Harry Potter and the Hogwart’s VBS

I love seeing kids captivated and engaged!! So how brilliant is this church in Colorado Springs… by embracing popular culture and creating the “Potter Project” they have captured the hears and minds of kids who may otherwise never have heard the gospel!

One of the best ways of reaching my kids and getting their attention is to talk about what is happening in their world right now. WHATEVER that happens to be… if it’s Harry Potter or Star Wars… i’ll use it.

Here is a report from christianitytoday.com:

“After five record-breaking books and three successful movies, Harry Potter has secured his seat among the most beloved heroes of youth pop culture. But with the recent release of author J.K. Rowling’s sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, some in the church are still unsure what to make of the winsome wizard. Many church leaders, including Pope Benedict, have condemned Harry Potter, but at least one church, in a controversial move, embraced him. Their example raises a larger question: To what extent should the church embrace popular culture in order to reach lost people?

Kelly and Tosha Williams started Vanguard Church in Colorado Springs eight years ago with the goal of using popular culture to attract people to Christ. But when the church created a vacation Bible school based on the Harry Potter books in 2003, they attracted a lot of media attention and criticism. With the release of the newest Pottter book, their VBS story was told again on national television. So we spoke with Tosha Williams, creator of the “Potter Project” at Vanguard, about the issue of using popular culture to accomplish the church’s mission.”

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  1. Bob Bretscher says

    Using witchcraft which is forbidden by Scripture to teach the Gospel which is commanded by Scripture? What could they be thinking? These people have the spiritual discernment of a rock.

  2. Bob Bretscher says

    The question before us is not whether adults think there is a difference. The question is will the kids understand the difference? Educators inform us that up to a certain age kids think “concretely” i.e. they do not understand subtleties like “real witchcraft” and “fictional witchcraft.”

    Do we dare ignore Jesus’ warning in Matthew 18:6 (repeated in Mark and Luke for emphasis): “whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millsotne be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea”?

  3. says

    Genious. Wish I had thought of this. I love how she said that instead of a book burning let’s embrace what kids are learning. Keep the good stuff coming.

  4. Bob Bretscher says

    Perhaps you can show me where book burning was recommended in comments 1 & 3? Over-the-top rhetoric like that doesn’t absolve anyone of the responsibility for protecting innocent children. The Bible, not J. K. Rowling, is the authority in the life and ministry of someone who is truly born-again. It is the Word of God, not the word of man, that determines what is and is not “good stuff.” And, as teachers, we will be held personally accountable for obedience to His Word (James 3:1). Let’s take another look at what the Word of God has to say about it, this time from the Book of Mark: “And whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea” (Mark 9:42).

    The Word of God says in Deuteronomy 18:10-12: “There shall not be found among you anyone who . . . practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD.” We would do well to apply God’s Word to teaching children instead of being “carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14). 2 Peter 2:1-3 warns us that “there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words.” People who advocate teaching children by means of a book on witchcraft, fictional or otherwise, are false teachers.

  5. says

    Bob, sorry you misunderstood. I was refering to the article that is linked to from this site at leadershipjournal.net not to anything you said personally.

    Thanks for your comments – its always great to have different views represented


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