Tennessee Pastor Tackles Gunman
As Nashville pastor Ezekiel Ndikumana was praying with parishioners, a man at the front of his church pulled a gun out and pointed it at the congregation. The pastor, who has been called a hero, said God told him what to do. He leapt into action, as video shows Ndikumana on camera tackling the gun-wielding man into the aisle. He held him down until police arrived at the scene. The incident led to the arrest of Dezire Baganda, 26, who police said faces more than a dozen felony aggravated assault charges. Read more about this heroic pastor here.
Broadway Star Says He Was Fired For Being A Christian
A Tony-nominated Broadway star is suing the hit show “Come From Away,” alleging that he was fired for his Christian beliefs. Chad Kimball claims in a new lawsuit that the popular musical’s production company “unlawfully terminated [him] wholly or partly because [his] religious beliefs simply made them uncomfortable.” Kimball describes himself in the court documents as “a devout and practicing Christian. He says it all happened after Kimball tweeted his opposition to the ban on singing in churches saying in part, “Respectfully, I will never allow a Governor, or anyone, to stop me from SINGING, let alone sing in worship to my God. Read more about the firing here.
Seminaries Sue Biden Over Vaccine Mandate
Two prominent evangelical seminaries are challenging the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate in federal court. Attorneys for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Asbury Theological Seminary filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit alleging the rules violate the religious freedom of the seminaries. Al Mohler, president of Southern Seminary, said the two schools had “no choice but to push back against this intrusion of the government into matters of conscience and religious conviction.” Read more about the lawsuit here.
Students Sing To Teacher With Stage 4 Cancer
A Big Bend teacher battling stage 4 cancer received a heartwarming surprise from her young students. Carol Mack has taught first and second grade at Christ Lutheran School in Big Bend for 45 years. According to a news release from Aurora Health Care, Mack’s cancer has advanced and instead of returning to her classroom, she needs hospice care. 1st through 4th graders lined up outside the hospital entrance where Mack was there to greet her current and former students, including some of their parents whom she also taught, and hear the kids sing worship songs to her before saying goodbye. Read more of this touching serenade here.