LISTEN: Oprah Criticized for Airing Show on John Gray (UCNN 4/22/17)

1. Digital Spy – Oprah Winfrey has found herself on the end of some more-negative-than-usual tweets this week after her latest reality TV show aired. The Book of John Gray follows the life of the leader of the largest congregation in the United States, pastor John Gray, described by the OWN website as “a dramedy docu-follow hybrid about the life of John Gray and his uniquely humorous way of helping people”. But the decision to give the pastor his own show has proven controversial as John has tweeted openly in the past about his disdain for the LGBT community, including criticising President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage and referring to homosexuality as a sin. So when the new series premiered on Saturday (April 15), it wasn’t long before Oprah’s fans and viewers began questioning why she would give an “anti-gay” pastor his own show, and sharing their disappointment.

2. CNN – An internal review board in the Charlotte, North Carolina, police department has determined the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by an officer was justified. In a report released to Scott’s family Friday, the actions of Officer Brentley Vinson on September 20, 2016, were ruled to be lawful and in accordance with department policy. The report was issued by the Independent Shooting Review Board of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. “The board concluded that Officer Vinson’s use of deadly force by discharging his service weapon when faced with Mr. Scott’s action of exiting his vehicle armed with a handgun, and refusing to drop the firearm after numerous commands to do so, was a justified use of force pursuant to CMPD policy.”

3. USA Today – The Rev. Jesse Jackson and officials in the Chicago area are calling on Facebook to drop its Live function for 30 days, in the wake of the murder of Cleveland grandfather Robert Godwin, whose shooting was broadcast on the social network. Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, Jackson and Father Michael Pfleger, a Chicago activist, are calling for the moratorium, effective as soon as possible, in order to give Facebook a chance to create a mechanism that would allow for instant removal of disturbing and offensive content. The moratorium would serve as “a time out” to help Facebook figure out how to prevent people from using it “as a platform to release their anger, their fears and their foolishness,” Jackson told USA TODAY.

4. WashPost – The death toll from a Taliban raid on a key army base has exceeded 160, an official said Saturday, the bloodiest single incident in an attack by the resurgent militants since their ouster in 2001. The attack Friday was seen as another major blow for President Ashraf Ghani’s shaky U.S.-backed government, which, apart from facing rising violence by militants, is also locked in a growing internal power struggle.

5. Yahoo News – U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was removed from his post by the Trump administration and has been replaced temporarily by his deputy. Murthy, an appointee of former President Obama, announced on Friday that he resigned. A Department of Health and Human Services Spokesperson Alleigh Marré said in a statement to ABC News on Saturday that he was asked to step down. Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, a nurse who served as Murthy’s deputy, will serve as the acting Surgeon General, according to the statement.

6. AP – Aaron Hernandez’s body has arrived at a Connecticut funeral home where a private funeral is planned for Monday. A spokeswoman for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association said the former NFL star’s body arrived Saturday afternoon at the O’Brien Funeral Home in his hometown of Bristol. The former New England Patriots tight end was found hanged in his cell at a Massachusetts prison early Wednesday. He was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder and had just been acquitted of a 2012 double murder. His death was ruled a suicide. Hernandez’s family in a statement released Saturday asked for privacy as they mourn and thanked people for offering condolences.

7. MarketWatch – The number of out-of-work people collecting unemployment checks fell to a 17-year low in April, underscoring the strongest U.S. labor market in years. So-called continuing jobless claims fell by 49,000 to 1.98 million, marking just the second time they’ve fallen below 2 million during the current eight-year-old economic expansion. Continuing claims also dipped below the 2 million mark in March. The last time state unemployment offices sent out fewer checks to jobless Americans was in April 2000, the government reported Thursday.

As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Seth Godin said, “The only thing worse than starting something and failing … is not starting something.”

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.”

Thanks so much for listening and may God bless your day!