Sharon Dierberger
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Standing for the gospel in the NBA

Sports | Orlando forward Jonathan Isaac decides not to kneel during the national anthem
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 8/04/20, 04:17 pm

After grabbing headlines for becoming the first NBA player not to kneel during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” last week, Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac left the court two days later with a season-ending knee injury. He used both incidents to proclaim his faith in Jesus Christ.

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Being a child actor isn’t just glitz and glamour

Television | Showbiz Kids shows why
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 7/30/20, 03:24 pm

Would E.T. have been the wildly successful Steven Spielberg smash without Henry Thomas cast as the lonely, lovable 10-year-old Elliot who befriends the extraterrestrial? Can you imagine The Wizard of Oz without Judy Garland belting out “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from a Kansas barnyard? Or The Black Stallion without Kelly Reno galloping across Arabian sand, clinging to the Black’s mane?

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Giant stands up for his faith

Culture | San Francisco pitcher Sam Coonrod ridiculed for not taking a knee
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 7/28/20, 05:43 pm

On opening night Thursday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, a message read by actor Morgan Freeman played over loudspeakers as the home team and the visiting San Francisco Giants lined up on the field before the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The statement, written by Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen, called for equality, unity, and empathy—a Major League Baseball–approved response to the ongoing nationwide protests against racism.

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