Last month students at a school in West Branch, Michigan, voted one of their classmates, Whitney Kropp, onto the homecoming court as a prank. Kropp considered not attending the ceremony at the school’s homecoming football game but instead decided to stand up to her bullies. Many of her peers and other people in the community rallied around her, and she walked onto the field last weekend to thunderous applause. We often talk about the damage done by bullies, but we don’t always talk about how we should respond to them. LinC looks at how to answer bullies with the strength of God’s love and the Holy Spirit. Key Scriptures: Matthew 5:1-16; Romans 12:9-21; 2 Corinthians 4:7-12.
Frankenweenie, Tim Burton’s feature-length adaptation of his 1984 stop-motion animation short film of the same name, opened in theaters last week to critical acclaim. The movie tells the story of a boy named Victor who uses his scientific know-how to bring his beloved dog, Sparky, back to life. Anyone who has experienced loss can identify with Victor’s refusal to let go of Sparky.
As Christians we believe in eternal life through Christ. But this hope doesn’t make our grief following the death of a loved one any less painful. Next week LinC talks about grief and mourning and what it means for us to serve One who is God not “of the dead but of the living.”