LISTEN: Court rules against woman who claims police ordered her to stop praying (BCNN, 06/24/17)

1. According to the Christian Post, the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against a Kansas Catholic woman who claims that she was ordered by police to stop praying in her own home. On Tuesday, the three-judge panel voted to uphold a judge’s dismissal of Mary Anne Sause’s lawsuit against two Louisburg officers, who she said demanded to be allowed into her home and wouldn’t tell her why they were there. She alleged that when she began praying, the officers, who were there because of a noise complaint, ordered her to stop. An opinion written by Judge Nancy Moritz states that the court assumes that “the defendants violated Sause’s rights under the First Amendment” by repeatedly mocking her, ordering her to stop praying “so they could harass her,” insisting that she reveal scars from a double mastectomy and threatening her with arrest. “But this assumption doesn’t entitle Sause to relief. Instead, Sause must demonstrate that any reasonable officer would have known this behavior violated the First Amendment,” the judge argued, citing the 2011 Supreme Court ruling in Ashcroft v. al–Kidd, which asserts that the former U.S. attorney general could not be personally sued for the jailing of a U.S. citizen after the events of September 11, 2001.

2. According to the Alabama Baptist, the 2017 Pastors Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention on June 11–12 was historic for a couple reasons. First was the fact that this year’s lineup of speakers consisted of 12 pastors of smaller to average-size churches. Preaching through the book of Philippians and focusing on the theme “Above Every Name,” pastors spoke on issues such as dependence on Christ, maintaining hope and joy through adversity, finding identity in Christ, obedience, Christian unity and beholding Christ’s name and example. Second was the election of the conference’s first-ever African-American president for the 2018 Pastors Conference. In nominating H.B. Charles Jr. for the position, Pastor Ken Whitten of Idlewild Baptist Church, Lutz, Florida, said, “I want to be real clear about this — I’m not nominating H.B. Charles because of the color of his skin. I’m suggesting that he be the conference president because of the character of his soul and the convictions of his spirit.” Charles is pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida.

3. According to the New York Times, Samuel DuBois Cook, a lifelong educator who was widely saluted as the first tenure-track black professor appointed by a predominantly white university in the South since Reconstruction, died on May 29 at his home in Atlanta. A boyhood friend of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he was 88. His death was announced by Duke University, where he taught political science from 1966 to 1974 before serving 22 years as president of Dillard University, a historically black institution in New Orleans. No cause of death was given. If there were any doubts about how the first full-time black professor would fare at a Southern university whose student body had only just been integrated, they were quickly dispelled. By Dr. Cook’s second year of teaching at Duke, in Durham, N.C., his students presented him with their outstanding professor award. In 1973, he also became the first black president of the Southern Political Science Association. President Jimmy Carter later named him to the National Council on the Humanities. A political scientist by training, Dr. Cook was a staunch defender of all-black colleges and a crusader for interracial harmony, especially between blacks and Jews. At Dillard, he established the National Center for Black-Jewish Relations. He also increased student enrollment by 50 percent and started a Japanese-language curriculum.

4. According to Reuters, the United Nations stressed on Thursday its support for eradicating cholera in Haiti, an epidemic it accidentally started, although the government said residents would be better served if aid funding was channeled through it. The U.N. secretary-general on Tuesday appointed a new special envoy for Haiti tasked with leading fundraising efforts for the plan to beat cholera, introduced in 2010 when peacekeepers dumped infected sewage into a river. Bolivia’s U.N. Ambassador Sacha Sergio Llorentty Soliz told journalists at the national palace: “We acknowledge that there’s a problem and we are here to reiterate the commitment of the United Nations and the international community to work together to fight this problem and to work to solve it.” Llorentty is also president of the U.N. Security Council for the month of June. Aviol Fleurant, Haiti’s acting minister of foreign affairs, said the U.N. Security Council and the government had discussed plans for better management of aid in a closed-door meeting.

5. According to the Christian Post, from selling drugs to joining the Navy SEALs, actor Remi Adeleke is giving God all of the credit for his role in the new blockbuster movie, “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Adeleke, who plays a TRF lieutenant in the film that released in movie theaters nationwide on Tuesday, made his I AM SECOND debut where he spoke about his childhood growing up in the Bronx, New York, and the absence of a male role model in his life which led to him stealing from his mother and selling drugs. His father was a well-known engineer in Nigeria, but following his death in 1987 Adeleke and his mother moved to New York City. In 2002, Adeleke joined the Navy SEALs and began training in Alaska after he heard a voice urging him to go. In his I AM SECOND testimony, Adeleke recalled: “One day I was laying in bed, a voice kept on pressing upon me that I needed to join the military. While I would walk through this wilderness I had time to reflect in the silence. I started thinking about how I treated my mom and people I love.” The yearning for a paternal presence turned into one of the lowest points of Adeleke’s life where he contemplated suicide. It was then that he began to call on the name of Jesus.

6. According to the Christian Post, pastor Shirley Caesar wants famous host Steve Harvey to focus on his blessings from God and stop cursing. Caesar, the 78-year-old Grammy Award-winning gospel music veteran and pastor, appeared on Harvey’s new NBC variety show “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” Wednesday which focuses on the talents of senior citizens. Before she performed a remix of her hit song “Hold My Mule” on the show, Caesar urged Harvey to stop using profanity. The conversation began when she recalled seeing people “shaking their butts” to a remixed version of her song that went viral last year. She excused herself for using that type of language which Harvey found amusing. The comedian admitted to using much harsher language and told Caesar, “I’d probably have to get baptized, the stuff I done said.” Caesar did not approve of the comedian using profanity and attempted to stop him from doing so. Harvey admitted that while he has tried to stop cursing, it’s not easy since he has made a lot of money doing it. Although the exchange was lighthearted, Caesar did not think Harvey had an acceptable excuse to keep cursing.

7. According to the Christian Post, baseball player Chris Singleton has been drafted by the Chicago Cubs two years after his mother was murdered during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Singleton, 20, was drafted by the Cubs in the 19th round last week. When the news broke, he took to social media to glorify God for the honor. Singleton wrote on Instagram: “I got down on my knees this morning … God was listening. You already know who this is for.” Singleton’s mother, the Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was among nine people killed at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015, in a racially motivated murder committed by white gunman Dylann Roof. While the Chicago Cubs are aware of his heartbreaking story, it was his talent on the baseball field that drew their interest in Singleton.

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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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