Editor's Note: This blog was originally published in 2013. The ChurchandCulture.org Team thought it was an important read for Halloween.
I grew up in a day when Halloween was little more than pumpkins, fall festivals, hayrides, and dressing up as a pirate or a farmer to go trick-or-treating.And that is what it held for my now very post-Halloween-age children as well.
I know its history, but few celebrations in our day are free of pagan roots – almost all had a pagan heritage that were later seized and transformed by a Christian culture.
So that doesn't mean much to me.
On the Christian calendar, it's actually to be celebrated as part of Reformation Day, when Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg church which sparked the Protestant Reformation.Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.
As advocates for same-sex marriage celebrate a series of legal victories and Pope Francis strikes a softer tone toward gays, the most-conservative quarters of the American evangelical Christian movement are wrestling with how to respond to a dramatically shifting legal and cultural landscape. (Audi, The Wall Street Journal)
Many evangelicals do not have orthodox views about either God or humans, especially on questions of salvation and the Holy Spirit. (Emmert, Christianity Today)
Two years after voters in Colorado and Washington State broke the ice as the first states to legalize sales of recreational marijuana to adults, residents of Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., will vote next week on ballot measures patterned on those of the two pioneers. (Johnson, The New York Times)
Stories about athletes and domestic violence, the widespread consumption of pornography, and what it means to be a husband and father are filling our news cycles and shaping our culture's ideas of manhood. So what does it mean to act like a man?
Throughout the month of October, Senior Pastor Jim White will explore the Biblical call to manhood and what it really takes to "man up."Click here to see this product and more.