Author Archives: Billy David Dickson

Billy is a writer , Bible college student, radio show host, and youth worker. He has worked with young people for over ten years. His work includes teaching children youth in Bible studies, and Sunday School classes.
He currently does a radio show everyday at 6:19 E.T. on KCRO radio 660 A.M. in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Dan Proft: Kendrick Castillo: Real Man

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Castillo is the young man who bum-rushed one of the shooters who opened fire on their Colorado charter school and their 1800 classmates.

Kendrick Castillo took a bullet in the chest and laid down his life to save the lives of an incalculable number of others.

“I wish he had gone and hid, but that’s not his character,” said Castillo’s father. But, he went on, “His character is about protecting people, helping people.”

I wish we could bottle and sell whatever it was Kendrick Castillo’s parents did to raise such a courageous young man.

( Read the full commentary http://townhallreview.com/2019/05/dan-proft-kendrick-castillo-real-man/ )

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Praying for Howard Stern by: Bill Brown

Almost four years ago, five-year old Heavenly Joy Jerkins blew away the audience and judges of America’s Got Talent with her rendition of “In Summer” from the movie Frozen. Howard Stern, one of the celebrity judges, shook his head in wonder at her vocal range and infectious personality. “I think Shirley Temple is living somewhere inside of you,” he told her. Heavenly responded quickly, “Not Shirley Temple. Jesus!”

 

“There you go. Now you’re talking,” Stern said as the crowd responded with thunderous applause.  Watch it here.

Many Christians regard Howard Stern as the epitome of debauchery, but there is much more to see. And I have been praying for him for over twenty years.

Even though Stern is listed among “celebrity atheists,” it seems God keeps showing up in his life. Fifteen years ago, Stern admittedon his show he had picked up the Bible and started reading. He was surprised at how easily the Bible read. He wondered aloud if his resonance with the Bible was an indication he must believe in God. Co-host Robin Quivers noted she thought it was silly some people turn to God at the end of their lives and start praying for forgiveness. Stern divulged he was not waiting until the end; he prays to God even if he has a cold.

A 2017 diagnosis of cancer shook him deeply. He found himself terrified, facing death. The experience gave him a different lens to view his life. His celebrity trajectory fooled him into thinking he was doing everything right – including being a husband and father.

So, what is next for Howard Stern? He has signaled he may be finished with his radio program when his contract is up next year. He has a book coming out this month.

But it seems gloomy moving ahead under a cloud of regrets from past missteps.

Maybe his future will be more shaped by reading the Bible, praying when he has a cold, and a little girl named Heavenly Joy who has Jesus in her heart.

That’s my prayer.

( Read the full column here.)

BreakPoint: CNN’s “Redemption Project” Grace, Compassion, and Forgiveness by: John Stonestreet & David Carlson

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What is Restorative Justice?

“Restorative justice seeks to heal the harm caused by crime. Instead of focusing on retribution, it focuses on rehabilitation. At its core, it is a process that offers both victims and those who caused harm an opportunity to seek answers and accountability to begin to repair the damage caused by crime.”

You might be thinking that I just read a passage from one of Chuck Colson’s books. Chuck devoted many years to promoting this biblically based approach to justice.

But that description of restorative justice, believe it or not, comes from CNN.com, specifically from a promo page for a new series called “The Redemption Project.” In each episode, survivors of violent crime or the deceased victims’ loved ones come face to face with the very people who victimized them.

The Redemption Project is the brainchild of CNN commentator Van Jones, who hosts the series. You most likely know Jones as a very left-of center social justice warrior. But, before you switch off the radio, you should know that Jones was raised in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and, having “briefly turned away” from Christianity, has once again embraced his faith.

Jones launched this new series in response to our increasingly toxic culture. As he explained in one interview, “I feel we are losing the capacity as a culture for grace, compassion, and forgiveness.”  So he set out to film a series that depicts grace, compassion, and forgiveness in the most unlikely and trying of circumstances.

Take the case of Mariah Lucas. When she was just 15 months old, Jason Wayne Clark murdered her mother in cold blood, stabbing her to death as she sat in her car. Mariah’s family never recovered. Her dad fell apart and eventually ended up in prison himself.

When Mariah married and had children of her own, she realized something was missing in her life. “I had questions about my mom’s murder, I needed to reach out to this man who killed my mom 23 years ago.”

So she wrote Clark a letter, which he received shortly before he was paroled after serving 23 years in prison.

She asked if she could meet him. “It was like a slug to the chest,” Clark said. “She told me about her life . . .. it’s what we call the cycle of violence. I went through a cycle of violence. And my actions started another cycle of violence that she had to live through. She was the one who broke that cycle of violence.”

Their meeting, to say the least, is compelling television. But it’s not suitable for young children. The crimes discussed are heinous. There are ample references to drug abuse, and rare but raw profanity. The damage inflicted on these peoples’ lives is horrific. At times, it’s a struggle to have any empathy at all with the offenders, much less remember that they are made in the image of God who still loves them with an incalculable love.

But that’s where “the grace, compassion, and forgiveness” part of the series comes in, and is so remarkable. Listen to how Jones described the meetings he facilitated and witnessed, “Nine times out of ten in this series, peoples’ faith was a big factor, on both sides.”

I’m not surprised at all, and I wish “The Redemption Project” offered us more about the faith lives of the offenders and the victims. Hearing the occasional mention of God or a prayer is fine, but there’s obviously much more to the faith aspect of these stories than we see in the series.

Still, this series by CNN and Van Jones helps to refocus reform on victim-offender dialogue. And what an opportunity it provides to believers to have conversations about grace, forgiveness, and justice—all three of which are only fully realized in Jesus Christ.

Come to BreakPoint.org and click on this commentary. I’ll link you to CNN’s “Redemption Project,” as well as to Prison Fellowship’s work for restorative justice.

 

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Doris Day dies at 97

Doris Day, the beloved singer and big-screen darling of the mid-20th century, has died. She was 97.

The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Day died at her Carmel Valley, Calif., home. “Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death,” the foundation said in an emailed statement.

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Imagine a deadly school shooting just weeks after the 20th anniversary of Columbine where the media quickly lose interest in it.

You would think you were living in an alternate universe, no?

 

Watching the corporate media today, though, or even yesterday, you might not know that on Tuesday afternoon, a mere three days ago, at the STEM School Highlands Ranch, what should have been the makings of a sustained perfect media storm unfolded.

Just as we saw at Columbine, there were two alleged mass shooters who shot up a school just minutes away from Columbine.

One student, who is being hailed as a hero, Kendrick Castillo, was killed; eight others were wounded; and the two suspected shooters, Devon Erickson (18) and Maya McKinney (16), are still alive! That means upcoming court appearances, trials, attorney interviews, interviews with parents and maybe even the suspects themselves.

This is what our media would normally call a Narrative Bonanza, the kind of story that hooks viewers and keeps them tuning in to see how it all ends.

And through the years, as we have seen over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over, every single school shooting has been perfect grist for a 24/7 cable exploitation-mill.

So where are they?

Where are the media?

Where’s the 24/7 firehose of experts, the parade of talking heads culled from law enforcement, legal, and psychiatric retirement homes? Where are Jake Tapper’s town halls where not even a rape victim is safe? Where’s the MSNBC freakout over The Children and all those Guns in America?

It’s already gone.

*poof*

Vanished.

So-long-I-metcha…

How is this possible…?

Oh.

Of course.

There’s no political upside for the media this time.

I mean, this is only a school shooting; it’s not like a kid in a Make America Great Again hat smirked at a member of the protected class.

You see, what we have here is a school shooting that is politically inconvenient to our unbiased, objective, not-at-all left-wing media.

And if a story, any story, is politically inconvenient — if our unbiased, objective, not-at-all left-wing media cannot further a preferred narrative through the coverage of even what amounts to a Columbine Part II — this very same unbiased, objective, not-at-all left-wing media are going to move on as quickly as possible.

Oh, yes, there are countless reasons our corrupt media see this story as toxic.

To begin with, according to various news reports, Maya McKinney is the most inconvenient suspected school shooter of them all, a trans activist, a biological girl who says she is transitioning into a boy.

And Devon Erickson, well, he is real bad news for a media who have spent years demonizing traditional Christians and right-of-center Americans as Nazis because Erickson appears to have taken all that hate to heart. According to reports, Devon is a registered Democrat who hates President Trump, loves Barack Obama, and has used social media to express his hatred of Christians.

A two-year-old Facebook post of his reads, “You know what I hate? All these Christians who hate gays, yet in the bible, it says in Deuteronomy 17:12-13, if someone doesn’t do what their priest tells them to do, they are supposed to die. It has plenty of crazy stuff like that. But all they get out of it is ‘ewwwwww gays.’”

Sure sounds like someone’s been getting his religious training from CNN, amiright?

Overall, this represents a potentially troublesome thread the media do not want to pull on, especially with the news that “the motive of the alleged shooters went beyond bullying and involved revenge and anger towards others at the school.”

“Revenge” and “anger” towards whom exactly?

We’ll probably never know because the media are terrified of what the answer might be.

What’s more, CBS News producer John Fenton reports that Erickson’s car had “666,” what looks like a pentagram, and “fuck society” spray painted on it — so not exactly the Rebel Flag-waving evangelical gun nut in a MAGA cap the media are hoping for.

What about gun control, though?

Where’s the media’s ten-day gun control tantrum?

Well, once again, all the news is politically inconvenient.

To begin with, according to early media reports, both suspects have mental health issues, and the media do not like to talk about mental health because it gets in the way of their fantasy where the federal government kicks in the doors of law-abiding citizens to “buy back” our firearms — you know, for our own good.

Worse still, according to local reports, the weapons used in the shooting were stolen from a locked gun cabinet.

But-but-but what about exploiting the survivors, those young minds that can be twisted into camera Hoggs that perfectly repeat the media’s anti-Second Amendment talking points?

Surely there’s some narrative gold in them thar hills?

(  https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2019/05/10/media-quickly-lost-interest-politically-inconvenient-school-shooting/?fbclid=IwAR2WDMgXXLH15_X_1IkU4xfBgcARmS70jGCBJrBoP3_1XREFzDs4GyxnFR0 )

 

 

The Point: Samoan Missionaries and Big-Time Football

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High school quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei is the most coveted football recruit in the high school class of 2020. He’s been compared to Cam Newton and Roger Clemens.

We don’t usually talk much college football recruiting at the Colson Center, but I’m making an exception in this case, for two reasons.

First is why D.J. chose Clemson. He cited, and I quote, the “spiritual connection” he felt with the Clemson coaching staff.

His first visit to Clemson, as he told 247Sports, was “the first visit I’ve been on where I heard so many coaches talking openly about Jesus and that’s big for me . . . You can really feel the presence of God in that place.”

The second reason is that Uiagalelei, like Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, is of Samoan descent. And like so many other great Samoan players, he is an outspoken Christian.

I’ve pointed out previously on BreakPoint the impact of 19thcentury missionaries on Samoan society and culture. It continues to be felt today. Especially on the gridiron.

 

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Five-star QB DJ Uiagalelei commits to Clemson 

  • Greg Biggins | 247Sports.com | May 5, 2019

Paul McHugh has questions to do with sex reassignment surgery

 

Penna Dexter The Wall Street Journal recently ran Abigail Shrier’s synopsis of her interview with Paul McHugh who, at 87, is still a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. McHugh is referenced frequently by those arguing for medical common sense in the transgender wars. According to Ms. Shrier, he’s “a tenacious skeptic of the crazes that periodically overtake his specialty.” Back in the ‘60s and ‘70s Johns Hopkins Hospital was famous for its pioneer work doing sex…

 

 

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Nine years old and I was oh so proud! I was proud of the gift I had just bought for my mom for Mother’s Day. I picked it out myself. I paid for it with my own allowance. And I ruined it all by myself. It was a two-carnation corsage with a plastic bumblebee. I still remember it – it was really cool, especially the bumblebee. I was pushing the speed limit on my bicycle with the white florist box perched on my handlebars. You’ve probably got the rest right? I hit a bump, it went flying, I ran over my Mother’s Day present. The flowers were crushed and so was I.

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