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Self-Parking Car Hit a Pedestrian: Do we really need to turn everything over to Technology?


Volvo has recently released a new model with the technology of a self-driving vehicle. With its release, it reveals that there are a few modifications that are still needed as it plows through a standing journalist. This may be an indication that it would be better for us to be able to drive our own vehicles. God has called us to rule down here and not give our authority over to computers or technology. Watch the release of the technology, the devastating outcome, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: technology, self-driving car, Volvo, authority, and computers. Greg and John shared in this segment.

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Calling All Media Interns! 

    When a recent Film Festival received a submission regarding the question, “what is freedom?” they were presently surprised when they received a submission from a young woman named Grace. Her submission reveals the potential of media talent and creativity that are in the hearts of so many who desire to have the ability to share with the world. Watch the full video submission and hear how you can apply your media desires with the possibilities of a VFN Internship, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: Film Festivals, Freedom, VFN Internships, and the Media Mountain. Greg and John shared in this segment.

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Riveting, Captivating and Shockingly Honest Talk Given by Bryan Stevenson: The Cry for Justice

   Of all the worship that is offered up to God, the book of Amos reveals that it is justice that God desires to receive. “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream”– Amos 5:24. As we seek the understanding of what it means to desire this justice, as well as the cry of the acts of injustice, we get a profound visualization of what this looks like when we look at a recent presentation by Bryan Stevenson at a TED talk. Bryan Stevenson is the Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama and a powerful voice for the voiceless.

Stevenson shares about his own experiences from the many encounters he has had with those that many would not pay attention to. “I spend most of my time in very low-income communities in the projects and places where there’s a great deal of hopelessness.” As Stevenson shares how he grew up, in his own words; “in a traditional African American household”, it was the words of his grandmother that still have a lasting effect on him as a man nearly 50 years later. It was these words that shaped the man who he is today. Because of the actions and choices in his life, because of the words his grandmother shared with him as a young boy, Stevenson shares that an identity is shaped and power that comes with the choices and lives that we live. “When we create the right kind of identity, we can say things to the world around us that they don’t actually believe makes sense. We can get them to do things that they don’t think they can do.”

With the experiences and people that Stevenson has encountered in his life and career, he has come face to face with some staggering realities within America that reveal the realities of injustice in America. Some of these are:

-One out of three black men between the ages of 18 and 30 is in jail, in prison, on probation or parole.

-The United States is the only country in the world where we sentence 13 year old children to die in prison.

-We have life imprisonment without parole for kids in this country.

-50-60% of all young men of color are in jail or prison or on probation or parole.

-In the states of the Old South, we execute people – where you’re 11 times more likely to get the death penalty if the victim is white than if the victim is black, 22 times more likely to get it if the defendant is black and the victim is white.

Stevenson describes much of these truths that take place and the apparent “disconnect” that is taking place. As Stevenson shares with his students about the history of the African Americans, it encompasses slavery. He gives an empathetic understanding of what it must have been like, “that was an era defined by terror. In many communities, people had to worry about being lynched. They had to worry about being bombed. It was the threat of terror that shaped their lives.” For the present day America, most are familiar with the daily threat of terrorism and looming pressures of possibilities of terrorism affecting someone’s life.
 


Stevenson continues to share about the impact of these encounters and how our ideas can bring change. He also recounts an experience of being able to simply listen to a conversation with Rosa Parks and friends as they gathered and shared with one another. Stevenson gets it. He understands a life lived out to be a voice for the voiceless. As the Church, we are called to be those that are known by our love and those who cry out for justice. Be deeply impacted and encouraged as you listen and hear the full discussion, and so much more. Greg and John shared in this segment.

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