LISTEN: Christians in Sudan face increased government scrutiny; Boko Haram kidnaps 22 girls (BCNN, 04/12/17)

1. According to the Christian Post, Christians in Sudan are facing heightened government persecution, according to a watchdog group, with authorities set to demolish at least 25 churches in Khartoum. The American Center for Law and Justice said on Thursday that Christians, who are a minority in the Muslim-dominated Sudan, have been protesting against government plans to demolish the 25 churches. Officials contend that the churches were built on land intended for other use. Authorities are reportedly planning to sell off the land of the 25 churches after they are demolished, in order to reap a profit.

2. According to AFP, Boko Haram Islamists have abducted 22 girls and women in two separate raids in north-east Nigeria, residents and vigilantes said. In the first attack on Thursday, the jihadists raided the village of Pulka near the border with Cameroon where they kidnapped 18 girls. A Pulka community leader, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, said: “Boko Haram fighters from Mamman Nur camp arrived in pickup vans around 6am and seized 14 young girls aged 17 and below while residents fled into the bush. They picked four other girls who were fleeing the raid they came across in the bush outside the village.”

3. According to the Christian Post, T.D. Jakes Ministries confirmed Friday that Potter’s House Denver Pastor Chris Hill has been nixed from a leadership conference set for this month as allegations of adultery against the embattled pastor continue to swirl. Hill, a protégé of Bishop Jakes, was slated to speak at the International Pastors & Leadership Conference, founded by the iconic Dallas preacher, T.D. Jakes. The conference is set for April 27-29 at Jakes’ The Potter’s House of Dallas in Texas. Originally, a Facebook post by T.D. Jakes Ministries on March 16 had announced that Hill would be teaching a workshop on vision. When The Christian Post reached out to T.D. Jakes Ministries on Friday, two separate agents confirmed that Hill’s name does not currently appear on the list. One agent explained that he was removed but no explanation was given.

4. According to the Christian Post, Steve Harvey revealed that Pastor Donnie McClurkin was one of the first people to challenge his faith. At his third annual Act Like A Success Conference that took place in Atlanta, Georgia, last weekend, Harvey spoke to people about the impact that McClurkin, the gospel singer and pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York, had on him spiritually. Harvey said: “When I met Donnie McClurkin, he asked me the one question that they had never asked me in show business before. He asked me how I felt about my soul. No one had ever cared how I felt about my soul. They just brought me on to tell jokes.”

5. According to News Channel 5 Network, NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson entertained and inspired a crowd at Lipscomb University during his latest stop in Music City. Magic and his wife Cookie shared stories and life lessons during Lipscomb’s Imagine 2017 “Nashville: Prosperity for All Corners of the City” event. While addressing students, Magic discussed the importance of getting an education and relying on their faith. Johnson said: “Make sure while you are in school, you take advantage of your education. That is how you will achieve your goals and dreams.” Since retiring from the NBA over 20 years ago, Magic has focused on encouraging kids in urban communities and investing in business interests across the country.

6. According to the Root, Benjamin Crump, most well-known as the lawyer for the families of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Michael Brown Jr., is building on his fame in a new reality courtroom show premiering Friday on Fox. According to Fox, You the Jury “will address hot-button issues that define America today. Whether it’s online trolling and the limits of free speech; the constitutional clash of gay rights with religious freedom; or whether someone’s death was the result of a tragic accident or something far more sinister, You the Jury will investigate the law and the intense human stories behind it. In a dramatic twist, the closing arguments will be presented by the plaintiff and the defendant as they sit across from one another.”

7. According to USA TODAY Sports, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock was released by the team Friday, one day after being arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence in Northern California. In a one-sentence release to USA TODAY Sports and other outlets, the 49ers announced they had cut Brock. Santa Clara police officers in who responded to a report of domestic violence around 9:35 p.m. PT Thursday arrived to find “visible facial injuries” to a woman Brock is dating. He remained jailed Friday afternoon, according to online inmate records. The felony charge carries a maximum of four years in prison. Brock has started 31 of the 49ers’ 32 games over the last two seasons and has played his entire seven-season NFL career with the team.

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