by Lindsey Funtik, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministries, Ashland First United Methodist Church, Ashland, Ohio and Pastor at Polk United Methodist Church, Polk, Ohio.
“But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you” (Acts 3:14-16)
I cannot tell a lie. Despite the fact that I love reading, and even went on to earn a degree in English, I did not always read assigned texts quite as closely as I should. In fact, my student days equipped me with an uncanny ability to discuss a single sentence, chosen randomly, at length. It turns out that my ability to talk without ceasing fooled teachers into believing I had actually read the whole book. More honesty: I would be lying if I said I wasn’t just ever so slightly proud of that skill.