‘The Golden Girls’ Unlikely Influence on the ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise

The Fast and Furious franchise is one of the reliably high-earning original franchises in cinema and they partly have The Golden Girls to thank. Yeah, that sentence didn’t end how you thought it would, because one is an bro-y modern-day action-movie franchise and the other is a TV sitcom from the 80s about four elderly women living together.

But The Golden Girls did play a pivotal role in the trajectory of the Fast franchise, according to Fast and Furious director Justin Lin. He told Entertainment Weekly about his love of The Golden Girls when he was a kid and the fateful episode that planted the seed in his mind that would grow into Fast 5, the turning point for the entire franchise.

“‘The Golden Girls’ are part of the ‘Fast’ lore because when I was a kid I loved ‘Golden Girls,’” he said, backing it up by drinking from a Betty White mug.

“They had this thing called Hurricane Saturday night, all three episodes got hit by a hurricane,” he said. “That was the first time where I was like, ‘Oh, they all exist in the same universe.’ That was the inspiration for Fast Five. We brought back all the characters, they all existed in the same universe. That’s the ‘Golden Girls’ connection.”

So there you have it. Four funny older women inspired one of the great action movie franchises we have. Fast Five is what elevated the franchise and really ramped it up to the next level, where it continued to churn out hits. It was Fast Five that took the franchise to the moon (in meme stock language). And it was Golden Girls that made Fast Five possible.

The least Lin could do is give Betty White a cameo in the final few films, which is actually something he said he’d love to do. Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sofia quipped their way to our hearts so Dom and Family could race right over them.

The Most Awesome Prime Day 2021 Deals All in One Place — You’re Welcome

You’ve seen the Amazon Prime Day ads everywhere. It’s one of the biggest sale events of the year, and it’s completely online. You just get to sit back, relax, add some good, discounted stuff to your cart, check out, and wait for that sweet, sweet 2-day shipping to deliver your bounty to your door. Except that Prime Day can be chaotic — deals change by the hour, there are probably thousands (millions? We didn’t do the math, sorry) of products on sale, and we want you to get the very best deals. Because we’re looking out for you (and we’re shopping Prime Day ourselves, so we might as well help out; we’re thoughtful like that).

So, take a browse. We’ve organized the deals by category so your head doesn’t explode. Prime Day has everything from TK to TK, and we’ll be updating this page all day long.

Best Tech Deals

Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WHCH710N, $76 (61% off)

Sony’s noise-canceling headphones have reached cult status for a reason: They are godly effective, their battery life is 35 hours, and they really do cancel out the rest of the world. Also, they’re rarely on sale, so get ’em while you can.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, $176 (35% off) 

If you’re looking for a watch that’s, well, a watch, but also has fitness options, like a heart rate and sleep monitor, built-in coaching, and more. It seamlessly connects with your Android, making it easy to use, too.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 311 Convertible Laptop, $225 (55% off)

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This highly-rated and versatile Chromebook with a Google operating system is fast, functional, and sleek. It comes with built-storage for easy offline access and comes with an extra 100GB of Google Drive space.

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Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, $150 (25% off)

If you wanna jump on the AirPod bandwagon, we don’t blame you. With powerful noise-cancelling capabilities, wireless convenience, long battery power, and the ability to easily pair of Apple products, these are popular for a reason. Now’s the time to get them 25% off.

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Nintendo Switch Lite – Blue with SanDisk 128GB microSDXC-Card, $200 (14% off)

Ideal for your handheld gaming purposes, AND you get a 128GB SD card. The speed is what stands out here, so you won’t be sorry for upgrading.

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Samsung 34 inch S65UA Ultra WQHD (3440×1440) Curved Monitor, $479.99 (29% off)

If you need a premium gaming monitor, Samsung’s 24-inch monitor is on sale. Known for its superior picture quality and its ergonomic design, it’s what you need to level up.

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Other noteworthy deals:

Smart home devices starting at $8.99

Garmin smartwatches starting at $49.99

Data storage starting at $44.99

Best Kitchen & Home Deals

Calphalon BVCLECMP1 Temp iQ Espresso Machine with Steam Wand, $170.29 (57% off)

Want to impress the heck out of your dinner guests with an espresso drink? Sure you do. And you don’t have to spend your mortgage payment on an espresso machine — this highly-rated and high-quality Calphalon espresso machine is perfect for at-home use, and makes delicious, coffee shop-worthy drinks.

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Ninja FD401 Foodi 8-Quart 9-in-1 Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker, $141.54 (43% off)

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This is the creme de la creme of pressure cookers, so if you haven’t gotten one yet, or want to upgrade, the Ninja GF401 8-quart pressure cooker allows you to air fry, steam, slow cook, sear, saute, crisp, bake, roast, broil, dehydrate, and make yogurt. You can pretty much just throw away the rest of your kitchen and use this bad boy.

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BISSELL PowerGlide Pet Slim Corded Vacuum, $126 (30% 0ff)

If you have pets, then you know you can easily spend all day every day vacuuming, and you’d still end up with fur in your food, your clothes — you get the idea. With this powerful Bissell pet slim corded vacuum, you can clean up with a lot more ease.

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Other noteworthy deals:

Up to 45% off on Shark Robotic and Upright Vacuums and Steam Mop

Up to 32% off Kitchen Essentials from Chefman, Hamilton Beach, Stasher, and more

Up to 50% off Cuisinart Kitchen Products

Best Sports Deals

NordicTrack T Series Treadmill, $468 (28% off)

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With OneTouch incline control, speed control, iFit, this treadmill auto-adjusts the speed through Bluetooth connection. It also has the ability to fold up after your run.

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Sporzon! Rubber Encased Hex Dumbbell in Pairs or Singles, $35 (21% off)

Still working on your WFH gym game? Upgrade with these solid cast dumbbells  made with solid metal chrome finish. They’re comfortable and durable, and no-frills.

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Silverback In-Ground Basketball Hoop, $480 (40% off)

This 54” in-ground basketball hoop gives you professional quality and durability so you can practice your basketball skills from the comfort of your home.

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WhiteFang Deluxe XL Pop Up Beach Tent, $56 (38% off)

Looking for a beach tent for all your beaching and camping needs? This is the BMW of beach tents, and it comes with the WORKS.

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Other noteworthy deals:

Up to 50% off on all Under Armour deals

Up to 40% off on all Coleman, Marmot, and ExOfficio Outdoor Gear

Up to 40% off Adidas footwear, apparel, and accessories 

Pioneering Hospital Opens $200 Billion “Sleep Injuries” Wing for Dads

SCOTTSDALE, AZ—The Scottsdale Hospital broke ground today on a $10 million wing focused entirely on treating injuries fathers sustain while fast asleep.

Officials say the Chuck Haggerty Memorial Center for The Treatment and Study of Dad Sleep Injuries will give specialized treatment to those sleep injuries that only Dads seem to sustain.

“Every day, thousands of Dads manage to injure their necks, legs, shoulders, ankles and ribs, all while lying down motionless and unconscious,” said Dr. Kevin Williamson, chief of Dad Radiology at the hospital. “We want to know why, and we want it to stop.”

In addition to treating Dad patients, the new wing will also house sizable research labs. Hospital officials say they hope to become the first researchers to identify the mysterious, nocturnal force that is tweaking Dads’ shoulders.

The facility is named for Chuck Haggerty, a father of two who tragically woke up with a sore wrist in 2012 but is otherwise alive and healthy.

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Hero Dad Who Jumped off Bridge To Save Baby Honored With Air Force Flight

It was one of the most remarkable stories we’ve seen this year. A dad involved in a five-vehicle car accident on a bridge leapt into action, literally, when a baby was ejected from a vehicle into the bay below. Jonathan Bauer heroically jumped 30-feet from the bridge to save the baby in the water below.

And sometimes, awesome things happen to awesome people, so the Air Force Thunderbirds recognized his heroism and took him on an incredible flight as their “hometown hero” in the Ocean City Air Show.

When Bauer spoke about the incident, he said he did what he had to do. His daughter said seeing her dad jump off the bridge was the scariest moment of her life.

The Air Force Thunderbirds shared footage from Bauer’s flight and a pic of the hero dad, saying ‘his selfless act shows the best America has to offer, and we’re proud to have honored him with a flight today.’

So now you all know the way to score a once-in-a-lifetime ride with the Air Force in the back of an F-16, you just have to respond with incredible heroism in the face of enormous challenges. But if it was easy, the skies would be full of hometown heroes, instead of the select few who have earned the unique reward.

Alex Trebek’s Daughter Remembers Dad on First Father’s Day Without Him

Father’s Day is the greatest holiday of the year, clearly. A day for Dads, what more can you ask? But for families going through their first Father’s Day without Dad, the day takes a different tone. Legendary game show host Alex Trebek passed away in the fall, and his daughter paid tribute to the lesser-known side of the icon, as a dad.

Trebek’s oldest daughter, Nicky, shared a picture on Instagram of a touching family moment of her famous dad with all three of his children (Nicky is 55, Matthew is 31 and Emily is 28).

“Seems like a minute ago,” she wrote, along with the hashtags “missingyou”, “trebekgang”, and “dadlove”.

 

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Trebek loved being a dad to Nicky (who he adopted in 1981) and Matthew and Emily (who he had with his second wife). His kids have said previously he was a great dad who was generous to everyone and persistent in fighting challenges.

 

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His ‘Never Give Up’ spirit was on display during his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, as he continued to film new episodes of Jeopardy during treatment.

It’s definitely a hard first Father’s Day for the Trebek gang without him, but they won’t be the only ones who never forget him.

Father Figures: He’s a Natural

“My husband is a natural – even if he’s not my son’s natural father.’

5 1/2 years ago I found out I was pregnant with my then-boyfriend’s child. He decided to not be a part of our lives from then forward, which at the time seemed devastating but ended up being the best thing possible.

My son was born in July and I raised him as a single mother always hoping for more for him. On our first date, my husband suggested I bring my son with me so I wouldn’t have to worry about finding a sitter. He was 6 months at the time and such an easy baby, so of course my husband fell instantly in love with both of us.

He has been the only dad my son has known, and that’s all I would want for him. He plays with him every night even after long days of work and finds new and creative ways to entertain him. He encourages him to be himself and challenges him to try new things.

When we wanted to grow our family, we had a very hard time getting pregnant and found out my husband has fertility issues. We underwent two rounds of egg retrievals and had four embryo transfers that ended in miscarriages, but I eventually got pregnant with our now almost-one-year-old.

My husband is my boys’ favorite parent, although he would tell you differently. He makes them both laugh regularly and is a great role model. I’m so happy my sons and I have him.”

– Veronica Albecker

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Bandit’s Best Dad Moments in ‘Bluey’ Season 2

After months of waiting, Bluey Season 2 is now on Disney+!  It has been pretty nice to be able to finally watch some new content, after watching the first season in its entirety 7200 times.  My family and I went ballistic, binge-watching the 50+ new episodes in a weekend.  It’s top-notch stuff and once again, Bluey’s dad Bandit is a standout character.  The writers for this show just get dad life and I can appreciate that.  It makes me wonder if I’m the one watching Bluey with my kids or if they’re the ones watching it with me.

There are plenty of hilarious moments with this new season, but there are also a surprising amount of emotional story beats as well.  The kids laughed, my wife and I almost cried a few times.  It was awesome.  I’d be writing all day about Bluey if I didn’t restrain myself, so we’re only going to be talking about a select few episodes.

Here are some of my absolute favorite Bandit dad moments from Bluey Season 2.

Dance Mode

Bluey Dance Mode Episode
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When Bandit unintentionally eats Bingo’s last chip at a restaurant, he makes it up to her by giving her the power of “Dance Mode”.  This gives her the ability to make her family members burst into dance at any place or time.  She only has 4 chances to use it, so she wants to pick the right moment.  Bingo wants them to dance in the middle of a crowded plaza, but Bandit and Chilli are hesitant.  Bandit bribes her with money but it’s not what she wants.  Ultimately, they finally give in and end up back at the plaza.  Bandit shouts “Attention everyone!  I’m doing this for my kids!” and The Heeler family bust a move in front of everyone.  Whatever it takes to make your kid happy right?

Sleepy Time

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Sharing a bed with your child always seems nice in principle, but you’ll quickly find yourself fighting for the blanket… and space… and your entire bed.  The same goes for The Heeler’s.  At bedtime, Bingo is determined to sleep for the whole night in her own bed.  After reading a story about outer space, Bingo is propelled into an intergalactic dreamscape.  While this is happening, Bluey asks her mom for a glass of water to help her fall asleep.  When Chilli returns, Bluey is sleeping in her spot.  Chilli has to sleep in Bluey’s bed and somehow Bingo finds herself in bed with Bandit and Bluey.  Sharing a bed with their dad, Bluey and Bingo believe they’re running through space when in reality they’re kicking the absolute crap out of their father.  After enduring the beatdown, he finds himself sleeping on the floor using a slipper as a pillow and his underpants as a blanket.  Can’t say I’ve used my underpants as a blanket, but I’ve come close.

Rug Island

Bluey Rug Island Episode
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In this episode, Bandit learns how to be a kid again.  This is something we should all try to do, especially when we have kids of our own.  Bluey and Bingo set up the imaginative “Rug Island” in the backyard, repurposing their play mat and felt-tip pens, pretending they’re bananas or a campfire.  While adults are not typically allowed on the island, Bandit (who should be off to work) suddenly finds himself in this imaginative world with the girls. He is tempted to stay and rediscover his inner child, as he learns about the routines and customs of the land.  Bandit ends up, unfortunately, having to leave Rug Island to go to work, but Bingo gives him a “present” which is just a yellow pen.  In their imaginary world though, it could be so much more.  When Chilli asks what Bingo gave him, Bandit replies with “Everything.”

Cafe

Bluey Cafe Episode
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As a parent, it can always feel pretty awkward when meeting other parents.  When your children start to play with other children, you almost feel obliged to talk to their parents.  In the case of this episode, Bluey makes a new friend at the park.  Bluey immediately wants to invite Winnie and her dad Fido over for breakfast, but Bandit wants to take things slow.  That’s the thing with kids, they’ll just make new friends right away and they’re best friends for life and they want to hang out every day.  As you get older, you make friends at your own pace.  After multiple hangouts at the park, Bluey and Bandit are excited to see Winnie and Fido, but they aren’t there.  Bandit and Bluey are a little bummed out because they were looking forward to hanging out with them, so they decide to leave, but Winnie and Fido were running late and they bump into each other on the way out.  So excited to see one another, Bandit decides to go outside of his comfort zone for his daughter and invites Fido and Winnie over to their house for breakfast.

Bin Night

Bluey Bin Night Episode
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This episode is light-on story, but it is extremely relatable.  Each garbage night, Bandit, Bluey, & Bingo take the bins to the curb.  Bandit is able to catch up on daily events with his daughters, and he even encourages them to help out their neighbor with her bins too.  It’s just a wholesome dad episode.  I always ask my kids to help me take out the trash, and just like Bandit and his girls, I get to catch up on all the latest happenings in the world of TikTok.

Burger Shop

Bluey Burger Shop Episode
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After reading a parenting book, Bandit decides to allow his children to make their own decisions.  It’s a fun and absolutely terrible idea.  Bluey and Bingo want to play Burger Shop while in the bathtub, and he gently encourages them to finish their game and go to bed.  Ultimately, Bandit realizes that a more authoritarian approach sometimes is required to make the children listen.  You can’t be the fun dad all the time.

Duck Cake

Bluey Duck Cake Episode
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Trying to get my kids to clean up is a nightmare.  If I’m feeling a little too relaxed and want to burn myself out and feel exhausted, I just ask my kids to clean.  It stresses me out every time.  In “Duck Cake”, Bandit sets out to prepare a famous duck cake for Bingo’s birthday, which proves to be more difficult than he anticipated.  Concurrently, he implores Bluey to clean up her toys, but she struggles to find the motivation to do so. When she sees her father become dispirited while baking, Bluey begins to understand the value of assisting others.  It actually works so well, that Bluey cleans up her mess and Bingo’s mess.  She also proceeds to go on a cleaning spree.  Nice one Dad.  I wish it was that easy with my kids.

Octopus

Bluey Octopus Episode
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This episode is all about inspiring other dads to try something and make it their own.  Chloe is exhilarated while playing a game called “Octopus” at Bluey’s house.  She tries to replicate the experience at home with her own father but becomes disheartened when her father struggles to play the game with the same zest as Bluey’s father.  This leads Chloe’s father to research the octopus, which helps the duo to improvise and reinvent the activity in their own way.  Instead of bringing each other down, we can inspire other dads with our actions.  Bandit has definitely made an impression on me after watching the show.

Grandad

Bluey Grandad Episode
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Okay, this last one is more geared towards Chilli and her relationship with her father.  Bandit isn’t in this episode, but the reason I’m putting it here is that it’s just a great dad-centric episode.  I have a daughter and this hit real hard.  Chili, Bluey & Bingo are off to visit their Grandpa, but he’s just had heart surgery and should be recovering.  Instead, they arrive at his house and he’s trying to shovel a tree stump out of the ground.  Grandpa and the girls run off and Chilli chases after them, saying he needs to rest.  Dads can be pretty stubborn.  In the end, Chilli finally catches up to them and relaxes on the dock while the girls swim in the lake.  Chilli talks about how they used to swim in the lake together.  Chili says it was forever ago, but her father says it feels like yesterday and a time-lapse takes them back to where she is just a little girl sitting beside her dad on the dock.

Michigan Dad Organizes Community-Wide ‘Juneteenth Family Reunion’ Celebration

Juneteenth has been celebrated for over 150 years, but it wasn’t until Thursday that the important day officially became a federal holiday. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation which declared that all slaves should be freed. For southern states, however, it took until the end of the Civil War in 1985 for the proclamation to be enforced. Even so, some chose not to inform their slaves of their independence. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with an important message. Two months after the end of the Civil War, the last slaves on U.S. soil were freed.

A Michigan dad named Shaun Dirden didn’t grow up celebrating Juneteenth. In fact, he and his wife Nikki only learned about the significance of the date about a decade ago. Now that they have children of their own, the couple wants to ensure that the next generation both remembers and celebrates the day that changed American history.

“I remember asking my dad and he said, ‘oh, I know about Juneteenth.’ And I said, ‘then why did we never celebrate it?’” Dirden recalled in an interview with Click On Detroit. “So he knew about it, but we never celebrated – that’s why I want to do something different with my daughters. So they can actually celebrate Juneteenth.”

Juneteenth is known by many names including Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Jubilee Day – each one signifying the incredible joy associated with liberation from slavery. Rather than celebrating Juneteenth as a family, the Dirdens decided to make Freedom Day an occasion their entire community would remember.

In an effort to both educate their community and celebrate the momentous day, the Dirdens began organizing an event called the Juneteenth Family Reunion. Everyone is welcome at this particular family reunion – in fact, over 1,200 attendees are expected at the third annual event.

The first year the Dirdens organized their Juneteenth Family Reunion, several hundred people joined in the festivities. This year, nearly 30 vendors will bring food, music, entertainment, and so much more to the Dakota County residents. The annual celebration has grown every single year, with multiple organizers now coming together to make the powerful and joyous event a success.

“It all started with an idea…” the Juneteenth Family Reunion Website explains. “An idea to create a safe space for our community to come together to recognize and celebrate Black people, history, and freedom. Our vision was simple. Organize in the name of our ancestors.”

Do We Really Want Them To #ReleaseTheSchumacherCut of ‘Batman Forever’?!

What hath the Snydercut wrought?

Ever since fans successfully clamored to have Warner Bros and HBO Max release Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League, fandom everywhere has been inspired. Truthfully, fans were on their bullshit long before the #releasethesnydercut movement actually resulted in the release of the Snyder cut – they were rallying for re-dos of Game of Thrones’ final seasons and The Last Jedi and more. Some of those efforts are more worthwhile than others, but none of them seemed to have a chance until the four-hour Justice League actually premiered back in March.

Now fans are more emboldened than ever. How else can you explain the #releasetheschumachercut hashtag that has been trending on Twitter lately?

Joel Schumacher, who passed away last year, was a well-respected director with Grisham adaptations (A Time to Kill, The Client), 80s classics (The Lost Boys, St. Elmo’s Fire, Flatliners), and even a few bona fide good movies (Falling Down) under his belt. But he also directed the last two Batman movies before Christopher Nolan took over.

Batman Forever and Batman and Robin are not well-respected films, and Schumacher’s campy approach is pretty much single-handedly responsible for the gritty, “realistic” take Nolan brought to the Dark Knight trilogy. When the main takeaway from your films is the fact that the Batsuit had nipples on it, “gritty” is not what people think of. But it turns out that Schumacher actually wanted to go darker, and fans want to see it.

A longer, darker director’s cut has been rumored for years, and according to Film Stories, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman confirmed its existence last week, and shed some light on what it was like.

“Batman Forever still has a renaissance coming. I really am interested to see whether the original cut of Batman Forever comes out because I got to see it, recently, the very very first one, which was Preview Cut: One. It was really dark, it was a pretty psychological exploration of guilt and shame.”

Forever, if you can’t remember, was the one with Val Kilmer (Clooney came after), Jim Carrey, and Tommy Lee Jones. Jones’s Two-Face has since been revisited by Nolan, and Carrey’s Riddler is getting a massive makeover in next year’s The Batman, which also promises yet another dark and psychological take on the superhero.

Would Schumacher’s original vision have held up? It was supposedly meant to explore Bruce Wayne’s trauma and mental health. But it also had a scene like this, so maybe it’s best we stick with what we got:

Father Figures: A Great Example

“This is my dad. He also known as ‘Papa’ to his 13 grandkids.

This weekend, Papa officiated the wedding of his first grandchild to get married. My dad is a minister. This may cause many to assume things about him based on negative experiences with church, God, and all things spiritual, but my dad is an exceptional example.

He has served in ministry for more than 40 years and I can attest that he doesn’t just practice what he preaches, he embodies what he teaches. He is a great example of a humble, kind servant.

He is selfless, loving, and tender. He is also bold, intelligent and strong!

I am 46 years old and I know no greater hero than my dad.”

– Shawn Kirkley

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