I'm reading the next bit of Mark 1. I always get stuck on these parts. Jesus has shown his authority by removing a demon from a man in the synagogue.
Are we expected to show that same authority?
Why don't I do things like that?
Occasionally people interrupt my sermons (I don't discourage it), but I've never wondered if they might have a demon.
Of course not. Somehow demon possession is not something that we encounter in middle-class English-speaking churches.
Are we not able to show these signs of authority because of medical knowledge that heals 'easy diseases' and leaves us with Aids and cancer?
Is there another way? Something that shows clear authority as distinct from arrogance?
There's more to this. I know there is, but I don't know what it is.