LISTEN: Black Christian News Network One Podcast (07/06/19)

Here are the top stories you need to know about today.

According to Business Wire, T.D. Jakes, pastor of The Potter’s House in Dallas, TX, and CEO of TDJ Enterprises, joined the first Annual Global Black Economic Forum in New Orleans this week. He joined a consortium of some of today’s most seasoned business moguls and entrepreneurs who gathered on Friday and Saturday at the Contemporary Arts Center during the 25th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival. Jakes joined a panel titled, “Empowering our Community to Overcome Multigenerational Financial Inequality,” along with Earnin founder Ram Palaniappan and the U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority CEO Kamal Latham. The mission of the event was to illuminate the road ahead towards building economic empowerment and generational wealth within the Black diaspora globally. Sponsors of the Global Black Economic Forum include Disney, Facebook, and Walmart.

According to CNN, a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake swayed buildings and cracked streets and foundations in Southern California on Friday night, sending terrified residents into the streets a day after another quake hit. The latest earthquake struck 11 miles northeast of Ridgecrest. It was five times bigger and 11 times stronger than Thursday’s 6.4-magnitude earthquake, also centered near Ridgecrest. There’s been an average of one aftershock per minute since Friday’s quake in the southern part of the state. Gas leaks caused structure fires, residents reported water main breaks, and power and communications were out in some areas, and several injured were reported.

According to the AP, Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday apologized for recent comments about working with segregationist senators in his early days in the U.S. Senate, saying he understands now his remarks could have been offensive to some. The candidate asked a mostly black audience of several hundred during the first day of a weekend visit to South Carolina, “Was I wrong a few weeks ago? Yes, I was. I regret it, and I’m sorry for any of the pain of misconception that caused anybody.” Biden’s comments came as he and rival presidential candidate Kamala Harris were set to circle each other while campaigning Sunday in South Carolina, the first Southern state to vote in next year’s primary and a crucial proving ground for candidates seeking support of black Democrats. Biden defended his record on racial issues and reminded voters of his ties to former President Barack Obama, whose popularity in South Carolina remains high.

According to Christian Today, A major study is underway to find out what makes church a mutually positive experience for white, black and minority ethnic Anglicans. The study was commissioned by the Diocese of Birmingham, one of the most multicultural dioceses in the Church of England, to better understand the giftings and needs of black and minority ethnic Anglicans, and identify the challenges they may face when it comes to integrating into church life. The project has been launched in recognition of the increasing number of black and minority ethnic Anglicans and out of a corresponding desire to ensure that churches are places of welcome where all can participate and grow.

According to the AP, federal officials and an independent monitor told a federal judge this week that the Missouri city of Ferguson needs to make more progress on police and court changes to comply with a consent decree spurred by the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Independent monitor Natashia Tidwell, a Boston attorney, told U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry that the city is behind on many of its goals for the year. Instead of pushing those benchmarks to next year, Tidwell said “more needs to be done.” A consent agreement reached in 2016 requires significant changes that include municipal court reforms, community policing efforts, hiring more minority officers and improved policies in areas such as use of body cameras and search and seizure practices.

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. 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.” 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 for listening and may God bless your day!