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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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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
  • Featured: Using Movies in Ministry — Another YouTube Video in Our FOUR MINUTES Series
  • What's On Jonathan's Blog: A Peek into Jonathan's Blog—a regular dose of youth ministry, parenting help, and youth culture...
  • Special Podcast: Jonathan and Todd deliver a Special Movie Review Podcast where they discuss their favorite films from 2008, their favorite movie clip discussion starters, their favorite films ever...
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
  • Featured: Christmas Shopping Tips for Clueless Husbands— The Newest Video on Our YouTube Page - Top 10 Christmas Gifts NOT to Get Your Wife!
  • Something You Can Use This Week: More Christmas Ideas
  • Special Podcast Coming This Weekend: Jonathan and Todd deliver a Special Movie Review Podcast where they discuss their favorite films from 2008, their favorite movie clip discussion starters, their favorite films ever...
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
  • Featured Discussion Starter: Christmas Unnoticed— a Christmas Discussion Starter You Can Use This Week (With Small Group Questions)
  • Youth Culture Window: What Teens Will Be Watching This Tuesday- MTV's New "Double Shot" at Lust... er.... I mean... Love
  • The Source Podcast: Why the Gospel Shouldn't Be Eliminated by Social Justice— a Conversation with Greg Stier
  • Holiday Book Deal: How about giving one of Jonathan's books to your volunteers for Christmas? Get a Free Book & Free U.S. Shipping on All Six Pack Book Orders
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
  • Featured: Why the Gospel Shouldn't Be Eliminated by Social Justice— a Conversation with Greg Stier
  • Something You Can Use This Week: Hamster Knockout
  • New "Four Minutes" Video: Jonathan Wakes Up Marko
  • Holiday Book Deal: A Great Opportunity for Gifts for Your Volunteers! Get a Free Book & Free U.S. Shipping on All Six Pack Book Orders
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
  • Featured: A Thanksgiving Talk— God, Thank You for All My Stuff!
  • Jonathan's Blog: Why We Need Change in Youth Ministry
  • Holiday Book Deal: A Great Opportunity for Gifts for Your Volunteers! Get a Free Book & Free U.S. Shipping on All Six Pack Book Orders
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
  • Featured: A Peek into Jonathan's Blog—a regular dose of youth ministry, parenting help, and youth culture...
  • Youth Culture Window: I'm in Love with a Vampire—The Subtle Messages of Twilight
  • New Podcast: Why We Need Change in Youth Ministry—a Conversation with Marko about Youth Ministry 3.0
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
  • Featured: A Peek into Jonathan's Blog—a regular dose of youth ministry, parenting help, and youth culture...
  • Youth Culture Window: I'm in Love with a Vampire—The Subtle Messages of Twilight
  • New Podcast: Why We Need Change in Youth Ministry—a Conversation with Marko about Youth Ministry 3.0
  • Coming from Us to YouTube: FOUR MINUTES OF MINISTRY is coming soon...
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
  • Featured Article: When the Ministry Budget isn't Big Enough...
  • Youth Culture Window: TTYL, Mom and Dad
  • Coming from Us to YouTube: FOUR MINUTES OF MINISTRY is coming soon...
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
  • Featured: "Using a Frightening Movie to Talk About Evidence for God—M. Night's "The Happening" With Mark Wahlberg
  • Coming from Us to YouTube: FOUR MINUTES OF MINISTRY is coming soon...
  • New Podcast: Jonathan and Brandon Bring You A Brand New Podcast of Their Second Annual—Road Trip
  • Training Opportunities: Jonathan at the YS NYWC in Pittsburgh This Weekend
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
  • New Podcast: Jonathan and Brandon Bring You A Brand New Podcast of Their Second Annual—Road Trip
  • Something New For This Week: Using T.I.'s Chartbusting Song "Whatever You Like" to Talk About Materialism/Greed
  • Halloween Ideas: Looking for something to do for Halloween? How About a Death Trip?
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
  • Featured Article: I'll Have a Life... With a Side of Youth Ministry—Advice for Part Time and Volunteer Youth Workers
  • Free Magazine: "The Journal of Student Ministries" is Giving THE SOURCE EZINE Subscribers Six Months of Their Magazine Free... No Strings Attached
  • Something You Can Use This Week: "Spider Web" Team Builder
  • Training Opportunities: Jonathan Might be Training in a City Near You
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
  • Youth Culture Window: The Top 10 Musical Artists That Capture Our Kids' Attention
  • Featured: Texas Youth Worker Wins THE SOURCE iPhone Contest for His Feedback about Jonathan's New Book!
  • Jonathan at Youth Specialties This Week: Find Jonathan Thursday Night... and get a free book! Hear Jonathan's Two Brand New Workshops
  • Training Opportunities: Jonathan Might be Training in a City Near You This Month
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
  • Featured: Using Pink's #1 Song and Music Video "So What" to Talk About Reacting to Hurt
  • Youth Culture Window: MTV's Brand New Dr. Drew Show, "Sex... With Mom and Dad"
  • Movie Reviews: Jonathan and Todd review some new Theatrical releases and rentals like Eagle Eye, Ironman, The Love Guru, Baby Mama...
  • Last Day to Win an iPhone: Look at some of the feedback we've received so far from the Source iPhone Contest- Where your "two cents" could be worth a new iPhone!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
  • Featured Resource: Logistical Stuff You Don't Have to Create from Scratch... Because We Already Did it for You!
  • Last Week to Win an iPhone: Look at some of the feedback we've received so far from the Source iPhone Contest- Where your "two cents" could be worth a new iPhone
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
  • Featured: September is Your Last Chance- The Source iPhone Contest
  • Spiritual Growth Highlight: Two New Podcasts talking about spiritual life AFTER summer camp-one podcast for kids, one for youth leaders
  • Training Opportunities: Jonathan will be training this weekend in Michigan, and in the weeks to follow, in Denver, Sacramento and Pittsburgh
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
  • Featured: Two New Podcasts talking about spiritual life AFTER summer camp-one podcast for kids, one for youth leaders
  • Youth Culture Window: The MTV Video Music Awards-The Night Belonged to Brittany, Li'l Wayne... and God?
  • Training Opportunities: Jonathan will be training this weekend near Toronto, and in the next seven weeks in Michigan, Denver, Sacramento and Pittsburgh
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
  • Featured Article: Youth Culture Barometer This Week
  • Something You Can Use: A Talk/Message You Can Use for Your Fall Kickoff-"A New Beginning"
  • Win an iPhone: September is the last month for the Source iPhone Contest- Where your "two cents" could be worth a new iPhone
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
  • Featured Resource: A Talk/Message You Can Use for Your Fall Kickoff-"A New Beginning"
  • International Focus: The Source's David R. Smith is Coming to South Africa and Would Love to Visit Your Ministry
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
  • Featured: Training You to Keep Their Attention-Jonathan Teaches Youth Workers How to Speak to a Generation with a Short Attention Span
  • International Focus: The Source's David R. Smith is Coming to South Africa and Would Love to Visit Your Ministry
  • The Source Podcast: The highly anticipated PART II of the two part outreach series: High Impact Outreach Ministry
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
  • Featured: Jonathan Needs Your Stories
  • Jonathan's Blog: Reflecting On Last Week's Teen Choice Awards
  • Something You Can Use: New Music Discussion Using Nickelback
  • The Source Podcast: The highly anticipated PART II of the two part outreach series: High Impact Outreach Ministry
Tuesday, August 6, 2008
  • Featured Article: The 2008 Teen Choice Awards- A Porthole into Their World
  • The Source Podcast: The highly anticipated PART II of the two part outreach series: High Impact Outreach Ministry
  • Win an iPhone: The Source iPhone Contest- Where your "two cents" could be worth a new iPhone
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
  • Featured: New Podcast Episode... the highly anticipated PART II of the two part outreach series: High Impact Outreach Ministry
  • Youth Culture Window: And the Winner Is... The 2008 Teen Choice Awards Preview
  • Win an iPhone: The Source iPhone Contest- Where your "two cents" could be worth a new iPhone
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
  • Featured: The Source iPhone Contest- Where your "two cents" could be worth a new iPhone
  • Youth Culture Window: Promise Rings or Promiscuity- The New TV Show for Teens Has Both
  • Movie Reviews: Jonathan and Todd Banter About The Dark Knight
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
  • Youth Culture Window: The Hottest Virtual Teenage Hangout... A Little Too Hot
  • Something New: Special New Podcast Episode-High Impact Outreach Ministry
  • In Two Weeks: Jonathan's Collection of 10-Minute Talks in Print-With Free Supplemental CD-Available for Pre-order Now
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
  • Featured Article: Jonathan's Collection of 10-Minute Talks
  • Youth Culture Window: WhatAreTheyReallyDoing dot com, An Inside Look At the Online Lives of Teens
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
  • Featured: Top 10 Summer Pool Ideas
  • Youth Culture Window: Usher Takes a Stand... or at least... Does It Standing Up
  • Podcast: Jonathan tackles student leadership in this brand new podcast episode where two high school students share amazing insight...
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
  • Youth Culture Window: The Class of 2008: Does Their Collegiate Future Affect Their Faith?
  • Podcast: Jonathan tackles student leadership in this brand new podcast episode where two high school students share amazing insight...
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
  • Youth Culture Window: No Limits: A Glimpse of Pop Culture through the Lens of the MTV Movie Awards
  • Featured: Jonathan tackles student leadership in this brand new podcast episode where two high school students share amazing insight...
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
  • Featured: MTV Reflecting & Regulating Pop Culture-Get Ready for a Glimpse This Weekend
  • Jonathan's Blog: She Kissed a Girl and She Liked It
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
  • Featured: Are You Ready for Special Needs Kids?
  • Something You Can Use: A new Music Discussion about 'searching for fulfillment' using the new hit song Hollywood's Not America
  • Podcast: Take a glimpse at this small excerpt of our special "Narnia" episode where Jonathan and Furby interview C.S. Lewis' stepson Douglas Gresham
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
  • Featured: a special "Narnia" episode of our podcast where Jonathan and Furby Interview C.S. Lewis' Stepson Douglas Gresham
  • Something You Can Use: Puzzle Piece Invite
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
  • Featured: Jonathan's Book Awarded Youth Outreach Resource of the Year
  • Something You Can Use: Make Your Talks Interactive...How?
  • Coming Soon: Next week get ready for a special "Narnia" episode of our podcast where Jonathan Interviews C.S. Lewis' Stepson Douglas Gresham
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
  • Featured: Making it Special for Graduates
  • Something You Can Use This Week: Learning from Miley's Decisions
  • THE SOURCE Podcast: Episode #14- Jonathan Shares the SEVEN SINS OF TRYING TO UNDERSTAND OUR YOUTH CULTURE
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
  • Featured: The Journal Gives Jonathan's Getting Students to Show Up Two Thumbs Up
  • Something You Can Use This Week: Horton Hears a Who! Movie Clip Discussion Idea With an Online Clip
  • What's New: Podcast #14- Jonathan Shares the SEVEN SINS OF TRYING TO UNDERSTAND OUR YOUTH CULTURE
  • Movie Review: The New Movie Expelled Blows the Horn on Suppression
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
  • Featured: You heard the report that "1 in 4 teenage girls has an STD." Who's to Blame?-The Media? Abstinence-education? Parents? Elvis?
  • What's New: A New Movie Clip Discussion Using an Online Clip from the New Movie Expelled
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
  • Featured: Combating the Lies about Life's Origin-Get Prepared for the New Ben Stein Movie "Expelled" with this Free Resource DVD, Leaders Discussion Guide, Movie Promotional Materials, etc.
  • Jonathan's Blog: The Message of the New #1 Song, Video and Ringtone that Kids Are Downloading
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
  • Featured: Were the "Kids Choice Awards" Winners Actually... Clean? Jonathan Shares His 2 Cents and Asks for Yours
  • What's New: Is God Too Busy for Us? Does He Care? A New Music Discussion Using the Song, "Is God Too Busy"
  • The Source Podcast: Jonathan and David Come Together From Each Coast for a Podcast with Youth Culture, Small Group Helps, and Answers to Your Questions...
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
  • Featured: How Do You Tell Your Kids, "Put away your cell phones!"
  • Youth Culture Window: I Don't Like Me: Girls' Low Self-esteem Has Dangerous Side Effects
  • What's New: Jonathan and David come together from each coast for a podcast with youth culture, small group helps, answers to your questions...
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
  • Something You Can Use: New Easter Movie Clip Discussion
  • What's New: New Movie Reviews
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
  • Featured: Easter Resources Galore!
  • Youth Culture Window: 'Do the Lyrics Really Affect Me' Survey Results
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
  • Featured: A Li'l Bit of Scripture in Your Teenagers' Ears: A New Podcast Just for Teenagers
  • Something You Can Use: A Music Discussion Using Timbaland's Apologize
  • The Source Podcast: Dan Kimball Talks About the Issue of Homosexuality in Episode #12 of The Source Podcast, in THE SEVEN SINS of Preparing Today's Youth for Life After High School
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
  • Featured: A Li'l Bit of Scripture in Your Teenagers' Ears: A New Podcast Just for Teenagers
  • What's New: Dan Kimball Talks About the Issue of Homosexuality in Episode #12 of The Source Podcast, in THE SEVEN SINS of Preparing Today's Youth for Life After High School
  • Youth Culture: Time to "Bully" Once Again -Another Youth Culture Update from Jonathan's Blog
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
  • Featured: A Regular Dose of Youth Ministry Help from Jonathan's Blog
  • New Movie Reviews: Spiderwick, Jumper, American Gangster, Michael Clayton, Martian Child...
  • Coming Soon: Just a Li'l
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
  • Featured: You Mean... the Lyrics DO Affect Me?
  • New Podcast: The Role of Women in Youth Ministry
  • Coming Soon: Just a Li'l Bit
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
  • Featured: What Do Your Kids Really Think? Find Out What One Youth Worker Found Out From His Kids About Listening to Lyrics!
  • New Podcast: Jonathan, Brandon and GROUP's Danette Matty Talk About the Role of Women in Youth Ministry
  • Something You Can Use: Free Valentine's Resources Galore!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
  • Featured: Our Annual Super Bowl Quiz and "Ready-Made" Super Bowl Party
  • What's New: Jonathan's Blog Provides Youth Workers With a Regular Dose of Youth Culture, Ideas and a Typical Dose of Jonathan's Humor
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
  • Featured Article: What Should My Work Week Look Like? A Week in the Life of a Youth Pastor
  • What's Current: NFL Cracking Down on Churches Showing the Super Bowl on the Big Screen
  • Jonathan Provides Free Training This Saturday: Engaging One-on-one Relationships in a World of Isolation-Jonathan Launches this Brand New Training for FREE in Sacramento this Saturday
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
  • Featured Article: Pointing to Jesus... on Purpose: Three Broad Categories of Outreach Events
  • What's New: Looking for Outreach Ideas? Try Our Brand New Outreach Event Ideas Page!
  • New Podcast: Hear from Duffy Robbins, Jonathan, and the Whole Crew about Speaking to Teenagers
  • Coming Soon: A Ready-made Super Bowl Party Quiz
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
  • Featured: The Source Provides Even More Free Resources at Your Fingertips
  • Youth Culture Window: You Had Me at Hello-Capitalizing on Teenagers' Preferences for Communication
  • Planning Ahead: A Ready-made Super Bowl Party
  • Training Tools for Your Leaders: Start the New Year Right by Equipping Your Leaders
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
  • Movie Madness: Jonathan and Todd have gone movie mad during Christmas break with a bunch of new movie reviews and a Special Movie Review podcast episode about movies of 2007, movies as discussion starters, movies you can actually show at youth group this year, and more.
  • Training Tools for Your Leaders: Start the New Year right by equipping your leaders









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