LISTEN: SBC NAAF President Urges ‘Reconciliation’ Among Russell Moore, Critics; Tony Evans Talks Tony Romo (BCNN1, 3/10/2017)

This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Friday, March 10, 2017.

1. According to Baptist Press, the president of a network of some 4,000 predominantly African American Southern Baptist churches has issued an open letter urging reconciliation between Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore and those threatening to withhold Cooperative Program money over his actions. Byron Day, president of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention, wrote in a March 9 letter that while “feathers have been ruffled on both sides,” “obedience to the Bible’s teaching can surely offer a solution so that we can get back to working together to share the good news of God’s love, forgiveness, and gift of eternal life.” Disputes regarding Moore’s leadership are “dividing Southern Baptists” and “hurting the name of Jesus Christ and the furtherance of the Gospel,” Day wrote, adding the ERLC president “has done nothing worthy of discipline or firing.”

2. According to NBC DFW, departing Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo told a pastor and longtime friend this week that his “passion is still there” and that he still wants to win a Super Bowl – even if it is for another team. Dr. Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship and former Cowboys’ chaplain, spoke with Romo Tuesday night and said, “His mood is great. He says, ‘God is in control.’ He’s ready to move on, kind of, because he loves Dallas. So we are going to see him a lot.” Evans and another pastor presided over the wedding of Tony and Candice Romo in May 2011. The following year Tony Romo donated $1 million to an adopt-a-school program that Evans started.

3. According to the Winston Salem Chronicle, many people believe that the church is the one of the least diverse places left in the country. Some are often classified as a Black, White or Hispanic church when most believe it should simply be a church with no designation to color. CITYChurch Winston believes that the gospel makes a difference in real life. Its mission is to be a community that exists despite the differences. In an effort to practice what it preaches CITYChurch is bringing former Negro League player Henry Mason, who is now working in ministry, to speak and answer questions following the morning service on Sunday, March 26. CITYChurch Lead Servant, Chris Jones, said he has always tried to help spread diversity in the church, whether it be his own or other churches around the city. CITYChurch holds its worship services at Kennedy High School, at 890 E. 11 St. Winston-Salem.

4. According to ABC News, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) said Wednesday that he used his meeting at the White House with President Trump on prescription drug prices to also address the president’s past rhetoric about black communities. Speaking to reporters outside the West Wing after his meeting, Cummings — who is a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus — said he told the president that his language about African-American neighborhoods and inner cities had been “hurtful.” In speeches and public comments, Trump has frequently portrayed inner city America and many African-American communities in bleak terms. But the primary reason for Wednesday’s meeting was to discuss prescription drug prices, a policy area where Cummings and the president have expressed potential common ground.

5. According to the Charleston City Paper, after receiving final approval from the city’s Board of Architectural Review, the International African American Museum is one step closer to becoming an actuality. Few projects in recent memory have been met with such praise from board members as the International African American Museum. Planned for Gadsden’s Wharf, the site where 100,000 Africans where brought to America between 1783-1808 during the height of slave trade, the museum is estimated to cost around $75 million. Last year, when Moore was named to head up fundraising efforts for the project, former Charleston mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. said that the city and county had agreed to contribute $25 million to completing the museum, and the state had begun efforts to match that amount. According to Moore, those behind the project are hoping to break ground by the end of this year or early 2018, with a construction timeline of approximately two years.

6. According to EEW Magazine News, Taffi Dollar, first lady of World Changers Church International, is addressing the shifting roles of men and women in the 21st century in her new book, Gender Roles: A Grace-Based Perspective. The College Park, Georgia-based leader believes the two sexes can navigate the transition by accepting that role reversals are a natural part of societal change and nothing to be feared. Set to be released at Dollar’s Radical Revolution Women’s Conference kicking off Friday, March 17, in Gender Roles, the wife of mega church pastor Creflo Dollar expounds upon God’s original intent for mankind and the definition, and purpose of biblical equality—a message she believes is necessary for people today.

7. According to EEW Magazine News, in a day and age when a growing number of professing Christians are exercising their freedom of choice to drink, go to the club, wear provocative clothing, and act out on social media, gospel singer Jonathan McReynolds is urging them to reconsider. In a new blog post, the 27-year-old pleads with believers to think beyond themselves and take into account how their behaviors impact others who may be watching. That way, their liberty won’t lead someone else into bondage. McReynolds uses 1 Corinthians 8:9-13 as his foundation to encourage readers not to be a stumblingblock, or hindrance to others, writing, “I don’t know where we got this idea that our actions, clothes, tweets and Periscopes can be right even when they look all wrong.”

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