Monthly Archives: August 2019

2019 kids grounded back to the 80’s

California Court Overturns Gun Conviction Against Illegal Immigrant In Kate Steinle Case

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a California Appeals court has overturned the gun conviction against the illegal immigrant who killed the young American woman, Kate Steinle, in 2015. Jose Inez Garcia Zarate had already been acquitted of murder charges in 2017 related to the case after the court ruled his actions as an accident. )

CULTURE Msg to parents: Don’t let secular schools unravel all your effort

A noted expert on youth and the influence of education on a person’s worldview is urging parents to send their college-bound children to a Christian school.

As OneNewsNow reported earlier this week, a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey reveals that Millennials, GenXers and GenZ don’t value God, family, or country as much as the older set. Dr. Alex McFarland of Truth for a New Generation cites other conservative voices who, like him, believe that the shift most often happens when the students go off to college.

Ben Shapiro [in his book Brainwashed] said college in America has become a four-year attack on America and God,” McFarland told an American Family Radio audience. “[Christian apologist Dr.] Ravi Zacharias said college is four years and $100,000 to learn that you can’t know anything.”

Read Alex McFarland’s column:
Higher Education: ‘A Four-Year Attack on America and God’

A time to celebrate & a time to mourn

America is being called to prayer Saturday for the impact of abortion, especially on the minority community.

Several notable events have occurred this week – the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous “I have a dream speech” in 1963; the release of a report “Black and Brown Americans in Search of the American Dream,” which, in part, decries the decimation of the black and brown population through abortion; and the 2019 National Day of Mourning.


Dr. Alveda King of Civil Rights for the Unborn tells OneNewsNow that the latter event began with stops in Virginia and North Carolina and then traveled to Atlanta, where a caravan was launched for the final Saturday event. (See earlier story: “Mourning a great loss”)

( Read the whole  story.)


Television icon Valerie Harper, best known as wise-cracking Rhoda on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” has died after a long bout with cancer, her family confirmed on Friday. She was 80 years old.

Harper, a native of Suffern, N.Y., began her career as a dancer at Radio City Music Hall, then transitioned into theater and improv comedy before ultimately rising to stardom as Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” earning her a Golden Globe and four Emmys.


She got her own spinoff, titled “Rhoda,” from 1974 to 1978, then starred in her own sitcom, “Valerie,” from 1986 to 1987. She appeared regularly on television for more than 30 years, as well as in a dozen films.

Harper, who beat lung cancer in 2009, was diagnosed with a form of brain cancercalled leptomeningeal carcinomatosis in 2013. The disease is incurable, and Harper was reportedly told at the time she would only have months to live. However, she survived for six years thanks to her medical care.


(Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ ‘Rhoda’ star Valerie Harper dead at 80 )

Women Pastors

The Rev. Debra McKnight’s journey to the altar hasn’t been without obstacles. The freedom to live out her calling as a pastor came on the heels of immense testing, resistance to conformity, persistent theological reflection, and the pursuit of God’s will.

McKnight, a 42-year-old mother, is the founding pastor of Urban Abbey in the Old Market, which started as a satellite of the First United Methodist Church but became independent nearly four years ago. With the motto “coffee, cause, communion,” Urban Abbey will celebrate its eight-year anniversary in November.

McKnight describes Urban Abbey as a coffee shop, bookstore, and church. They sell fair-trade coffee, books, jewelry, and other gifts, and the shop area is cleared for Sunday church services. She says Urban Abbey’s uniqueness often creates atypical opportunities such as her own. 


McKnight was reared in Plattsmouth by God-fearing Methodist parents who served in their community in a variety of ways, from Rotary Club to Plattsmouth Community Schools’ board of education. Debra was in seventh grade when she was struck with the idea of becoming a pastor. “Faith is more than just church,” she explains. “Church was a nurturing place for me.”

   Ministering was an idea that came to her in stages. As a teenager, McKnight’s passion was the environment, and she started an ecology club at the Methodist church in Plattsmouth to encourage parishioners to think green. Environmentalism was such a passion, in fact, that she went to college with the idea of majoring in the subject.

She also took women’s studies and American history courses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the late 1990s, which she says “opened her to seeing the larger fabric” of society and social inequality.

Her faith aligned with her blossoming ideals. The Methodist church has always been concerned with social justice—early Methodists expressed their opposition to societal ills such as slavery, smuggling, inhumane prison conditions, alcohol abuse, and child labor. The church gave her a platform to help others, and she tried to broaden conservative views on gender roles, race relations, and other non-normative lifestyles. Along the way, she developed a strong desire to participate in church leadership, but she was met with opposition when she expressed interest in becoming a female pastor. 

“I don’t think I encountered a sense that women weren’t equal until I decided to pursue being a pastor,” McKnight says.

The Methodist church has seen women in the clergy since 1761, but to this day, 70 to 75 percent of clergy people are men. There is still a stigma being a female pastor, says the Rev. Jill Sander-Chali of College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas. McKnight met this longtime friend at Perkins School of Theology. “I went into the seminary not as aware of obstacles that women in the ministry faced,” Sander-Chali says.

(  Billy’s  thoughts I can not speak for the Methodist church and I believe women should be able to use their gifts in the church. But no way as the Bible teaches should they be over men. Read  the full  article  from  above. ) 

Not A Happy Ending

Story hour at the public library used to be a great event for children, but not so much lately.  Janet Parshall will tell you more in this week’s commentary.



Mormonism will use the Bible but

Will you be ready when it is time

LGBTQ Organizations

Kerby Anderson Most of us are aware that various LGBTQ organizations are working to change culture, but the influence may be even more profound than you might think. Dennis Prager provides five examples of what these organizations are doing to society. First, these organizations are dismantling women’s sports. He begins by talking about the Pacific Games where a man who identifies as a woman took two gold medals and a silver medal in three weightlifting categories. Then he mentions the…

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