The Professor's Desk

Selling the Gospel Short

Prof. Jonathan L. Walton

Sermon by Jonathan L. Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church of Harvard University, for the Memorial Church's Sunday Worship Service. Photo by Jeffrey Blackwell/Memorial Church Communications

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The Inconvenience of Truth

Jonathan L. WaltonSermon by Jonathan L. Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church of Harvard University, for the Memorial Church's Sunday Worship Service. Photo by Jeffrey Blackwell/Memorial Church Communications

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Stay Woke!

Jonathan L. WaltonSermon by Jonathan L. Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church of Harvard University, for the Memorial Church's Sunday Worship Service. Photo by Jeffrey Blackwell/Memorial Church Communications

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Rewriting History, Part I of III

Prof. Jonathan L. WaltonSermon by Jonathan L. Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church of Harvard University, for the Memorial Church's Sunday Worship Service. 

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“Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.” Exodus 1:8

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The book of Exodus is one of the most famous literary works of human history. It’s the second book of the Pentateuch, the term for the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. It picks up where the legend of Genesis ends. The book’s primary protagonist has become the archetype of moral courage, and a political paragon of anti-oppression. His name is Moses.... Read more about Rewriting History, Part I of III

Tough Talk from Weak Men

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“The past is not dead. It’s not even the past.” –William Faulkner

 

Last week the President of the United States employed tough talk in response to the escalating tension with North Korea. “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump declared from his New Jersey golf resort. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Diplomats from many sides found his threat troubling. Yet rather than toning down his rhetoric, the President took to twitter to declare that the United States is “locked and loaded.” One might call this his John Wayne approach to international relations.... Read more about Tough Talk from Weak Men

Monday Morning Motivation, August 7, 2017

A simple yet powerful prayer

Many scholars have written on prayer. Countless sermons have extolled its virtues. But few theologians or preachers have written as simply, beautifully or effectively as the writer Anne Lamott. Her book Help, Thanks, Wow: Three Essential Prayers gets right to the point. Prayer is not about fancy phrases, or so-called "deep" recitations. But rather it's just about assuming a posture of humility, gratitude and wonder. In prayer there is no need to front like we've got it all together. Nor should we act as if the things that we have accomplished are solely a result of our own power and might. So, when we come before God acknowledging our own limitations, our need for help, and appreciation for the things God has already accomplished, large and small, it should leave us singing, "God, you are a wonder to my soul!" That's a powerful prayer!