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The Bad Samaritan Luke 10:25-37

The Bad Samaritan

Do you believe in the kindness of strangers? Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan invites us to consider it part of our calling.

Ever left your cell phone on a bus? Your wallet in a cab?

If you have, you probably can viscerally remember the sense of panic.

For a lot of us, our cell phones are a microcosmic representation of our whole lives. Think about all the phone numbers and contact information, pictures, calendared appointments and text messages you have stored in there. Granted, if you back it up often on your computer or with your wireless carrier, it shouldn’t be a big deal. But, given the fact that many people are too busy to make a backup plan and too cheap to buy the phone insurance, losing one’s phone is still the equivalent of leaving one’s life on a subway seat.

Ashton Giese knows this. The Defense Department analyst was on his way home when he inadvertently dropped his cell phone on a Washington, D.C., street. When he discovered that his electronic life was missing, he frantically began dialing the cell’s number from another phone. He didn’t even know what time it was because, like a lot of...

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