LISTEN: Ex-Wife of Zachery Tims, Riva Tims, Opens Up About Life After His Death; 62-Year-Old Jacksonville Pastor, Mother, and Grandmother Murdered by Younger Boyfriend (BCNN1, 2/3/2017)

This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Friday, February 3, 2017.

1. According to the Christian Post, after suffering through a very public divorce from her late megachurch pastor husband Zachery Tims in 2009, whose affair with drugs and sex ultimately ended his life two years later, Riva Tims is opening up about life after his death. She also has some advice on how churches can better serve fallen pastors. In her latest book When It All Comes Together, Tims shares her painful process of recovery and the challenges of her new life as a single mother with four children, including a son with cerebral palsy. She also talks about the pain of losing the once popular and now Paula White-led New Destiny Christian Center, which she co-founded with her late ex-husband, and how God used those events to birth the now thriving 1,700-member Majestic Life Church that she heads in Florida.

2. According to Action News Jax, police in Kingsland, Georgia, are investigating the motive behind the slaying of a Jacksonville pastor, mother and grandmother. The family of Ruthene Tukes, 62, said the suspect is her boyfriend, David Monroe, 39. Police found Tukes’ body inside a Kingsland Econo-Lodge near I-95 early Tuesday morning, and arrested Monroe at his home Folkston, Police said they found Monroe with Tukes’ car and blood on his clothes. Police found Tukes’ body with severe head injuries. Monroe is charged with murder and in the Camden County jail. Ruthene leaves behind three children and six grandchildren.

3. According to WORLD Magazine, new Gambian President Adama Barrow has started his tenure with a “complete overhaul” of the political system his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh, ruled for more than two decades. Barrow, who assumed office a week ago, has appointed officials, remodeled some of the country’s repressive restrictions, and kick-started plans to restore unity. The new administration yesterday swore in 10 of 18 new ministers, mostly activists and opposition leaders who challenged the last regime. Barrow appointed Amadou Sanneh as the finance minister less than 72 hours after his release from detention. All selected cabinet officials must declare their assets before assuming office in a bid to ensure accountability, Barrow said.

4. According to the Associated Press, the head of the Chicago Police Department said Wednesday that his officers are now using high-tech strategies and equipment to fight crime, an announcement that came as the city’s police released statistics showing no letup in the death toll that captured the nation’s attention last year and sparked a Twitter warning last week from President Donald Trump. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson demonstrated how officers will use software to almost immediately learn when and where someone has fired a gun. At the news conference in a police district considered to be one of the city’s two most violent, Johnson also showed his audience a computer system that will help police predict where violence might erupt.

5. According to the Hill, the National Association of Black Journalists is slamming NBC for Tamron Hall’s abrupt departure on Wednesday, accusing the network of “whitewashing” to make way for Fox News star Megyn Kelly’s arrival. NBC hired Kelly away from Fox earlier this year in a deal that may have led to Hall’s departure. Hall had co-hosted the third hour of “Today” with Al Roker since 2014, a time slot Kelly is expected to take over. The group said in a statement, “NBC has been a leader for diversity in broadcasting, but recent reports that Hall and Roker will be replaced by former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly are being seen by industry professionals as whitewashing.” The organization has requested to meet with NBC executives to discuss “the top-rated show’s dismantling.”

6. According to CBN News, actor Terry Crews will be hosting the 25th annual Movieguide® Awards, the largest faith and values awards show in the country. The gala honors directors, producers, and writers of family-friendly films and television programming for this year. Movieguide® tapped the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star for his formidable strength in comedy. He is also the author of the best-selling book Manhood. Movieguide® founder Dr. Ted Baehr said, “Terry’s commitment to family, both on and off the screen, makes him the perfect host for a movie awards show. We’re absolutely thrilled to have Terry host the Movieguide® Awards, which means so much to millions of families across the country.” The one-hour TV special will air Easter Sunday.

7. According to EEW Magazine News, it is a tumultuous time in America as government upheaval and unrest among citizens has reached fever pitch. Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning singer CeCe Winans says, “We need peace right now,” and she is hoping to offer just that through her latest CD, Let Them Fall In Love, in stores Friday, Feb. 3. With only a couple of days to go before releasing her brand new music to the world, Winans, 52, dropped by the Red Velvet Cake Studios for the famous In Studio Jam and chat with the Tom Joyner Morning Show crew. While there, she learned that her single, “Peace from God,” is already providing some much-need solace, comfort and escape for TJMS co-host Sybil Wilkes, who is deeply disturbed by the state of our nation and the world.