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.
They can't get enough of it. They're reading about science at their jobs and in their free time, in peer-reviewed journals or on Wikipedia. But what makes Millennials' interests different from the scientific interests of every previous generation? (Ossola, The Atlantic)
Music videos, "selfies" and "sexting" have led to the sexual exploitation of children becoming the "norm" in some areas, a report claims. (Duffin, The Telegraph)
Black churches often promote voting after services, sometimes even taking church members directly to the polls. Such drives are traditionally most popular on the Sunday before an election, when black turnout might be even higher than it was on Sunday. (Cohn, The New York Times)
The mayor of Houston on Wednesday withdrew the subpoenas of sermons from five pastors who opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against LGBT people. (Markoe, Religion News Service)
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.