Substitute preacher

I had the honor of preaching at my church this morning—Second Presbyterian Church of Oil City. Our beloved pastor left to explore his new path in ministry, so now we’re looking for a new one. In the meantime, we elders are taking turns at the pulpit.

My sermon was about Luke 8:26 – 39—Jesus healing the Gerasene demoniac. As you might have guessed, there were lots of visuals.


9 responses to “Substitute preacher

  1. Hi John,
    Wow, sounds like you had a great time! Love the drawings! We really miss you at PSI events…
    Hey, I was just wondering if you wouldn’t mind forwarding my Kickstarter project link to anyone up in Oil City who might be interested in participating?

    Thanks in advance,


  2. Wow, that is awesome! Is there anywhere online where I could watch or listen to a recording of the sermon? Those are some great sketches and I’d love to know how you used them.


    • Thanks! Mercifully, there isn’t a recording of the sermon! Really, I was just pitching in; I’m not a preacher by any stretch. The drawings I show in this post were there to support 2 points: 1) Gerasa was a town of Hellenized (Greek-culture) Jews—a holdover from the conquest of Alexander 300-some years earlier—which explains why they were eating pork in the middle of Israel. I raised the possibilty that Jesus allowed the demons to possess the swine as a rebuke to the townspeople who had forsaken God and His dietary laws. 2) Exorcising the demoniac came at great cost. I figured the cost in terms of raising pigs and taking them to market in today’s dollars. It was meant to be a light-hearted way of demonstrating that even at a high worldly price, salvation of the man’s soul was infinitely more valuable.


  3. Pingback: Another shot at the pulpit | John Manders' Blog

  4. You are so creative thanks for sharing with us at Second Press. Susan Wilkinson


  5. Hello – Do you sell prints of your drawings? I especially like the cartoon goose…


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