Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib Calls for ‘No More Policing’ following the Shooting Death of Daunte Wright

Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib Calls for ‘No More Policing’ following the Shooting Death of Daunte Wright

On Monday, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) called for “no more policing” after a 20-year-old Black man named Daunte Wright was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer on Sunday.

According to The Daily Wire, Wright was pulled over for expired license plate tags. Shortly after obtaining his I.D., the officers realized that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest because of a weapon’s charge and running from police.

As police sought to handcuff Wright, he immediately broke free and got back into his car when a policewoman shot him, despite reportedly thinking she was using a taser.

Wright sped off and crashed several streets away, where he died.

During a news conference on Monday, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Gannon explained that the officer mistook the gun for a taser.

“It is my belief the officer meant to deploy their Taser but shot him with a single bullet,” he explained, adding that, “There’s nothing I can say to lessen the pain.”

On Monday, Tlaib posted a tweet arguing that the shooting was intentional.

“It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist,” she wrote. “Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government-funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed.”

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) expressed similar sentiments, asserting that police cannot be reformed.

“From slave patrols to traffic stops. We can’t reform this”, tweeted Pressley.

Wright’s death sparked violent protests in which local officials, including in the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, enforced overnight curfews, BBC News reported. Tensions have already been high in Minneapolis as the trial of Derek Chauvin, the officer accused of killing George Floyd last year, continues.

Meanwhile, the policewoman who shot Wright was placed on administrative leave. An investigation behind the incident is currently underway.

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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.

Representative Dan Crenshaw Requests Prayers following Emergency Eye Surgery

Representative Dan Crenshaw Requests Prayers following Emergency Eye Surgery

Texas Representative Dan Crenshaw (R) is requesting prayers after he received emergency eye surgery, CBN News reports.

Crenshaw shared that he initially went to the doctor after he noticed strange black spots in his vision. From there, doctors reportedly discovered that his retina was separating from his existing eye. 

In a press release posted to Twitter, Crenshaw wrote, “A few days ago, I noticed some dark, blurry spots in my vision. I went to get this checked out by an ophthalmologist on Thursday, and they discovered that my retina was detaching. This is a terrifying prognosis for someone with one eye and the nature of the injuries I sustained in Afghanistan.”

Crenshaw was rushed into emergency surgery to remedy the problem.

The surgery reportedly went fine, but the congressman will be out of commission for a while.

“I am sorry to inform everyone that I will be pretty much off the grid for the next few weeks. … My congressional offices in Washington, D.C. and Houston will continue to operate, and any constituent needing assistance with casework can still call my offices for help. I have gotten through worse before, and I will get through this,” he said in a statement.

Crenshaw has built a reputation as a pro-Veteran, pro-military conservative who is against communism and China taking over the United States. He is an ex-Nave-Seal who was deployed in Fallujah, Iraq, to be a part of Seal Team Three. He had five deployments overseas. His father was a successful businessman, and he traveled all over the country with his family.

Crenshaw lost one of his eyes in an IED blast in Iraq, where he awoke after losing consciousness. He was originally told he would be completely blind in both eyes, but he regained sight in one of his eyes. He retired from the SEALS in 2016 and shortly thereafter became a Congressional Representative.

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

Pastor Voddie Baucham Is Recovering Well following Quadruple Bypass Surgery

Pastor Voddie Baucham Is Recovering Well following Quadruple Bypass Surgery

Popular preacher Voddie Baucham is currently recovering from quadruple bypass surgery after enduring a near-fatal battle with heart failure in recent months.

Baucham, who serves as dean of theology at African Christian University in Zambia, posted an update last month following a “very successful heart surgery”. In the update, he shared that there was no need for a heart transplant.

However, a Baucham spokesperson told The Christian Post last Friday that doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Florida, where Baucham was being treated, had “discovered another blockage in Voddie’s heart” and that another surgery was needed.

“It was determined that he must have another procedure this weekend to deal with the blockage,” the spokesperson said. “Please pray for Voddie and his doctors as he undergoes this new procedure. We expect to have the next update on his condition early next week.”

Prior to the announcement, Baucham was set to conduct a two-week tour to promote his newly released book, Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe, which has since been canceled.

On Tuesday, Tom Ascol, the Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida and the President of Founder’s Ministries, posted an update after Baucham had quadruple bypass surgery on Monday.

“Quick Update on @VoddieBaucham He came through quad bypass surgery well late last night; had a good night; has been awake & responsive,” Ascol tweeted. “Next 24-36 hours are crucial. Thank you for praying. He has a long road of recovery ahead. Praise God for His mercies on display!”

In a follow-up post on Thursday, Ascol announced that Baucham was released from the ICU and will begin some physical therapy.

“He is stable & beginning some mild PT,” he wrote. “Please pray for his continued improvement, that his pain would diminish, & that the Lord would continue to strengthen & encourage his wife and children.”

Throughout Baucham’s health battle, Ascol set up a GoFundMe account to cover the medical expenses. The fundraiser has since raised over $1.4 million.


Dr. Voddie Baucham Says He Almost Died amid Heart Failure Diagnosis

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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.

20 Quotes from Jen Wilkin on the Ten Commandments

The following quotes caught my attention as I read Jen Wilkin’s insightful new book Ten Words to Live By: Delighting in and Doing What God Commands (Crossway, 2021). For a limited time, it is on sale for only $7.49 through the TGCW21 bookstore.

The first word [she uses this synonymously with “commandment”] serves as the umbrella statement for the other nine. If we obeyed the first word, we would automatically obey the others. (28)

The second word portrays idol worship as progressive: do not make, do not bow down, do not serve. The second word portrays idol worship as contagious, causing trouble for generation after generation. The second word portrays God as zealous for his glory: deeply committed to being worshiped as he deserves. His jealousy is right and righteous because it is inflamed by the denial of what is rightly his. (34)

Any time we take the attributes of the gods the world around us worships and apply them to God to make him more palatable and less threatening, more accommodating and less thunderous, we produce a graven image. We whittle down his transcendence, we paint over his sovereignty, we chisel away his omnipotence until he is a pet-like version of the terrible pagan god we would never be so foolish as to bow down to. (39)

To misuse the name of the Lord—to take his name in vain—is to misrepresent the character of God. . . . Doing so misuses his reputation to suit our own ends, speaks of or to him without accuracy or due respect, and miscredits him for self-serving actions done in his name. To misuse the name of God is to commit an act of defamation against Yahweh himself. (49–50)

More than the deliberate cessation of work for the purpose of decompressing, Sabbath is the deliberate cessation of any activity that might reinforce my belief in my own self-sufficiency. In contrast to cultural ideas of rest marked by self-care, Sabbath rest is marked by self-denial. (65)

There is no such thing as a noncommunal sin, and there is no such thing as a noncommunal obedience. . . . Personal sin always results in collateral damage. . . . Personal obedience always results in collateral benefit. (68)

We remember the letter of the Sabbath command by resting from labor. We remember the heart of the Sabbath command by laboring for the rest of others. (70)

The fifth word is the hinge point in the Decalogue at which the discussion of showing honoring moves from God (1–4) to human authorities (5) to one another (6–10). . . . The Ten Commandments deal with matters of heavenly submission, earthly submission, and mutual submission—in that order. (76, 77)

Because the church is the family of God, we need be at no loss for fathers and mothers to honor. Nor need we be at a loss for spiritual orphans to parent. If your family of origin was a painful one, the family of God can be a haven and a recompense. If your family of origin was a happy one, how much more so the family of God? (83)

It is not just the pace that changes with the sixth word, but the focus. Having given five exhortations to honor God and elders, the Ten Words now turn their attention to the business of honoring one another as fellow image bearers. We progress from discussion of how we relate to our heavenly Parent, to our earthly parents (human authorities), to our brothers and sisters (our neighbors). Essentially, the last five words will speak to the proper treatment of siblings. (89–90)

Contempt may win followers, but it is not pastoral. It masquerades as righteous anger, but it is, in fact, self-serving and self-elevating. It may make a point, but it always has a victim. (96)

Lust itself is an act of contempt, reducing someone to a source of sexual gratification and nothing more. If the sixth command prohibited regarding our neighbor as expendable, the seventh prohibits regarding our neighbor as consumable. (102)

Satan has succeeded in convincing believers that lust is just something to be managed instead of something to be slain. (105)

Our offending eyes and hands and feet and ears and lips and tongues and noses serve at the pleasure of our hearts. What our hearts delight to do, our members rush to accomplish. (106)

Delight yourself in lawlessness, and your disordered desires will govern you. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you new desires. (109)

There are two ways of living: as a taker or as a giver. When it comes to matters of wealth, do you perceive yourself as a terminus or a distribution point? If a terminus, you will labor without rest to acquire that which you cannot keep. If a distribution point, you will labor to give away that which was never truly yours to begin with. When we hear others praying for their daily bread, does it occur to us that we might be the means by which that bread is supplied? (120)

While flattery, silence, and misattribution are the subtle pickpockets of reputation, reviling stands in the lobby of First Reputation Bank spraying bullets and sacking the vault. In the modern church, perhaps nothing attests more to our current levels of biblical illiteracy than our casual, thoughtless, and frequent commission of the sin of reviling. (128)

When the good name of our neighbor is run through the mud, the silence of his friends can be as brutalizing as the reviling of his enemies. We must not use the command to be slow to speak as an excuse for never speaking (James 1:19). God help us if we claim to be wise in our silence, when in fact we are masking cowardice. . . . There are times when we are unsure whether to speak or remain silent. But if we know our words are needed and yet withhold them, we are as guilty of bearing false witness as the reviler who began the lie. . . . Who trades in sinful silence? Satan. He likes nothing better than the silence of those who know they should speak. When we silence truth-tellers, or remain silent ourselves when called to speak courageously, we conform to Satan’s image instead of to the image of Christ. When false witnesses speak  against our neighbor, we must speak up to bear true witness on their behalf. (131, 132–33)

Idol-making, Sabbath-breaking, dishonoring authority, murder, theft, adultery, and slander can all be identified by an onlooker, but not so covetousness. Covetousness hides in the heart. The Ten Words progress from “Don’t do it” to “Don’t say it” to “Don’t even think about it.” (139–40)

The Bible provides us a lengthy cautionary tale about comparison to our neighbor. We might title it “Keeping Up with the Canaanites.” It shows us that Israel as a whole soon forgot the tenth word in a rush to compare with her neighbors. In a scene that reads like a middle schooler asking for the latest pair of shoes, Israel asks God to give her a king like the other nations. God decides to teach his people contentment the hard way, by giving them what they want. (144)

The great loss of a covetous life is that it keeps love of self as our primary concern. . . . What is more like Satan than to want what belongs to another? (147)