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The Gospel License 2 Timothy 2:8-15

The Gospel License

These days, governments issue licenses for everything from driving a car to selling a hot dog on the street. What kind of license does one need to be a worker for the gospel?

At a Glance

You can't do anything these days without a license to do it. Open a restaurant, run a hot dog stand, be a lawyer, be a doctor, teach in school, pull a tooth, drive a car, get married, have a dog, cut hair, prepare taxes, run software, go fishing, go hunting, own a gun. And so on. Then we read here that Paul apparently suggests that we need to be "licensed" by God in order to perform certain Christian duties. Really?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Convert Vision," October 14, 2007, at

It's one of the rites of passage for American teenagers: Navigating the soul-numbing process of going down to the DMV to get that coveted driver's license. There's the written test, of course, followed by the driving test with that serious-looking man checking stuff off on his clipboard as you weave through the cones, demonstrate the proper use of a turn signal and attempt the nerve-wracking feat of parallel parking in...

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