July 7, 2008

Timothy Wright and His Family Have Experienced a Tragic Accident.

by @ 11:18 am. Filed under Rest in Peace

While those lost are present with the Lord, it saddens us here that they are no longer with their grandfather and husband.

Church Shaken by Crash That Took Pastor?s Kin

The 11:30 a.m. service at Grace Tabernacle Christian Center in Brooklyn seemed like most others there. Sunday school had just let out, and the parade of white-brimmed hats began to fill the pews. The artificial shrubs were dusted off and the maroon recliners moved into place. The cymbals crashed, and the churchgoers began to dance and sing enthusiastically.

But as the breakneck tempos built, three voices were noticeably missing. One was that of the Rev. Timothy D. Wright, the church?s founding pastor and an award-winning gospel singer, who lay in a hospital bed more than 150 miles away after being critically injured in a car crash on Friday. His wife and co-pastor at the church, Betty, 58, was killed in the accident, the authorities said. The couple?s 14-year-old grandson, D. J. Wright, who was also in the car during the accident, died on Saturday night.

Hundreds of church and community members came to Grace Tabernacle in Crown Heights on Sunday to pray for their pastor and pay tribute to Betty Wright and D. J.

Despite the absence of Pastor Wright, 61, and his wife, the service went on. Hundreds of admirers streamed into the church all day; many cheered, ?He is not dead!? And, they spoke of the day when he would again walk past the pews and take charge of the pulpit.

They reflected solemnly on Betty Wright?s death, saying that her impromptu humor and sweet smile gave a sense of belonging to members of the church, which is affiliated with the Church of God in Christ.

(Hat tip to reader Andre.)

May Timothy Wright’s wife and grandson rest in peace in Christ and he recover swiftly.

The Lord’s will be done.

June 27, 2008

BJ Ellis Has Passed Away

by @ 1:00 am. Filed under Rest in Peace

A small number of you may know of BJ Ellis of the BJ Ellis Show. I just received word that he passed away yesterday morning.

He encountered some sudden renal failure and had to enter a hospice recently, where he was till his passing.

Given BJ was so young (in about his 30s like myself) it’s unusual for someone of his age to no longer be with us. But although he is gone, it is better to be with the Lord, 2 Corinthians 5:1-8.

It was good to know BJ as a personal friend.

BJ will be missed given he is no longer here with us, but I pray his soul rest in peace with the Lord.

Below are all posts on this blog that referenced his show:

June 19, 2007

Will the Civil Rights Industry Speak Against Illegal Immigration Now?

by @ 5:47 pm. Filed under Illegal Aliens, Rest in Peace

Given a Black woman (Joycelyn Gardiner) has now been killed by a drunk illegal alien? Not the first and certainly won’t be the last to die at the hands of someone in our country illegally. If helping Blacks who are here following the law matters to the Civil Rights Industry, will they now speak up against illegal immigration? Don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen.

This case has been the talk all across the middle Tennessee region since it was announced. Those who have been against illegal immigration note every person killed around here by illegals regardless of race, the number is high and crosses all professions and backgrounds. It is often I turn on the radio hearing about such an occurrence and it has happened yet again.

It’s nice to know that some seem to care if I would die at the hands of an illegal alien, but it’s certainly not members of the Civil Rights Industry.

Here we have a Black woman college athlete, on her way to law school, who is now dead, but the Civil Rights Industry finds no profit in speaking on her behalf, because she died at the hands of an illegal. I hope Black people see where the true allegiance of the Civil Rights Industry lies!

May 17, 2007

About Jerry Falwell, Christians and the Republican Party

by @ 4:44 pm. Filed under Rest in Peace, The Truth Shall Set you Free!

I was not going to speak on the passing of Jerry Falwell. Sometimes you’ve got to know when you don’t have the best words and it’s not the right time for them. As for what I know of him I feel certain that Reverend Falwell rest in peace with the Lord. However, there are some matters we Christians need to put into proper focus. I have found that Cal Thomas is a man who the Lord Jesus Christ has obviously anointed with words that are most fitting for this moment. I agree with his commentary on this matter, that I encourage you to read in full. I’m offering excerpts here that I feel must be highlighted.

The legacy of Jerry Falwell by Cal Thomas

As a vice president of the Moral Majority from 1980 to 1985, I witnessed the rise of this movement from the inside. It had its positives, including a focus on “moral issues,” such as abortion, same-sex marriage, a strong national defense and the cultural decline of the nation and the registering of many previously inactive people to participate in the political life of their nation. All of these remain hot-button issues.

The movement also had its downside, because it tended to detract from a Christian’s primary responsibility of telling people the “good news” that redemption comes only through Jesus Christ. At times, this central message seemed to be replaced by one suggesting that a shortcut to moral renewal might come through Washington and the Republican Party.

Mainstream media loved the story of Christian conservatives coming out of the political catacombs, because it created controversy.

It was the high court’s 1973 abortion ruling, however, that became the tipping point for religious conservatives.

The flaw in the movement was the perception that the church had become an appendage to the Republican Party and one more special interest group to be pampered. If one examines the results of the Moral Majority’s agenda, little was accomplished in the political arena and much was lost in the spiritual realm, as many came to believe that to be a Christian meant you also must be “converted” to the Republican Party and adopt the GOP agenda and its tactics.

One had only to look at the history of the religious left to see the danger in a shotgun marriage between church and state. Most liberal theologians long ago gave up preaching about another king and another kingdom in favor of baptizing the earthly agenda of the Democratic Party. That too many conservative Christians followed their liberal opposites into the same error was to their shame and demonstrated they had missed an important lesson.

Jerry liked to say that when he passed away, they’d put “and the beggar died” on his tombstone because he was constantly asking for money. That won’t happen. His legacy will be his university. He once said he wanted it to be like Harvard. All of the rest is “wood, hay and stubble.”

While on political matters I disagree with Mr. Thomas’ thoughts on Mitt Romney, Cal and I both understand that we should not allow earthly politics to overshadow our work in spreading the message of Jesus Christ.

With Falwell gone, I’m just praying that this guy does not get more attention.

April 5, 2007

Eddie Robinson, Rest in Peace

by @ 5:51 pm. Filed under Rest in Peace

It’s hard to find men like him any more!

One wife, one job.

Eddie Robinson, you defined the word “legend” and I pray you soul rest in peace with the Lord.

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