LISTEN: Churches Across U.S. to Watch NFL Players Share Their Testimonies on Super Bowl Sunday; Donnie McClurkin Shares Disapproval of Trump But Urges Prayer for Him (BCNN1, 2/4/2017)

This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Saturday, February 4, 2017.

1. According to the Christian Post, just hours before America’s biggest football game of the year, churches across the United States will hear the personal life stories of NFL players and their wives as they talk about their own journeys with Jesus Christ. While much of the national attention will be on Sunday night’s NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots and comedic Super Bowl commercials, churches across the country will be listening to the testimonies of star receivers Brandon Marshall and Anquan Boldin and former New York Jets offensive lineman D’Brickashaw Ferguson and their wives. Each of them will describe their walks with the Lord and life struggles during the annual “Football Sunday” in-church video program that will be hosted this year by Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson and his wife, Kristen.

2. According to EEW Magazine News, a new CNN/ORC poll reveals that President Donald Trump has the highest disapproval rating for a newly elected president. Among his non-fans is gospel singer Donnie McClurkin. The Grammy-winning “We Fall Down” singer is listing all the reasons the billionaire Republican wasn’t his choice, while still encouraging Christians to offer prayers for the widely-disliked Commander-In-Chief. During an interview with nationally syndicated radio show Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell, McClurkin said believers aren’t off the hook when it comes to praying for the newly minted leader, saying, “Now is our time to pray for him. This is the job of the church. Now let the world protest, but the job of the church now is to go into prayer and pray that, number one, he succeeds, because if he fails, we have to deal with the consequences as a nation.”

3. According to NBC News, to kick off Black history Month, the United States Postal Service added civil rights activist Dorothy Height to its Black Heritage Series on the Forever Stamp. Height, dubbed by President Barack Obama the “godmother of civil rights,” and a past National President of public service organization Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, was honored in a dedication ceremony at Howard University where the organization was founded in 1913. Wearing purple corsages as tribute to her legacy, her great-great niece and others remembered the civil rights icon on Wednesday. Congressman John Lewis spoke of Height’s courage, calling the stamp a well-deserved honor.

4. According to CNN, after a two-week escape to Palm Springs and the British Virgin Islands, Barack and Michelle Obama are back in Washington, where they will begin to settle into the post-White House life. While most former presidents depart Washington when they take their final flight aboard Air Force One, the Obamas are opting to stay in the District as daughter Sasha, 15, finishes up at Sidwell Friends School. The former President is expected to write a book and begin work on the Obama Foundation, working from office space inside the headquarters of the World Wildlife Fund.

5. According to the Associated Press, Van Jones, the political activist and CNN commentator who coined the term “whitelash” for Donald Trump’s election victory, has a book deal. Jones’ “Facing the Messy Truth” will be published this fall, Ballantine Books announced Thursday. The book will be a “manifesto” for taking action in a time of “collective political anxiety,” according to Ballantine, a Penguin Random House imprint. Jones said in a statement that he saw “Facing the Messy Truth” as a way out of partisan gridlock. Jones’ previous books include “Rebuild the Dream” and “The Green Collar Economy.”

6. According to ESPN, Michael Vick says his football career is over. The once-dynamic quarterback told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Friday that he is officially retired from the NFL. Vick, 36, did not play this past season. Vick told Anderson, “In this moment right now, I’m willing to say yeah, I’m officially retired. I think it’s time. I think going through the 2016 season without playing and being able to be a spectator and watch the game and enjoy it from afar and root for a lot of the players and coaches I once played for, I think kind of summed it all up for me. So now I think I’m officially ready, I’m ready to move on to different things in my life and different facets of my life.”

7. According to Variety, OWN’s hit drama “Greenleaf,” starring Merle Dandridge, Keith David and Lynn Whitfield, explores a family that runs a megachurch in Memphis — but with deep-seated secrets. The series has been a ratings success for the cabler — and Netflix recently nabbed SVOD rights. Oprah Winfrey, who executive produces the series, has also played a recurring role in the drama as Grace’s (Merle Dandridge) Aunt Mavis — and from the looks of the season two trailer, she’s set to make an on-screen return. The first eight episodes of season 2 will debut on Wednesday, March 15 at 10 p.m. The remaining eight episodes will air in the summer. Viewers can catch up on the show’s first season on Netflix beginning March 3, and OWN will air a “Greenleaf” season one marathon with all 13 episodes back-to-back on Sunday, February 19 beginning at 10 a.m. Watch the trailer online.