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Put Your Phone Away... Mom!
by Jonathan McKee

The number one complaint I hear from parents today: “My kid can’t go five minutes without looking at her stupid phone!”

This isn’t surprising in a world where about three quarters of teens now have smartphones and are mobile internet users. How can a 16-year-old with 387 Instagram followers possibly go an entire dinner without their phone buzzing at least once?

And when a phone beckons, we must answer, right?

JONATHAN'S BLOG: My Favorite Easter Clip
Easter is just around the corner... some of you are still preparing lessons or discussions, or even looking for ways to engage in meaningful conversations with our kids about the amazing sacrifice Jesus paid for us.

Year after year I return to this clip from the Academy Award winning movie Ben Hur.

I love the mystery and power of Jesus they created in this scene:

(Click here if you can't see the embedded HD YouTube Clip)

Here is some scripture and discussion questions to help you unpack this scene as well.

And here's another one, from Spielberg's heart wrenching film, Amistad. Here's the clip, scripture and discussion questions.
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