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Focus of this Blog

James Michael McDonald, V and his wife Stacy purchased and operated Homeschooling Today Magazine unsuccessfully for a number of years before its resale. During that time, the venture turned out to be far from profitable, and the McDonalds have not been honest about how they established themselves in the homeschooling community, how they operated their business, or even about their personal lives.

Certainly no one rejoices in the drawing of attention to these matters, they must be noted in order to stop the deception. This movement of patriocentricity promotes false doctrine by perpetuating lies, profiteering off of the trust of earnest Christians who believe the shaming messages promoted by the movement. The end should never justify the means, and the Christian homeschoolers that support the McDonalds have the right to know the truth. This blog hopes to draw attention to the behaviors of the McDonalds, particularly those concerning the period of time during which the McDonalds owned and operated Homeschooling Today Magazine.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Homeschooling Today Magazine Still Struggles Financially

I don't know if Homeschooling Today magazine ever really turned a profit. I do know that by 2005, they were in fairly dire financial straights. James McDonald was already looking for buyers and "investors" at this time. Steve Murphy, the current publisher, states that he acquired the magazine in 2007.

A friend of mine received this fundraising letter a few months ago, and it appears that the magazine is still not doing as well as I'm sure the new buyers hoped. The whole body of the email can be noted below, but I find this particular section pretty interesting.

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I do not find any of this to be much of a surprise. The economy is bad. Costs are higher. But I wonder if the magazine was ever profitable. One thing we do know that distinguishes James McDonald from Steve Murphy. Steve apparently believes in personal sacrifice and I will assume, based upon what we know from this fundraising letter, that the Murphys pay their bills. The McDonalds kept their farm, sold it, and they acquired a new one.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

James M McDonald, V has an Alias?

Well, someone named "Kelly McDonald" who comes up as a relative of Both James and James' first wife Sandy in Wyoming (at that time) has an alias of James M McDonald, V.

That seems like much of the same thing to me.

When James McDonald contacted a public minister who is a dear friend of mine, accusing my husband and me of lying about him and asking "how to deal with us," I decided to work a bit harder at figuring out just who this man was. Apparently, when contacting my friend, all James was primarily concerned about convincing this minister that he was really ordained. This person neither knew who James was nor cared. But the whole idea that this person would start calling people who posted comments on my blog really didn't make me very happy.

I wanted to find out whether James had actually been ordained as a minister in an Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) church in one of his former residences. I spoke to someone who was friends with Stacy in the 1990s during the period of time when they went to get the four children between James and Stacy. Part of those discussions included the fact that James who was Pentecostal at the time could not ever get ordained as a pastor or as an elder because their church did not ordain anyone who had been divorced/remarried. I contacted the central SBC to inquire about ordination information, but since the SBC is a very decentralized organization (???), they do not keep track of ordinations. Ordination is not tracked by the national organization, and only a few state organization have any info about individual ordinations within their states. I was told that I would need to find the individual church who had supposedly ordained James in order to verify that he had ever been ordained.

It is no light matter to me to question whether a minster has been ordained, so I looked online with a couple of objectives. I wanted to know exactly who James was, where he could have been ordained and whether I could find his first wife in order to find out whether he actually had been ordained in some manner, shape or form. Maybe he had actually been an elder somewhere and felt okay about stretching the truth. There were some tall tales told on the old, defunct Sisters in Christ Yahoo group and the message board that preceeded it before it was all moved onto Yahoo about Sandy. That was another reason for crashing those archives prior to the establishment of Family Reformation Ministries, because it documented James' previous marriage and the fact that Sandy was the parent of James eldest four children. There was some story of elders trying to minister to Sandy after a group of ministers gathered over her in her bed or something, somewhat reminiscent of the Pharisees finding the woman in the act of adultery. Some of that could well be true, but I thought that perhaps Sandy could answer these questions if I could get in contact with her.

So I started searching, and the name Kelly McDonald came up on a free record search, along with James' name and Sandra's name. Sandra is associated with both James and a person named “Kelly,” and Kelly and James are associated with one another. I did not know if this was another child or perhaps another wife. So I paid to do a search on the name because the name kept coming up, even showing up as a relative on James’ profile in Texas.

(This information can be accessed for free at Intellus.com.)

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When I did the search on Kelly in January of 2008, I expected to find that Kelly was a woman. I did not anticipate to find that, according to Intellus, that James M McDonald V both shared a birthdate with Kelly McDonald, let alone that James was his alias. (I've obscured the specific date of birth from the report, BTW.)

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What does this mean? In the post to follow this one, I was able to find out where James lived before and even was given the phone numbers for his neighbors in Katy, TX. I did not learn any new information about Kelly or about Sandra, James McDonald's first wife and the mother that birthed four of his children. I think it means that people have more of a reason to question the past of James McDonald. There may well be a reasonable and adequate explanation for all of these things. Will we find the answers?

That is also another interesting thing that conveniently went away when Stacy convinced the co-owner of the old and now defunct Sisters in Christ list to destroy all the archives. James claims to have only lived with his former wife for 3 years in a few posts in those archives. But James has four children with Sandy. Hmmm.

This does not prove without doubt that James McDonald has an alias, but it certainly does add to the ambiguous nature of James' past. Now there are more questions. I've spoken to some of the Homeschooling Today creditors about unpaid balances while James was owner, amounts that could outright finance five of the brand new car that I now drive (which I had to finance). Did James create an alias so that he could skirt his debt in Wyoming? Is that why Kelly shows up as a relative of James in his Texas search in his Texas household? How are we supposed to know? He won't even disclose what SBC church ordained him. (BTW, I called the SBC churches in his towns in Idaho and Wyoming. None of them knew of a James McDonald during the time periods that matched his dates of residence. I contacted several SBC churches in Texas but received no response from them. And a friend of mine contacted someone named Kelly McDonald in Wyoming, wondering if Kelly might be a twin brother.)

Maybe there is a simple answer to these questions that is reasonable. Maybe there is an error in the information in the Intellus system and Kelly is a relative. Someone suggested that maybe "Kelly" is a nickname to differentiate between James the IV and James the V. But we will likely not find out because James McDonald can't even tell us where he was ordained, let alone any of his personal information. As Christians, we are to be open books to be known and read of all men. Ministers and teachers of the Gospel are to be above reproach as well.

(Note that I cropped out information that did not match James M McDonald V or Sandra McDonald. Please also note that I performed the search in January of 2008.)

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For $50, you can pay to do your own search on Kelly McDonald in Wyoming to see if it also lists James M McDonald, V as an alias. Again, this is only an internet record search and I would not ever go to court on this information alone. But why does it have such a specific name listed as an alias?????


Background Report on James M McDonald V Via Intellus

I have obscured the address and the personal information of the McDonald's neighbors in Katy, TX.

(I may as well get some value out of the background check that I paid for.)

I have also cropped out the information that was redundant or benign.

Note that the search was performed in November of 2007.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

For the Record...

James' First Marriage:

James McDonald's first wife's blogs which include pictures of the four eldest McDonald children when they were young. Compare them to the photos that can be found on Stacy McDonald's "Your Sacred Calling" Blog. Christa and Tiffany are most easily recognizable, though Melissa Leanne may . There are no photos of James VI on either James' or Stacy's blogs for comparison.

Stacy claimed on the Sisters in Christ list and perhaps also on her own Patriarchs Wives Yahoo Group that James only lived with Sandra for 3 years, yet he managed to father 4 children during this time.

Stacy's First Marriage:

Stacy used to post on a message board called "Sisters in Christ" that became available right about the same time that the internet became widely available in the mid-nineties. It was then converted over into a Yahoo email group/list serve with searchable archives. On that original group, prior to Stacy's persuasion of one of the co-owners of the group to delete the archives, Stacy talked about many things regarding her first marriage and her initial struggle in becoming an overnight parent to James' four older children to his first wife.

Stacy was quite open about her unpleasant first marriage to Gary Kimmelman and her child with him. Much of that information directly conflicts with information that she reported to the Peoria Star Journal (Local Newspaper in Peoria, IL) in January 2008. She indicated that she was unmarried and "had no family of her own" when she met James and had only worked a job when she was single. From the information on the now defunct Sisters in Christ archives that Stacy conspired to have deleted, many know that Stacy was married and had her first husband's child while she had the job she describes to the Peoria Star Journal. She also has claimed that she was not a Christian when married to her first husband, and according to her posts on the Sisters in Christ list, she most definitely was a Christian, and so was her husband, per her own report.

James and Stacy's Marriage:

According to public record, Stacy divorced Gary Kimmelman in January 1995.
She was then married on July 22, 1995 to James M McDonald, V.

There was only a period of six months between Stacy's divorce from her first husband, Gary, and her marriage to James McDonald.

Sisters in Christ Yahoo Group:

Much thanks to the several participants in that original Sisters in Christ Yahoo Group who so willingly shared that information with me. For additional info, please read this discussion of the coup of that list, the stealing of the Sisters in Christ email list and the launch of Family Reformation with that email list on the next day HERE on True Womanhood during March of 2008. (It is quite a long thread, but there is much documentation there from the two former owners of the original Sisters in Christ group as well as two former participants.)

22Feb09 Addendum: For those of you who have taken it upon yourselves to go to the current "Sisters in Christ" Yahoo Group, please note that this is not the original one. The one that is available now is a whole new group. The one Stacy destroyed was abandoned. (I've been told that several people have suddenly signed up for a day, then unsubscribed. The archives that condemn Stacy were deleted by Stacy and the other co-owner of the group who she recruited to come work for Family Reformation. But they used that woman up and threw her away, too.)