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Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd, was released on a million dollar bond.

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Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd, was released on a million dollar bond Wednesday.

Chauvin, 44, is facing murder and manslaughter charges after video showed him kneeling on Floyd’s neck for about eight minutes during an arrest on May 25. He was released Wednesday on a conditional release and is expected to appear in court in March of next year, according to his notice of release filed in court.

Court records show that Chauvin, who was charged in late May and has been in custody for months, posted a non-cash bond.

Eric Nelson, an attorney for Chauvin, declined to comment to NBC News on his client’s release Wednesday.

Four officers were terminated from the department and charged in Floyd’s death, which sparked protests over racial injustice across the globe. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.

The other three officers — Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng — have been charged with with aiding and abetting murder as well as aiding and abetting manslaughter.

It does not appear that any of the former officers have entered pleas in their cases, according to court records.

Minneapolis officers were responding to a report of a counterfeit $20 bill being used at a local grocery store when they encountered Floyd, according to the criminal complaint that was filed against Chauvin.

Lane found Floyd parked nearby and the officer pulled his gun, ordering Floyd to get out of his car, and handcuffed him, the complaint said. A cuffed Floyd was eventually put face-down on the pavement with Kueng holding down his back and Lane pressing down his legs, the charging document against Chauvin said.

Multiple videos have been released on Floyd’s arrest, with one showing him pinned down by three different officers near a patrol car while a fourth stands near his head.

“Please, please, please, I can’t breathe,” Floyd begged in one video caught by a bystander. “My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Please, please. I can’t breathe.”

He died while in custody that day.

Floyd’s death was ruled a homicide by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, which listed Floyd’s cause of death on May 25 as a “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” The county autopsy also stated other “significant” conditions that may have contributed to his death, including hypertensive heart disease, fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use.

An examination funded by Floyd’s family came to a different conclusion. The private autopsy found that police officers’ pressing on his neck and body cut blood and air flow to his brain, causing him to die by mechanical asphyxia, pathologists hired by the family said.

An attorney for Lane, Earl Gray, argued in court that Lane was new to the job and that Chauvin was his training officer. Gray said that Lane asked Chauvin twice whether they should roll Floyd over during the arrest and expressed concern that Floyd may be in “delirium,” Gray said.

The complaint against Chauvin alleged that the former officer dismissed the concerns and said, “That’s why we have him on his stomach.”

Kueng’s attorney said in court documents filed in June that his client intends to plead not guilty. The officer will argue he acted in self-defense and used reasonable, authorized force to detain Floyd.

It does not appear that a plea was made, based on court records.

Attorneys for the officers have argued for separate trials in their cases, while prosecutors contended Friday they should be tried together, in part to spare Floyd’s loved ones further and unnecessary trauma.

The case is being prosecuted by lawyers under Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.

This is a breaking story. Please check back for updates.

Donald Trump ‘doing very well’ and has no difficulty breathing, medical team says

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President Trump is “doing very well” and has no difficulty breathing, his medical team said Saturday — the morning after he was transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

White House physician Dr. Sean Conley and other members of the medical team briefed reporters on Trump’s condition. Conley said they were “extremely happy with the progress” Trump is making.

Dr. Sean Dooley said that cardiac, kidney and liver functions are all normal, he is not on oxygen and is not having any difficulty breathing or walking.

He noted that he is exceptionally good spirits and said: “I feel like I could walk out of here today.”

Trump announced Friday morning he had tested positive, and was moved to the medical center later Friday as a “precautionary measure” after suffering symptoms the White House described as “mild.”

This is a breaking news alert, check back for updates.

Enjoy the song as we wait for full recovery of the president of the United States.

The Campaign Manager of Trump tests positive for Covid-19

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President Donald Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a senior official, becoming the latest figure in the President’s inner circle to be infected with Covid-19.

Stepien received the results of the test on Friday night and is suffering from what the official described as “mild flu-like” symptoms.

Stepien traveled to Cleveland with the President and his team on Tuesday for the first presidential debate and was seen in close proximity to Hope Hicks, the President’s top aide who also tested positive.

Stepien was among a group of senior Trump campaign staffers who were tested, but he is the only one whose results came back positive so far. Deputy Campaign Manager Justin Clark’s test results were negative.

He also attended debate prep sessions with former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who also announced on Friday that she had tested positive.

Stepien will work from home, the official said. Politico was first to report the positive result.

The news came at the end of the wild day that began when the President announced on Twitter just before 1 a.m. ET that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for coronavirus. Before the day was over, Trump was being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and at least seven Republican politicians and close Trump confidants had announced they too had tested positive for Covid-19.

Stepien became campaign manager in July, when Trump replaced Brad Parscale, who had been serving in that role, with him on the same day that two national polls showed the President trailing presumptive then-presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by double digits. He brought a vital understanding of data and metrics to the President’s reelection bid looking to turn around sinking poll numbers in key battleground contests.

Prior to the shake up, Stepien served as deputy to Parscale, and before that held a senior role in Trump’s administration as White House political director.

He joined Trump’s first presidential campaign in August 2016, marking the first addition to the campaign since Conway took over as then-campaign manager and former top Trump adviser Steve Bannon took over as then-CEO.

Trump adviser Jared Kushner recruited Stepien to join the Trump campaign and the two enjoy a close relationship. A source with knowledge of the hire told CNN at the time that Bannon played a key role in bringing on Stepien.

As the national director for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and New Hampshire political director on President George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection effort, Stepien brought a heavy dose of campaign experience to Trump’s operation. But he also injected some controversy into Trump’s first run.

Stepien had served as campaign manager and deputy chief of staff to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a close confidant and adviser to Trump. But Christie fired Stepien in January 2014 amid the Bridgegate scandal, in which Christie aides directed the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge as political retribution.

Stepien was ultimately not charged in the federal investigation into the lane closures. Court documents later revealed, however, that a Christie aide texted a colleague amid Christie’s news conference on the bubbling scandal in December 2013 that Christie “just flat out lied about senior staff and Stepien not being involved.”

A good 61% of Evangelicals Plan to Vote for Donald Trump, Survey Finds

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According to a new online poll from LifeWay Research, just 2 in 10 evangelicals plan to vote for Senator Joe Biden in the Presidential Race.

According to The Christian Post, the reason is between party and racial disputes and not which candidate aligns more closely to Scripture. White Evangelicals tend to support President Trump in a landslide, with a 7 to 1 ratio out of every 10 voters. However, Black Evangelicals are overwhelmingly Biden supporters by about the same margin. But among other ethnicities, Trump has the support of roughly 2 out of every 3 voters. Overall the survey found that 61 percent of Evangelicals plan to vote for the President.

But between Christians who attend church at least monthly, the candidates are roughly split, with Trump receiving 46 percent of support whereas Biden is receiving 45 percent of support. Additionally, roughly 6 in 10 White regular churchgoers support President Trump, but Biden has support from 8 in 10 Black regular churchgoers and 6 in 10 Hispanic regular churchgoers. According to Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, the poll shows that “Different ethnic groups are more attuned to specific failures of our country and of specific candidates. One’s ethnicity and political party are more powerful in predicting the vote of someone with evangelical beliefs than their shared religious convictions alone.”

This is one of the lowest dips President Trump has had from evangelical support. The Christian Post attributes it to President Trump’s statements about White supremacy in the presidential debate, where some believed President Trump did not go far enough in denouncing white supremacists.

When asked during the debate if he would outrightly denounce White supremacy, the President responded by saying “sure,” but did not plainly say “I denounce White supremacy.”

President Trump has, however, designated the KKK as a terror organization in an Executive Order and nominated the first African American man in American history to head the U.S. Military.

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46 Percent of White Evangelicals Backing Biden Say Their Close Friends Are Voting for Trump

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John Paluska has been a contributor for Christian Headlines since 2016 and is the founder of The Daily Fodder, a news outlet he relaunched in 2019 as a response to the constant distribution of fake news.

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Great books recommended for Effective Evangelism

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It’s no secret that many evangelicals struggle with doing evangelism. In fact, many will never share their faith with anybody. Here are some practical resources that may help you and your church re-invest in this task:

  1. The Soul Winner by Charles Spurgeon. This compilation of some of Spurgeon’s lectures and addresses is one of my favorite books on personal evangelism. The language may be a bit archaic, but it’s still funny, convicting, and inspiring – all at the same time.
  2. The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman. This book is probably more about discipleship than it is evangelism, but it’s a classic. Its author has illustrated its principles by his own life.
  3. Evangelism Handbook by Alvin Reid. It’s hard to find another single volume that functions as much like an evangelism “toolbox” while still building its case on the Bible and history.
  4. The Complete Evangelism Guidebook by Scott Dawson, ed. This work is another toolbox resource, including dozens of short chapters on how to evangelize particular groups of people (e.g., medical workers, agnostics, etc.).
  5. The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever. This concise work tackles the what, who, why, and how of evangelism.
  6. Becoming a Contagious Christian by Bill Hybels and Mark Mittelberg. The evangelism formula of “High Potency + Close Proximity + Clear Communication = Maximum Impact” makes this book worth reading.
  7. Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman. A good tool to help believers do evangelism by responding to questions with questions, combining theology, methodology, and apologetics – and ultimately pointing to Jesus.
  8. Conspiracy of Kindness by Steve Sjogren. For people who are afraid to do evangelism, perhaps this approach to “servant evangelism” will at least turn their focus outward and get them connected with others.
  9. Mobilizing a Great Commission Church for Harvest by Tom Johnston, editor. This book is a compilation of ideas and strategies from evangelism professors in Southern Baptist seminaries.
  10. Tell the Truth by Will Metzger. Without ignoring the importance of theology, this book is filled with suggestions and practices for doing evangelism. You don’t have to agree with all of it to benefit from it.

I know this list could be much longer. What other practical books do you recommend?

President Trump and First Lady Melania In quarantine amid fear of getting Coronavirus

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News has come in that President Trump and First Lady, Melania, have both tested positive for COVID-19.

Here’s what we know so far…

The President of the USA, Donald Trump and First Lady, Melanie Trump

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Let’s all pray for the Donald Trump and family for speedy recovery. God bless the United States of America.

Coronavirus deaths nears a million as speculations of “a second wave” emerges.

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Nearly 1 million people across the world have died since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and new outbreaks are continuing to crop up.

The World Health Organization has warned that a doubling of that number is “certainly unimaginable, but it’s not impossible,” if countries don’t work together to suppress the virus’ spread.

In the United States, India and Brazil — which account for more than half of all global cases — the pandemic shows no sign of slowing down.

The US, which surpassed 7 million cases on Friday, could see an explosion in Covid-19 infections as fall and winter set in, health experts warn. India, which hit 6 million cases on Monday, isn’t far behind — the country has recorded 5 million infections in the past two months alone. And the pandemic continues to roil South America. Though Brazil is the region’s worst-affected nation, with more than 4.7 million infections, Argentina, Colombia and Peru are recording thousands of new cases daily.

Several countries in Europe are also seeing an increasing trend in case numbers, after lockdown policies were lifted over the summer, contributing to a new surge. Second waves are underway in the United Kingdom, Spain and France.

D.C.’s Ban on Indoor and Outdoor Church Services Triggers Suit from Progressive Congregation

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A prominent Washington, D.C. church filed suit against the city and its mayor Tuesday, seeking to overturn a ban on mass gatherings that prohibits congregations from meeting not only indoors but also outdoors during the pandemic.

The lawsuit by Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC) against Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city’s current ban on in-person church gatherings of more than 100 people violates the church’s rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution’s First and Fifth Amendments, including its rights to assemble and worship without government interference. Prior to the pandemic, the church had around 1,000 attendees on a Sunday. Its pastor, Mark Dever, has authored several books.

According to the Washington Post, the suit, filed in federal court, requests an injunction against the city. Significantly, the suit says the church should be able to meet in D.C. “if conducted with appropriate social distancing practices.”

Under current D.C. rules, the church won’t be able to meet in the city until a vaccine is developed, according to the suit.

The mayor and the city “have specifically and explicitly targeted in-person religious gatherings,” the suit says. Because of that, the restrictions are “not neutral on their face.”

Capitol Hill has been meeting at locations outside the city.

“The Mayor’s orders prohibit gatherings of over 100 people for purposes of worship, even if held outdoors and even if worshippers wear masks and practice appropriate social distancing,” the suit says. “Under the District’s four-stage plan, CHBC’s in-person worship gatherings will be prohibited until scientists develop either a widely-available vaccine or an effective therapy for COVID-19.”

The city has been “discriminatory” in its application of the mass gathering ban because it has allowed protests, the suit says.

“For example, on June 6, 2020, Mayor Bowser appeared personally at an outdoor gathering of tens of thousands of people at the corner of 16th and H Streets, NW and delivered a speech describing the large gathering as ‘wonderful to see.’ Similarly, on four occasions between June and August 2020, the District’s Metropolitan Police Department closed city streets to accommodate protests and marches of thousands to tens of thousands of people,” the suit says. “And only three weeks ago, the Mayor coordinated with organizers of the Commitment March on Washington to ‘re-imagine’ the five-hour event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for several thousand people in attendance to hear an array of speakers.”

Capitol Hill Baptist “takes no issue with Defendants’ decision to permit these gatherings, which are themselves protected by the First Amendment, and the Church supports this exercise of First Amendment rights,” the suit says.

“The Church does, however, take exception to Defendants’ decision to favor certain expressive gatherings over others,” the suit says. “The First Amendment protects both mass protests and religious worship. But Mayor Bowser, by her own admission, has preferred the former over the latter.”

Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, theLeaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Starandthe Knoxville News-Sentinel.

Women in worship ends in style – Ghana

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Women in worship 2020.

Photo credit: Manuel Photography

Yesterday’s edition of women in worship was geared towards the celebration of the pioneers of Gospel music in Ghana. Indeed Gospel music has come far with our legendary gospel artistes laying its foundation. We celebrate our Mothers of Ghanaian gospel music.

The Twin sisters “Tagoe Sisters” were in their element at Women in worship. Their grand entry to the stage received a thunderous applause from the audience. Their ministration was a typical reflection of the statement “ Since the 80’s”.

The energetic Helena Rabbles surprised everyone with an outstanding praise performance. How she thrilled patrons with her energetic performance was simply amazing

“Okura Yemu” hit maker Stella Seal gave us a massive throwback to the 90’s. Her soothing ministration was a great delight.

Amy Newman’s ministration opened a portal of spirit filled worship as she took us down memory lane. Such a joyful moment it was at Women in worship 2020

Legendary Tiwaa thrilled patrons of Yesterday’s Women in worship with spirit filled Music. She pulled up a great ministration with a collaboration with legendary Yaw Sarpong

The great and extraordinary Hannah Marfo still has it! She gave the audience a powerful perspective of ministrations as she blessed the world with her great unforgettable songs.

The great Mama Esther gave us some divine blessings and inspirations. Her songs are one of the reasons we are here today. God used her mightily during Women of worship too!

The gospel sensational, Diana Hamilton has finally released her highly anticipated song “Adom”

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Grace is divine. Grace is unmerited. Grace is sufficient through Jesus.

ADOM is out now. Available in all digital stores

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Family, #AdomGrace is finally here. STREAM, DOWNLOAD & SHARE. Click on link in profile to watch full video on YouTube >> see below for Lyrics Adom (Grace) I don’t look like what I have been through You turned my pit into a well So the essence of my praise Is centred on Your Grace Adom, Adom, W’adom (Grace, Grace, Your Grace) I’ve been through a lot but Grace sustained me My test is now a testimony So the essence of my praise Is centred on your Grace Adom, Adom, W’adom (Grace, Grace, Your Grace) It was you my lawyer in that courtroom It was you my soldier on that battlefield So the essence of my praise Is centred on your Grace Adom, Adom, W’adom (Grace, Grace, Your Grace) Eei, Adom O Nyame, Adom O Adom (Grace O Lord, Grace O Grace) Adom nti na me tease (I’m alive because of Grace) 3y3 W’Adom nti na me wo ho (I’m here because of Your grace) Lord the essence of my praise Is centred on your Grace Adom, Adom, W’adom (Grace, Grace, Your Grace) Eei, Adom O Nyame, Adom O Adom (Grace O Lord, Grace O Grace) Adom nti na me tease (I’m alive because of Grace) Ay3 W’Adom nti na me wo ho (I’m here because of Your grace) Lord the essence of my praise Is centred on your Grace Adom, Adom, W’adom Who has changed my story? Who has given me a song? Turned my mourning into dancing It is you and just your grace You have changed my story Protocol breaker you made a way You turned my mourning into dancing It is You and just Your grace Could not have made it without You Could not have sailed through without You Your Loving kindness, grace and mercy Brought me through So the essence of my praise, is centred on Your grace Adom Adom, W’adom (Grace, Grace, Your Grace) Could not have made it without You Could not have sailed through without You Papa, Your Loving kindness, grace and mercies Brought me through So the essence of my praise, is all centred on Your grace Adom Adom, W’adom (Grace, Grace, Your Grace) Eei, Adom O Nyame, Adom O Adom (Grace O Lord, Grace O Grace) Adom nti na me tease (I’m alive because of Grace) 3y3 W’Adom nti na me wo ho (I’m here because of Your grace) Lord the essence of my praise Is centred on your Grace Adom, Adom, W’adom #AdomGrace

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