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What do you make of the tragic shootings in Charleston? Was the killer a “sick” individual? A recent USA TODAY guest editorialist and presidential candidate, Ben S. Carson, said, “Let’s call this sickness what it is, so we can get on with the healing.” “Is this killer a sick individual? 

 

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In Luke’s record of The Great Banquet, featuring those who gave excuses why they could not attend, the master’s final command to his servant is thought-provoking: “Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in (Lk 14:23).” Perhaps you recall it from other translations as “and compel them to come in.” 

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While listening to a sermon on the bronze serpent this past Lenten season, a thought came to me: in Numbers God instructs Moses to make a bronze snake and put it on a pole so that when the Israelites looked at it, their poisonous snake bites would be healed. 

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