LISTEN: Chicago Pastor John Hannah to lead midnight prayer at MegaFest (05/30/17)

1. According to DNA Info, Chicago’s own John Hannah, pastor of New Life Covenant Church, will lead a midnight prayer as part of Bishop T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest next month in Dallas. Jakes, who pastors The Potter’s House, a nondenominational U.S. megachurch with more than 30,000 members, said: “I’m always trying to bring new voices that the MegaFest has not been exposed to so that we can understand that God uses different types of gifts.” He’s organizing the four-day family event, which runs from June 28 to July 1. In 2015, it attracted more to 91,000 visitors. Registration fees and tickets can be found at The fest will feature prayer, a comedy show, a film festival and other activities. Jakes said this year MegaFest will unite people from around the world to be inspired, encouraged and empowered.

2. According to Diverse Education, Tuskegee University — the private Alabama institution founded by Booker T. Washington — has fired its current president. The Board of Trustees has decided not to renew Dr. Brian L. Johnson’s annual contract, effective July 1, 2017. It’s unclear exactly why the trustees decided to let Johnson go, but a source familiar with the situation said that several trustees were angry to learn that Johnson has interviewed for the top post at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), which is located in his hometown of Durham, N.C. He is reportedly a finalist for the job. NCCU has been without a permanent leader since its former chancellor, Dr. Debra Saunders-White, died last November from cancer.

3. According to the Associated Press, it was after midnight when a gunman burst into the living room of a southern Mississippi home where young people were playing video games. Caleb Edwards, 15, said the man — whom he knows as Corey Godbolt — demanded to know where his cousin’s parents where. Jordan Blackwell, 18, said they were gone to another town. At that, Caleb said, Godbolt “just started shooting.” As people scrambled to hide inside the Brookhaven home, Blackwell used his own body to shield his cousin Caleb from the gunfire. With his mother standing by his side Monday, Caleb spoke calmly as he recounted to The Associated Press how he felt the force of the impact as Blackwell was shot Sunday. Caleb said: “He loved me enough to take some bullets for me.” The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation identified some of those killed as: Barbara Mitchell, 55; Brenda May, 53; Tocarra May, 35; Ferral Burage, 45; and Shelia Burage, 46; and deputy William Durr, 36. The parents of Austin Edwards and Jordan Blackwell identified their sons as the other victims.

4. According to the Associated Press, a Mississippi deputy killed in a shooting rampage had worked in Christian ministry before going into law enforcement, and liked doing puppet shows to deliver uplifting messages to children. William Durr, 36, was responding to a domestic-violence call late Saturday when he was shot to death in Brookhaven, a south Mississippi city surrounded by pine trees and rolling green pastures. He was one of eight people killed in a shooting rampage at three different homes — an outbreak of violence that has shaken the county of 34,500 residents. Investigators said Willie Corey Godbolt, 35, will be charged with one count of capital murder and seven counts of first degree murder. Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said the charges could change as the investigation continues. Authorities on Monday said Godbolt was related to or acquainted with all the victims except Durr.

5. According to the Charleston Post and Courier, Sheryl Sandberg came to Charleston to promote a new book on handling trauma and growing in the face of grief. The Facebook executive said she got a lesson in it, too. Sandberg, the social network’s chief operating officer, said she visited Emanuel AME Church before giving a talk Wednesday about her new book, “Option B,” which reflects on her experience after her husband died unexpectedly two years ago. Sandberg said: “It’s not growth that you’d want, but it is growth, and there is meaning in both the joy and the grief in our lives.” She and co-author Adam Grant sought out stories of how people cope with trauma for the book, she said, and she spoke with longtime Emanuel member Willi Glee about how Charleston responded to the fatal shooting of nine black parishioners by an avowed white supremacist in the church’s fellowship hall. In a conversation with National Public Radio host Michele Norris, Sandberg said: “Willi talked to me about the resilience of the city and the church. There’s a lot to learn here — about what binds us together, what holds us together and what we still have to overcome.”

6. According to Reuters, former world number one golfer Tiger Woods said an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications was to blame for his early-morning DUI arrest near his Jupiter Island home in Florida on Monday. Woods, who underwent surgery last week to relieve lingering back pain, was booked at 7:18 a.m. and released several hours later on his own recognizance, Palm Beach County Police said in an online report. Woods said in a statement released by his spokesman that alcohol was not a factor in his arrest but apologized and added that he took full responsibility. Woods said: “What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly. I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself, too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again”

7. According to Reuters, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr could return to the team’s bench during the NBA Finals, but it will not be for Game 1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. Kerr has missed Golden State’s last 10 playoff games as he continues to deal with complications from back surgery two years ago. Kerr told reporters on Monday: “I’m not ready to coach yet. I’m still feeling the effects.” Kerr stepped away from the bench after Game 2 of the Warriors’ first-round sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers. Among the symptoms he is dealing with are severe headaches, neck pain and nausea. Although he ruled himself out of Game 1, Kerr left the door open to returning during the rematch of the last two NBA Finals. Assistant coach Mike Brown has guided the Warriors to 10 consecutive wins since taking over for Kerr. Golden State is the first team to enter the NBA Finals with a perfect 12-0 mark.

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In closing, remember, the good news of God’s love. John 3:16 says, “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.”

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