ITNOH Weekly Block Party 7.19.13

Posted on July 19, 2013

Each Friday I’ll mention some thoughts on the week’s news or highlight things I found interesting and invite you to do the same.

  • Zimmerman Trial – There has been and will continue to be a lot of commentary on this trial. There have been continued shouts of injustice and many are calling on the federal government to bring hate crime charges against Zimmerman. This is a tragic situation and one I believe that has challenged our perceptions of justice. It is clear there are no winners in this case and reminds us we are all broken. I hope and pray that as a result, we will have, and continue to have, much needed conversations on race, privilege, and what it means to be each others neighbor. What do you hope comes as a result?
  • Violence in the Old Testament – This can be such a tricky thing to read and reconcile. Dr. Lawson Stone gives seven insights from the book of Judges and what it means for us today.
  • Detroit Files for Bankruptcy – I’m a native Michigander, so it hurts a little more to hear of Detroit as the largest city in US history to file for bankruptcy. Having said that, it seemed as though the options were quite limited. An estimated $18.5 billion in debt is tough to dig out from. This got me wondering what the Church’s response should be to something like this? I’ve heard of churches or individuals moving into Detroit to try and bring about change at the ground level but am not sure I can think of anything specific. Do you have or know of stories of Christians making a difference in Detroit?
  • Trading God for a BrandJohn Meunier mentions an interesting article from Faith & Leadership on the interaction between religion and consumer brands.

Your thoughts on these or other items from the week?