MUSINGS – July 11 20


Acts 4:8-14
Then Peter, because he was filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and leaders of the people, today you are cross-examining us about the good we did for a crippled man. You want to know how he was made aware of because of the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth.

You crucified Jesus Christ, but God has brought him back to life. He is the stone that the builders rejected, the stone that has become the cornerstone. No one else can save us. Indeed, we can be saved only by the power of the one named Jesus and not by any other person.”

After they found out that Peter and John had no education or special training, they were surprised to see how boldly they spoke. They realized that these men had been with Jesus. When they saw the man who was healed standing with Peter and John, they couldn’t say anything against the two apostles.”

The religious / political leaders spent years in training under a recognized master. And here come two uneducated untrained (or so they thought) fisherman performing deeds of power that they could not duplicate. And they wanted to know how they were doing it.

Jesus, a carpenter, was asked, “What gives you the right to do these things? Who told you that you could do this?”*

We live in a society of laws, rules, and regulations. Iowa law even regulates babysitters, whether they are licensed or not. Job interviewers ask, “What level of education do you have? What special training do you do you have? What degrees do you have?”

I have been preaching for a decade or more and yet I’m not ordained clergy. I have training and I am a Certified Lay Speaker through the United Methodist Church. Yet I’m not licensed to perform weddings or several other functions that clergy perform.

I’m often asked to officiate a wedding. But I decline because it would not be deemed legal under our laws. Why don’t I go online and get a licence? There are free licenceing sites that don’t even require you to have any particular religious beliefs. But I have too much respect for those who devote years of their lives studying for the clergy to take the shirt cut.

So, how do I answer those who ask, “What gives you the right to do these things? Who told you that you could do this?” By the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth, who commanded all of his followers, “So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to do everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20

*Mark 11:27-28

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