LISTEN: Samford U Refuses Funding From Baptist Convention Over LGBT Student Group (UCNN 07/12/17)

1. CP – Samford University, a top-ranked private Christian University in Birmingham, Alabama, announced Friday that it will not accept an expected annual $3 million funding allocation from the Alabama Baptist State Convention starting Jan. 1, 2018, after a tense exchange over an LGBT student group. A release from the university founded by Alabama Baptists in 1841 said the decision was made by the institution’s board of trustees after ongoing discussions between the convention and the trustees.

2. Rolling Out – Aramis Ayala is one of the most powerful people in the state of Florida due to her position as the state attorney. However, Ayala’s position did not prevent her from being racially profiled by police officers. While driving in Orlando, Florida, Ayala was pulled over by two White male police officers. In a show of force, both officers approached her vehicle as one stood on the driver’s side and the other stood on the passenger’s side. Ayala had not done anything illegal while driving. When Ayala handed one of the officers her ID, he recognized her as the state attorney. Ayala then began to question the officers as to why they stopped her. While stuttering a bit, the officer claimed that he pulled her over because they ran her license plates and the plates did not come back registered to anything. The officer claimed that he also pulled her over because her windows were too darkly tinted. However, he stated that he didn’t have a device to measure the tint level. Ayala eventually asked for the officers to give her their business cards, but they wrote down their names instead.

3. Inside Edition – After losing their two young children in a car accident two years ago, a North Carolina pastor’s wife has given birth to twins this week. On Monday, Gentry Eddings — the pastor at Forest Hill Church — and his wife Hadley, welcomed twin boys Isaiah Dobbs and Amos Reed. The twins’ middle names are a tribute to the couple’s deceased sons, Dobbs and Amos. “We are thrilled for Gentry and Hadley and are continually amazed at how God continues to redeem their story,” Stacey Martin, family friend and Director of Communications at Forest Hill Church, told People. “From the tragic loss of their sons, Dobbs and Reed to the remarkable birth of their twins, Isaiah and Amos — God is creating beauty from ashes.”

4. The Wrap – Tamron Hall has a new gig. The former “Today” show host and MSNBC anchor is co-creating a new daytime talk show at Weinstein TV. Hall will serve as executive producer and host of the currently untitled show, which will blend current events, human-interest stories and in-depth interviews with celebrities and other influencers. It’ll be shot in front of a live studio audience and will “fill the current void in daytime for viewers looking for a blend of heart, humor and information,” a statement said. “I’ve been working towards developing a talk show for a long time, but needed to make sure I did it the right way and with the right person to take the lead. Tamron is far and away that person,” Harvey Weinstein continued.

5. CBN – President Donald Trump sat down with CBN Founder Pat Robertson for an exclusive “700 Club” interview at the White House this morning. The interview comes just after Christian leaders prayed for the president in the Oval Office, and as the media firestorm over Russia and the election continues to dominate headlines. The president addressed a wide range of issues, from Russian President Vladimir Putin to the North Korean threat, as well as the problem of terrorism funding from Middle Eastern countries.

6. CP – The United Methodist Church’s highest court has rejected a motion to reconsider its ruling that an openly lesbian’s election to the position of bishop violated church law. In an email sent out to the parties involved in the case, Judicial Council Secretary the Rev. Luan-Vu Tran explained that the ruling was going to stand. “… after careful review and prayerful consideration, the Motion to Reconsider JCD 1341 of the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops has been denied,” wrote Tran, as reported last Friday by United Methodist News Service.

7. The Root – Valerie Jarrett, the most trusted woman in former President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, has signed a book deal. The former White House senior adviser’s untitled book is expected to combine personal history and civic advice. “From her work on ensuring equity for women and girls, protecting civil rights, reforming our criminal justice system and protecting working families, Jarrett will share lessons about making change and her optimistic vision for what the future holds,” Viking said in its announcement, according to the Associated Press. “[It is] a story of history, biography, politics and activism—and will provide ideas about leadership and being a good citizen in the 21st century.”

As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Galatians 5:13 says, “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

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!