Journey Through Lent: Day 8

I absolutely love Harry Potter. I’ve read all the books, seen all the movies (multiple times), and I continue to be enamored of the stories. I read broadly, from James Joyce to John Irving, but I don’t return again and again to any other books the way I return to Harry Potter. Which is why the harshest criticism I ever received about one of my sermons is especially memorable to me. One Sunday I talked about Harry Potter briefly in a sermon, and preached about how the books gave examples of some of the best qualities to which Christian believers … Continue reading Journey Through Lent: Day 8

“Here I Stand” – Sermon for March 11, 2012

John 2:13-22 2:13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2:14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 2:15 Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 2:16 He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 2:17 His disciples remembered that it was … Continue reading “Here I Stand” – Sermon for March 11, 2012