Jerry Responds & Gen Z

Friday, January 26, 2018

Highlights For The Week Of January 22, 2018

Unintended Consequences—Jerry Responds
This week I mentioned an experiment Starbucks was trying at one of their stores, only accepting payment via their mobile app, or a credit, debit or gift card. That led to some well thought out responses. Here’s the original statement.

And here’s me sharing the responses I received.

And The Winner Is
After a week of online voting, Krispy Kreme has announced the winning flavor for it’s soon-to-be-available, limited-time-only glaze. It’s lemon! Lemon took 36% of the vote, followed by caramel with 26%, blueberry at 20% and maple with 18%. According to Krispy Kreme the lemon glazed donuts will be available this spring “for an entire week” at participating shops.

Spring Shopping
Most of us may not think of spring as a big shopping season. But for home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s, spring is their busiest time of year. And both of those chains are hiring over the next few weeks. Home Depot says it will hire 1,200 part-time and seasonal workers in the Atlanta area alone while Lowe’s will hire 1,000. Find the online applications here: Home DepotLowe’s.

Music Video Of The Week
Here’s the latest video from Zach Williams, “Fear Is A Liar.”

Let’s Talk About Gen Z
I have a little trouble keeping all of these different names for the generations straight. The most recent designation is Gen Z (who comes up with these names?). These are people born between 1999 and 2015. So they’re anywhere from 3 – 19 years old. Two stories about this generation were in the news this week.

A group of cheerleaders at a public high school in Texas took their school system to court back in 2012. The cheerleaders, most of them Christians, had been making run-through banners for the school’s football games. They usually painted inspirational slogans and scripture verses on the banners. Until the Freedom From Religion Foundation found out about it and threatened to sue the school system. The school system caved in to the pressure and told the cheerleaders they couldn’t write Bible verses on the banners any more. The girls and their parents sued and this week a US Court of Appeals ruled in their favor.

Meanwhile At UConn
The University of Connecticut had an event that featured what some believe to be a politically controversial speaker. So in advance of the event the administration emailed the student body saying, in part, “We understand that even the thought of an individual coming to campus with the views (this speaker) expresses can be concerning and even hurtful.”

Gen Z Atheists
The Barna Group just released a report about Gen Z, faith and religion. I share one of the charts from that report here. Click here to read the rest. And be sure to pray for your church’s youth workers, their jobs are not getting any easier.

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