compelling2

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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bronze-gold1

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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integrity

One of the three definitions of “integrity” which the Miriam-Webster dictionary offers is this: “adherence to a high moral standard.”  I would like to consider that word in the light of the topic of “dissent.” 

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