Amazing Grace by Dolly Parton could become state song in Tennessee

Jeff Turner

The state House of Tennessee has honored Dolly Parton, who was born in Tennessee, by passing a bill that if signed by the Governor would make “Amazing Grace” sung by Dolly Parton the official state song.

State Rep. Mike Sparks (R-Smynra) introduced HB 0938 in February.  State Sen. Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) introduced SB 1416.  The house bill passed 91-1 on Monday. If the bill makes it all the way through the legislative process the song would become the eighth designated state song of Tennessee.

The General Assembly on Monday also adopted a resolution recognizing Parton for her, “cultural contributions and philanthropy.”

How can you say ‘Jesus won’ after a tragedy?

(Photo: Boulder police arrest Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, of Arvada. He is charged with 10 counts of murder in the first degree / Courtesy: Boulder, Colorado Police Department)


A reporter talked to a man who survived the March 22, 2021 mass shooting at a Colorado grocery store. The witness, Neven Sloan, told the journalist something that may be hard for non-Christians to understand.

“Satan hasn’t won today,” he said.

“…Even though this evil thing has happened, Satan hasn’t won… Jesus has won,” he told the reporter.

How can someone say Jesus won when ten people died?

Well, if this life is temporary; if this life is our time of sorrow; if all pain is over and an eternity with God begins when this life ends, then death doesn’t mean that Satan has won. It only means our time here is done.

Scoffers see this as Satan’s win because they assume it’s the end, not the beginning.

Crimes against the church this week

These are some of the crimes against the church reported this week in North America. This is not intended to be an exhaustive report. It is only a sample of crimes reported by news agencies in Canada and the US over the past seven days.

Two off-duty officers in Manitoba were able to subdue a man who used profanities and flashed a gun to threaten worshipers at the Westside Community Church of Morden this past weekend. Witnesses said the man lifted his sweater, displayed a gun.  The off-duty were attending the service. They took the man into custody without any injuries.  Officers determined the man’s weapon was a fake. Dustin Warkentin, 32, is accused of weapon, assault and disturbance charges.

Investigators with the Powell County, Kentucky sheriff’s office are investigating thousands of dollars in damage caused by criminals who ransacked a church building. A sheriff’s office spokesperson said someone overturned pews, smashed holes in the walls and caused extensive damage to the sanctuary of the South Fork Church of God.  The vandal or vandals’ motive is not known.

The Knights of Columbus spent last weekend removing satanic graffiti from outside the church of St. Joseph in Washington, D.C. A vandal, or vandals, left an image of a pentagram, the word Lucifer, and some indistinguishable writing. Patrick Abbot, an officer in the Knights of Columbus, said the vandalism was like Satan’s empty promises in that they were easily washed away.

A man accused of setting a Florida church on fire last year is facing a federal hate crime’s charge.  A federal grand jury indictment was handed up Wednesday against Steven Shields, 24, of Dunnellon, Florida. A press release from the U.S. Justice Department says the indictment alleges that he was motivated to set the fire due to the religious character of the church.

Boston police are looking for a man who’s wanted in connection with two incidents of vandalism at Catholic churches in Dorchester and South Boston. Around 6:30 a.m. Monday an unknown substance was found on several doors at St. Teresa of Calcutta Church and St. John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester. Two hours later officers were called to St. Augustine Church in South Boston where a similar substance was found on doors and a statue was toppled.

Nelons find a celebrity in their audience



The Nelons found a special guest on the front row of the group’s concert at the First Assembly of God in Fort Meyers, Florida Thursday night: Evelyn Tornquist Karlsson.  Most fans wouldn’t know by her full name. Her albums in the 70’s and early 80’s as well as her appearances with the Billy Graham Crusades were all done under her stage name, Evie. Perhaps her most well-known songs include grammy award nominated Come On, Ring Those Bells; Mirror and Never the Same.

Most Southern Gospel groups had a very lean schedule in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Nelons seem to be making up for that in 2021. The group’s schedule this year is packed through early June.

Lore Family heads back to the studio


The Lore Family travelled to Horizon & Sonlite Records – Crossroads Music in Asheville, NC to begin recording tracks for six new original songs.

A post to the group’s Facebook page says, “This is our first time to record at Crossroads. We’ve worked hard for several months by writing, reviewing, discussing and praying over songs. Greg Bentley and Roger Talley have led the way.”

The Lore Family will record the vocals in a few weeks.

The recording sessions will not keep the family from touring and singing Southern Gospel. The group has a rather busy schedule for the next few months:

March 21: 10:30 AM// First Free Will Baptist Church; Springfield, OH
March 21: 6:00 PM// Grace Baptist; Garrison, KY
March 27: 7:00 PM// Washington Assembly of God; Anderson, IN
March 28: 10:00 AM// Mackey Nazarene; Mackey, IN

April 2: 6:30 PM// (Concert with: Satisfied, The Mylon Hayes Family, & The Lore Family) The Willow Event Center; Winchester, OH

April 4: 9:30 AM & 7:30 PM// Rubyville Community Church; Portsmouth, OH

April 10: 6:00 PM// Five Corners Baptist; Wolcottville, IN

April 11: 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM// Emmanuel Free Will Baptist Church; Wabash, IN

April 11: 6:00 PM// Riverview Community Church; Tippecanoo, IN

April 16: 7:00 PM// Horse Creek Free Will Baptist Church; Naoma, WV

April 17: Time TBA// Oxford Baptist (Oxford Women’s Worship); Conover, NC

April 18: 11:00 AM// Connelly Springs Baptist; Connelly, NC

April 18: 6:00 PM// Glad Tidings Free Will Baptist Church; Asheboro, NC

​April 25: 7:00 PM// Rock Branch; Nitro, WV