I spoke at my church's youth group Sunday April 21st. We missed the intro, so you'll find the text version below.
John Swanson was a sinner. I tell you this because I think it is one of the first things he would want you to know about him. When describing himself, John said “I am a former enemy of God who has been made into a son of God not by anything I ever did or decided but by the grace of God...” And this is true of anyone who is now a Christian, like myself: we used to be enemies of God but he decided to love us despite that.
John was instrumental in God’s work in countless people’s lives. He was used to lead many to God’s grace and sharpened others. In the two short years I knew him as my girlfriend, now fiance’s, dad, he taught me more than I can say and was indirectly responsible for even more growth in my life.