd deliver a Special Movie Review Podcast where they discuss their favorite films from 2007, the best films to show at youth group, the best discussion starters...
  • Training Tools for Your Leaders: Start the New Year right by equipping your leaders
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
  • Something You Can Use This Week: A "Ready Made" Christmas Talk You Can Use
  • Training Tools for Your Leaders: Start the New Year right by equipping your leaders
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
  • Featured: We Just Gave Our Website a COMPLETE MAKEOVER With All New Front Page Features!
  • Something You Can Use: Christmas Games, Ideas, Video Clip Discussions...
  • Gifts for Your Leaders: Looking for something to give your leaders for Christmas? How about a six pack?
  • Newest Podcast: Willow's Scott Rubin joins Jonathan and the gang for a hilarious and informative podcast on middle school ministry, going deep, Soulja Boy's song and dance... and more!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
  • Featured Articles: Music-a Door to Transforming Conversations
  • A Peek at the Brand New Podcast: Willow's Scott Rubin joins Jonathan and the gang for a hilarious and informative podcast on middle school ministry, going deep, Soulja Boy's song and dance... and more!
  • Freebie: This is Your Last Week to get FIVE FREE issues of The Journal of Student Ministries in print and enter to win a FREE iPhone
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
  • Featured Article: Two Generations Ready & Willing to Volunteer, Part II- Are Young Professionals Actually a Good Source of Volunteers?
  • Read an Excerpt from Podcast #8: Jonathan, Brandon and Saddleback's Kurt Johnston talk about whether "programming works"
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
  • Featured Article: Why I'm Not Going Back to that Youth Group-Confessions from a 14 Year Old
  • Youth Culture Window: What I Learned From Watching Commercials-How Truth's anti-tobacco campaign can help youth workers shape their message
  • Podcast #8: Are "Programs" a Bad Thing? Jonathan, Brandon and Saddleback's Kurt Johnston talk about whether "programming" works
  • Thanksgiving Break Movie Reviews: Enchanted, Bee Movie, Live Free or Die Hard, Shrek the Third...
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
  • Featured Article: Two Generations Ready & Willing to Volunteer, Part I
  • New Podcast: Jonathan, Brandon and Saddleback's Kurt Johnston talk about whether "programming works"
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
  • Youth Culture Window: Is That Compass Pointing South? Christian Groups Agitated About New Film, "The Golden Compass"
  • Something You Can Use: Using Dove's "Evolution" Commercial- Including Small Group Questions, Scripture and a Wrap Up Talk
  • Jonathan Training in Atlanta: Jonathan Teaches Two Workshops at the YS NYWC-GROUP releases Jonathan and Tom's new book at the convention
  • DVD Movie Giveaway Results: The Five Winners of the Christian Stand-up Comedy Movie THOU SHALT LAUGH 2 DVD Giveaway
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
  • Featured Article: Polar Reactions to the "Church/Para-church Fight" Article
  • Volunteer Help: Dealing with the New Breed of Volunteers
  • DVD Movie Giveaway: We're giving away five DVD's of the upcoming Christian Stand-up Comedy Movie THOU SHALT LAUGH 2 to five of you just for telling us how our free resources have helped you!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
  • Featured Article: When "Us vs. Them" Trumps Kingdom Mentality, the Church/Para-church Fight Brought to the Table
  • Special Roadtrip Podcast: Jonathan and Brandon take a road trip down to the Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention giving you a snippet of all the action!
  • Something You Can Use: A Third MOVIE CLIP DISCUSSION using "Evan Almighty" to jumpstart discussion-this time about "Answers to Prayer"
  • Another DVD Movie Giveaway: We're giving away five DVD's of the upcoming Christian Stand-up Comedy Movie THOU SHALT LAUGH 2 to five of you just for telling us how our free resources have helped you!
  • Coming Soon: Need more volunteers? Jonathan and his father talk about how to harness this "New Breed" of volunteer in their new book available in our next issue of this EZINE!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
  • Featured Article: Friday Night Lights' Inaccurate Picture of a Modern Day Believer... or is it?
  • Something You Can Use: YET ANOTHER New MOVIE CLIP DISCUSSION using "Evan Almighty" to jumpstart discussion—this time about Persecution
  • Another DVD Movie Giveaway: We're giving away five DVD's of the upcoming Christian Stand-up Comedy Movie THOU SHALT LAUGH 2 to five of you just for telling us how our free resources have helped you!
  • Coming Soon: Need more volunteers? Jonathan and his father talk about how to harness this "New Breed" of volunteer in their new book coming this November
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
  • Youth Culture Window: All the "hype" about Halo 3- and something you can use to talk about Spiritual Warfare
  • Something You Can Use: A New MOVIE CLIP DISCUSSION using "Evan Almighty" to talk about Prayer
  • WINNERS of the Evan Almighty DVD Giveaway: Check out the five "Flier" contest winners, each winning an "Evan Almighty" DVD
  • Coming Soon: New Recruiting Resource Coming This November
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
  • Something You Can Use: A New MUSIC DISCUSSION using Matchbox Twenty's new hit song "How Far We've Come"
  • Evan Almighty DVD Giveaway: Last week to enter our "Flier" contest with a chance to win one of five "Evan Almighty" DVDs awarded to the top 5 fliers submitted
  • New Podcast Announced Winners: Episode #7 just launched last week announcing the winners of our THE SOURCE PODCAST SUMMER GIVEAWAY!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
  • Evan Almighty DVD Giveaway: We're giving away 5 "Evan Almighty" DVDs to the top 5 fliers submitted
  • Don't Miss Movies: This week is the week for movies-and especially the week for football films! Check out some great recommendations from Jonathan & Todd including the new family film starring "The Rock" called The Game Plan. Also enjoy the DVD releases of We Are Marshall, and the TV series Friday Night Lights.
  • New Podcast Announces Winners this Weekend: Listen to Episode #7, launching this weekend, to find out the winners of our THE SOURCE PODCAST SUMMER GIVEAWAY!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
  • What's New: The Top 10 Youth Ministry Resources accessed on THE SOURCE's Web Site
  • Jonathan at the Youth Specialties NYWC: Catch Jonathan teaching two workshops at either the San Diego or Atlanta National Youth Workers Conventions
  • Last Chance to Win Big Listening to our Podcast: Episode #6 is your last chance to win BIG prizes like a brand new video iPod with the Podcast Summer Giveaway
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
  • Featured Article: A Long Way Since the 'Solid Gold Dancers'
  • Jonathan at the Youth Specialties NYWC: Catch Jonathan teaching two workshops at either the San Diego or Atlanta National Youth Workers Conventions
  • New Podcast: Our EZINE takes a peek at episode #6 where Les Christie shares his own Seven Sins of Game Leading-and last episode to WIN BIG prizes like a brand new video iPod with the Podcast Summer Giveaway
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
  • Featured Article: "Outreach" that Actually Reaches Out
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
  • Featured Article: The Question that Gives you a Glimpse into Their World-and a TiVo reminder to check out the upcoming Teen Choice Awards & MTV Video Music Awards
  • Something You Can Use: New music clip discussion starter using "Sorry, Blame it on Me" from Akon
  • New Special Sermon Podcast: In this episode you have the opportunity to hear Jonathan preach to a congregation in Detroit, MI
  • Jonathan Training in Grand Rapids: On September 8th Jonathan is going to be doing an all day training workshop in Grand Rapids for youth workers
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
  • Featured New Resources: New movie clip discussion starters including "PIRATES OF THE CARRIBBEAN II"
  • Last Chance at the Podcast Summer Giveaway: The Summer is ending- last chance to WIN BIG prizes like a brand new video iPod with the Podcast Summer Giveaway- and a peek at current & upcoming podcasts
  • Get a free DVD with Jonathan's New Book Now: Order Jonathan's New Book "Getting Students to Show Up" from us right now and receive the FINAL COUNTDOWN Event Resource DVD FREE!
  • Jonathan Training in Northern California & Grand Rapids, MI: Check out two great training opportunities coming up in the next few weeks!
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
  • New Podcast: Our EZINE takes a peek at episode #4 where Jonathan and urban youth worker Fred Lynch tackle racial issues in ministry-and WIN BIG prizes like a brand new video iPod with the Podcast Summer Giveaway
  • Get a free DVD with Jonathan's New Book Now: Order Jonathan's New Book "Getting Students to Show Up" from us right now and receive the FINAL COUNTDOWN Event Resource DVD FREE!
  • Jonathan Training in Grand Rapids: On September 8th Jonathan is going to be doing an all day training workshop in Grand Rapids for youth workers
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
  • Featured New Resource: 'Hey There Delilah' Music Discussion including small group questions, a scripture passage and a wrap up
  • Inside Tips: YS Interviews Jonathan about How to Get Students to Show Up
  • Podcast Summer Giveaway: WIN BIG prizes like a brand new video iPod with the Podcast Summer Giveaway- and a peek at upcoming podcasts
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
  • New Resource: The "MUSIC DISCUSSIONS" page has just been launched on our web site
  • New Podcast: Our EZINE takes a sneak peak at episode #3 featuring Jonathan joined by Dare 2 Share's Greg Stier and Lane Palmer- and WIN BIG prizes like a brand new video iPod with the Podcast Summer Giveaway
  • Jonathan's New Book is Now In: Order Jonathan's New Book "Getting Students to Show Up" from us right now and receive the FINAL COUNTDOWN Event Resource DVD FREE!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
  • Featured Article: Is Hip Hop Really Dying? A Glimpse into the Music of Today's Youth Culture
  • Something You Can Use: Daughtry's "Coming Home" Music Discussion with Bible Passage, Small Group Questions and a Wrap Up
  • A Peek at the Free DVD: Check out the sample on our web site of the FINAL COUNTDOWN Event Resource DVD we're giving away FREE with the pre-order of Jonathan's new book 'Getting Students to Show Up!'
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
  • Something You Can Use: Top 10 Swimming Pool Ideas
  • Podcast Summer Giveaway: Episode #2 is here! Listen and get a chance to win a ton of great prizes including a Video iPod, a Gospel Journey DVD collection from Dare 2 Share, and Jonathan's new book and DVD.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
  • Youth Culture Window: Our Response to the MTV Movie Awards and Three Essential Practices for Your Youth Ministry
  • Outreach Magazine's Tamara Rice on Jonathan's New Book: Pre-order Jonathan's New Book "Getting Students to Show Up" from us Right Now and Receive the FINAL COUNTDOWN Event Resource DVD FREE!
  • Podcast Update: The Source for Youth Ministry FREE PodCast is Live and Pumping! Episode #2 is Coming Soon, Get Episode #1 Right Now
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
  • PODCAST: Twelve hours ago we just launched our first Podcast-and it's on iTunes right now, FREE, of course.
  • A FREE DVD: We just developed a fantastic "Countdown Video" DVD with three countdown videos for your programs or events...
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
  • Something You Can Use This Week: Bible Outreach Discussion based on Linkin Park's hot new music video "What I've Done"
  • Free Discipleship Guide with Second Edition of Jonathan's Book: Last chance to get a free Discipleship Guide with the purchase of the second edition of Jonathan's hit book "The Top 12 Resources Youth Workers Want"
  • Coming Next Month: The Source for Youth Ministry PodCast
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
  • Spiderman 3 Review and Resources: Check out Jonathan's 2 cents on the film and enjoy a free Bible study guide from Fuller Seminary's Craig Detweiler
  • Free Discipleship Guide with Second Edition of Jonathan's Book: This week get a free Discipleship Guide with the purchase of the second edition of Jonathan's hit book "The Top 12 Resources Youth Workers Want"
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
  • Featured Article: Making it Special for Graduates-Fun Ideas Youth Groups Can Do for Graduating Seniors and 8th Graders
  • Something You Can Use: "Blood Diamond" Movie Clip Discussion with Small Group Questions, Bible Passage and Wrap Up
  • Michigan Reaching Out to the Unchurched Teenager Training: Detroit Workshop is this Saturday, April 28th ... Register Now!
  • Jonathan Coming to Phoenix, AZ Area This June: Jonathan is coming to Phoenix this June and is available to speak for less than half of his normal cost
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
  • Featured Article: Advice from a Columbine Youth Pastor-How Youth Workers Should Respond to the Virginia Tech Shooting
  • Michigan Reaching Out to the Unchurched Teenager Training: Last Week to Register at the $10 Early Bird Rate for the April 28th Detroit Workshop
  • Jonathan Coming to Phoenix, AZ Area This June: Jonathan is coming to Phoenix this June and is available to speak for less than half of his normal cost
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
  • Featured Article: Dare 2 Share's Lane Palmer interviews Fred and Jonathan about youth culture today
  • Last Chance to Win a DVD for Your Ideas: This is the last week to send us your ideas for our upcoming article "Graduation Send-off Ideas"... entering to possibly win a DVD of the new movie "Charlotte's Web"
  • Reaching Out to the Unchurched Teenager Training: Only 10 Days Left to Register at the $10 Early Bird Rate for the Detroit Workshop on April 28th
  • Jonathan Coming to Phoenix, AZ Area This June: Jonathan is coming to Phoenix this June and is available to speak for less than half of his normal cost
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
  • A New Easter Movie Clip Discussion Idea: Check out this new Movie Clip Discussion idea from the movie "Hart's War"
  • Rewarding You for Your Ideas: Send us your ideas for our upcoming article "Graduation Send-off Ideas"... and you could win a Charlotte's Web DVD
  • Movie Reviews: Hear from Jonathan and Todd about MEET THE ROBINSONS in the theatres, ROCKY BALBOA for rent... and a few others
  • Reaching Out to the Unchurched Teenager Training: Coming to Detroit, Michigan on April 28th
  • Jonathan Coming to Phoenix, AZ Area This June: Jonathan is coming to Phoenix this June and is available to speak for less than half of his normal cost
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
  • Two Discussions from Jonathan's Popular New Book: Try out these two discussions from Jonathan and Fred's new discussion starter book using questions about current slanguage
  • Easter Resources and Ideas: Check out complete talks, activities, and Movie Clip Discussions
  • Movie Reviews: Jonathan and Todd banter back and forth about THE ULTIMATE GIFT in the theatres and THE PRESTIGE for rent. They also individually review ERAGON, CASINO ROYALE, 300, ZODIAC and WILD HOGS
  • Reaching Out to the Unchurched Teenager Training: Coming to Detroit, Michigan on April 28th
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
  • Something You Can Use This Week: A Beautiful Mind MOVIE CLIP DISCUSSION, Including Small Group Questions, Bible Passage, and a Wrap Up
  • Featured Book: Jonathan and Fred's new discussion starter book using questions about current slanguage
  • Movie Reviews: Jonathan and Todd banter about THE DEPARTED, Todd reviews STRANGER THAN FICTION and Jonathan's nine-year-old reviews FLUSHED AWAY
  • Reaching Out to the Unchurched Teenager Training: Last week to get the early bird rate of just $10 for the Eastern PA training on Saturday March 17th ... coming April 28th: Detroit, Michigan training
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
  • Featured Article: Keeping Up With Youth Culture and the Language Kids Use
  • Something You Can Use This Week: Battle of the Generations-from our totally revamped Games & Icebreakers page
  • Reaching Out to the Unchurched Teenager Training: Looking for a training seminar for your volunteers? THE SOURCE is bringing this training to Eastern Pennsylvania and Detroit, Michigan.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
  • A Valentine's Video Clip Idea You Can Use: "Shaolin Soccer" Video Clip Idea, Including Small Group Questions, Bible Passage, and a Wrap Up Talk
  • More Valentine's Day Resources and Ideas: Games, Skits, Discussion Starters, Curriculum, other Video Clip Ideas... and more!
  • Coming Soon: "What's a Fo' Sheezy?" Jonathan McKee and Fred Lynch's New Book on SLANGUAGE is Almost Here
  • Speakers Booking Up Fast: Are you booking speakers for 2007? Jonathan's calendar is already half full for 2007. He still has dates open, book him now!
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
  • Something You Can Use This Weekend: A Ready-made Super Bowl Party
  • A Competition for Your Super Bowl Party: The Super Bowl Quiz... A Football-knowledge Quiz For All!
  • What's New: Week Three of "Gridiron Gang" Video Clip Ideas, Including Small Group Questions, Bible Passage, and Wrap Up Talks
  • Coming Soon: "What's a Fo' Sheezy?" Jonathan McKee and Fred Lynch's New Book on SLANGUAGE is Almost Here
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
  • Something You Can Use: Super Bowl Party Ideas and a Little About our Upcoming Super Bowl Quiz - a Fun Competition that You Can Use at Your Event!
  • What's New This Week: Week Two of "Gridiron Gang" Video Clip Ideas, Including Small Group Questions, Bible Passage, and Wrap Up Talks
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
  • Something You Can Use this Week: Three Weeks of "Gridiron Gang" Video Clip Ideas, including small group questions, Bible passage, and wrap up talks
  • Featured Article: The Games We Play... and the Consequences We Never Saw: Woman Dies from Water Drinking Game
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
  • Resources for the New Year: Great ideas for the beginning of the year like our "Future" and "Legacy" discussions, even more Video Clip Ideas...
  • Upcoming Resources: What's coming to the site and in print in 2007
  • Movie Reviews: Jonathan's "2 Cents" on Thr3e, and Eragon