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If grace is true...

What do you say to your brother on the night before his execution?

It was Maundy Thursday. An unusually large crowd sat quietly in the sanctuary of North Riverdale Lutheran Church, Dayton, Ohio. Many of them knew the Mink family.They knew the family’s story only too well—it had been in the papers and on TV for five years. But they’d heard little since last July when Scott was executed for killing his parents. And they’d never heard his older brother Bill’s version: "Good evening. I want to tell you a story, a story about God’s grace in action."


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