The issue of Halloween presses itself annually upon the Christian conscience. What's the significance?
Why is it that as Christians, as humans, we seem to think tough things shouldn't come our way? Why do we think we should be protected, shielded, untouched?
Now is the time to plan for a fall festival or an alternative to Halloween for your community.
Jesus commanded us in Matthew 5 to "give to the one who begs from you." I know all the major reasons why not to give when someone asks, but this text still unnerves and convicts me.
Because Jesus was single like me, he was tempted. He suffered just like we do. He knows what we are going through, and he encourages us each day to stay the course, choosing what is best versus what is now—to learn from our mistakes and to help others in their journey.
- October 12, 2010 |
Operation Christmas Child is spreading to Narnia this year with a special invitation from Georgia Henley, who plays Lucy Pevensie in the Narnia films.
- October 08, 2010 |
Middle school students who are afraid to go to school don’t care what you believe about homosexuality. They want the harassment to stop.
I wish for the flexibility of my netbook with the ease and stability of the iPad. But that choice isn't available. Christian voters in Deleware face a similar dilemma.
"Silent Night" and other religious songs will remain off the program at holiday concerts in one New Jersey school district after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a school ban on religious holiday music.
How does a new pastor learn about a congregation? It starts with discovering the stories already in the church.
One of the things I enjoy telling people about Bible study is that "if it's weird, it's important." Numbers 5:11-31 certainly qualifies in both respects...
At best, Halloween's an excuse to ask strangers for candy. At worst, it's mindless paganism our ancestors turned their backs on. I would like instead to turn your attention to an often-overlooked celebration...
- October 27, 2008 |
The entire nation was shocked by the level of cruelty, thoughtlessness, and irresponsibility that led to Clementi’s suicide. How do Christians respond?
At a time when our nation faces many serious challenges – and our representatives face reelection – such a bizarre and inappropriate stunt leaves little doubt that many politicians in Washington are out of touch.
Hlengiwe is just 14 years old, yet she is the head of her household, taking care of her seven younger brothers, sisters and cousins. The rest of her family is dead from AIDS.
So maybe not everybody can just go away and leave everything behind. But for one church choir director and organist who is making the most of his season of singleness, taking time off to study in the Old Country can't be beat for real-world immersion in the classicist aesthetic.
I really don’t care much about the pagan origins of Halloween in ages past. But what I have come to care about is what Halloween stands for now, based on a few of my own observations...
The best thing about this new book from tobyMac is that it delivers something many Christians, particularly younger ones, are in desperate need of: good role models who have striven to inspire others through their faith.