TobyMac Remembers His Late Son Ahead of Thanksgiving (UCNN 11.26.19)

According to TODAY, Christian rapper TobyMac is remembering his late son, Truett Foster McKeehan, as his family prepares for their first Thanksgiving since McKeehan’s death last month. TobyMac posted a series of emotional photos on Twitter and Instagram from the funeral for his son, an aspiring rapper who was found dead at age 21 on Oct. 23 at a home in Nashville, Tennessee. “As we enter this week of Thanksgiving we have something we’d like to share….Such overwhelming love has surrounded us this last month,” he wrote. “We still don’t quite know which end is up but we do KNOW, we are loved. As we mourn our firstborn son, God has poured out His love on us through people.” TobyMac also expressed his gratitude on Sunday for all the support in the wake of McKeehan’s death. “We have experienced family at every layer and every turn,” he wrote on Instagram. “From the closest to those who have loved from a distance, thank you, thank you a thousand times over. We are grateful for your gentle and compassionate hearts. It is something we will never forget.” The photos show TobyMac hugging family and friends, as well as pallbearers wearing red hoodies with “Shiloh” on them. McKeehan performed under that name as well as TRU, truDog and Truett Foster. The cause of his death remains under investigation. Local authorities told The Tennessean last month that an autopsy would be conducted.

According to the New York Daily News, A highly praised gymnast from Southern Connecticut State University died after falling from the uneven bars during practice last week. Melanie Coleman, a junior at the New Haven-based university, sustained upper body injuries while training Friday at a Hamden facility, according to the Hartford Courant. She died Sunday at age 20. An online fund-raising campaign set up by her family said the “freak accident” initially left her in “critical care,” but she “gained her angel wings” Sunday after succumbing to her injuries. Details of the accident were not available Monday as an official cause of death has yet to be determined. One of her coaches told the Courant that Coleman likely performed on the uneven bars thousands of times. The young woman was a nursing major who also volunteered as a youth instructor at the same facility she was injured.

According to Charisma News, Earlier this week, Judah and Chelsea Smith launched a new feature on their Churchome app: “Guided Prayers.” In an Instagram post announcing the new prayer feature, Judah says he and his wife—who both pastor Churchome in Seattle, Washington—appear in videos to guide people through prayers that are relevant and five minutes or less. “Guided prayer is a spiritual experience,” he says. “It’s much more than just a method. It’s much more than just content to consume. It’s an experience to be had. It’s a moment to be in, completely present, connecting with God. It’s based on Scripture. It’s based on the way Jesus taught His 12 disciples to pray.” Judah also says the feature uses the Lord’s Prayer as an outline to help people take time to pray—whether it’s late at night or early in the morning. Their goal, he says, is to give people “the best chance they could have to experience the presence of Jesus and actually follow him in their ordinary, everyday lives.”

According to NBC News, Skeletal remains found in Alabama on Monday are believed to be those of Aniah Haley Blanchard, the teenage stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris. Blanchard was last seen outside a convenience story on Oct. 23. The remains were found at approximately 10:45 a.m. in a wooded area in Mason County, near Shorter, Alabama, authorities said. The district attorney in Lee County, Brandon Hughes, told NBC News that his office had “good reason to believe they are that” of Blanchard. Blanchard, 19, a student at Southern Union College, was last seen in Auburn, Alabama. Her damaged car was recovered two days after her disappearance about 60 miles away in Montgomery, Alabama. Authorities had initially said they did not suspect Blanchard was the victim of foul play, but changed their position after the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences examined evidence from her 2017 Honda CR-V. On Friday, police arrested Antwain Fisher, 35, of Montgomery, on first-degree kidnapping charges in the disappearance of Blanchard. Ibraheem Yazeed, 29, was arrested this month in western Florida on the same charge.

According to CBS Baltimore, The Ravens’ 22-year-old phenom quarterback matched his career-high with five touchdown passes and ran for 95 yards in a dominant 45-6 victory against the Los Angeles Rams in their final game at LA Memorial Coliseum. The win is the Ravens’ seventh consecutive victory. Jackson solidified his case as the MVP front-runner, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 3,000 passing yards and rush for 1,500 yards in his first two NFL seasons. He dazzled in his “Monday Night Football” debut, finishing 15 for 20 for 169 yards. He didn’t miss a pass in the first half. Mark Ingram rushed for 111 yards and a TD and caught a scoring pass while the Ravens (9-2) became the fourth team in the 21st century to score touchdowns on its first six drives in a game. With Jackson operating almost flawlessly at the controls, Baltimore embarrassed a previously solid Rams defense by racking up 480 yards with its evolving brand of high-octane football. He hit Willie Snead with his fifth TD pass with 14:43 to play and took the rest of the night off. Snead and Marquise Brown had two TD catches apiece for the Ravens, whose winning streak is their longest since they won seven straight to close the 2000 season on the way to their first Super Bowl title. At 9-2, the Ravens have matched their best start since 2012, which ended in their second Super Bowl championship. Jared Goff passed for 212 yards with two interceptions and Todd Gurley rushed for just 22 yards for the defending NFC champion Rams (6-5), who took the worst loss of their three seasons under coach Sean McVay.