PODCAST: Marcus Hayes Withdraws From Consideration at FBC Naples (BCNN1 11.16.19)

According to The Christian Post, Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, has become the first African American to publish both a study Bible and a full-Bible commentary. In an interview with Religion News Service, the 70-year-old founder of the Urban Alternative revealed that The Tony Evans Study Bible is the result of “seven years of intense work,” adding he wants to promote a “specific worldview.” He explained: “I believe the Bible has a very specific worldview, which is the glory of God through the advancement of His Kingdom. And so I wanted to thread that worldview through the Bible and the commentary.” Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship celebrated Evan’s legacy with a three-hour “Kingdom Legacy Live” event on Nov. 8 that included musicians Kirk Franklin, Tori Kelly, Natalie Grant, CeCe Winans, and Lecrae. Video tributes also were aired from former President George W. Bush and former football player Herschel Walker. During the event, Evans received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Dallas Theological Seminary. Additionally, Anthony Evans Jr. took the opportunity to tell his father that the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., will be placing his Bible commentary on permanent display.

According to Christianity Today, A black Southern Baptist minister has withdrawn his name from further consideration at the Florida megachurch that failed last month to achieve the supermajority vote required to call him as pastor, sparking accusations of racism from within and outside the congregation. First Baptist Church of Naples, Florida, announced yesterday in an email to members that Marcus Hayes “has asked that his name be removed from consideration to be our next Senior Pastor.” The email, signed by the congregation’s eight-member senior pastor search team, called the withdrawal of Hayes’ candidacy “a major disappointment to several thousand members and supporters of First Baptist.” Hayes has declined to make a statement to media regarding his decision.

According to NBC News, The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Friday afternoon stopped the scheduled execution of death row inmate and convicted murderer Rodney Reed.The nonprofit Innocence Project, which has been representing Reed in his effort to stay alive, tweeted the court granted a stay of execution that was “indefinite.” Texas civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt tweeted that he spoke with Reed’s family after the court ruling and they are “overjoyed but know this fight isn’t over.” The court’s move came after the state parole board voted unanimously Friday to recommend Gov. Greg Abbott delay the execution by 120 days. He was scheduled to be put to death next Wednesday. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, however, also asked that Abbott not commute Reed’s sentence to a lesser penalty. It’s unclear what the governor may decide, and his office did not immediately return a request for comment. Reed, now 51, was found guilty by an all-white jury in the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites, a 19-year-old grocery store worker in central Texas. His lawyers have pointed to new witnesses who have come forward and forensic evidence that has been reevaluated to insist he at least deserves a new trial.

According to Reuters, A teenage boy who killed three classmates and wounded two others at a southern California high school on his birthday before shooting himself in the head died on Friday of his wounds in hospital, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office said. The sheriff’s office said in a written statement: “Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow, 16, a Junior at Saugus High School, was being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, when he succumbed to his injuries. His mother was present at the time of his passing.” The boy was carrying out a deliberate plan when he shot five students at his California high school, then turned the gun on himself, a local sheriff said on Friday, but authorities said they had no clues about what sparked the bloodshed. Berhow initially survived his self-inflicted gunshot wound but died at a local hospital on 3:32 p.m. on Friday, according to the sheriff’s department.

According to The New York Times, Less than 24 hours after a woman got a restraining order against her estranged husband, he came to her home in San Diego on Saturday and fatally shot her and three of their children before turning the gun on himself, the police said. When police arrived at the home on Saturday morning, they found the parents and four children — ages 3, 5, 9 and 11 — all with gunshot wounds. The 3-year-old and the parents were dead at the scene, and two of the other boys died at the hospital. One of the children was in surgery on Saturday afternoon, the police said, adding that they were waiting to identify the victims to give the family time to process their deaths.

According to The Associated Press, What was planned to be the last series of the day for Tua Tagovailoa ended in the final play of his season — and maybe his Alabama career. The Crimson Tide’s star quarterback will miss the rest of the season after dislocating his right hip in the first half of No. 4 Alabama’s 38-7 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday. Tagovailoa, the potential top pick in April’s NFL draft, was injured while being dragged down by two Bulldogs late in the first half, with the Tide up four touchdowns. He was flown by helicopter to the St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Hours later the school announced he has sustained a dislocated right hip. Tagovailoa had been nursing an ankle injury and Alabama was considering holding him out of this game. The junior needed surgery four weeks ago for a high ankle sprain on his right leg that caused him to miss a game and a half. Alabama team orthopedic surgeon Lyle Cain said: “He is undergoing further testing to determine the best course of treatment. He is expected to make a full recovery but will miss the remainder of the season.”

According to NBC News, Oscar-winning actress and comedian Mo’Nique sued Netflix on Thursday, accusing the streaming giant of racial and gender discrimination by trying to drastically underpay her for a stand-up special after offering other stars tens of millions of dollars. The suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court accuses Netflix of giving a “biased, discriminatory” offer to Mo’Nique for a one-hour comedy special around November 2017. In the 39-page filing, Mo’Nique calls out everyone from the top executives of the Netflix management team to highlighting the gender wage gap and lack of diversity in Hollywood. According to the lawsuit: “Despite Mo’Nique’s extensive résumé and documented history of comedic success, when Netflix presented her with an offer of employment for an exclusive stand-up comedy special, Netflix made a lowball offer that was only a fraction of what Netflix paid other (non-Black female) comedians.” In a statemented posted on Instagram, Mo’Nique said Thursday she had a choice to make, “I could accept what I felt was pay discrimination or I could stand up for those who came before me and those who will come after me. I chose to stand up.”

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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