Reprise: The Believer and Halloween

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pumpkinAlthough written over two years ago this post is still relevant; this topic still comes up every October. In The interest of full disclosure, we don’t have any pumpkins on the porch this year.

Halloween has become one the biggest holidays on the American calendar, spending over $6 billion last year on decorations, candy and costumes. What was once essentially a children’s holiday has become a cultural juggernaut, and as it has, Halloween has become an increasingly controversial and at times divisive topic in the Christian community. But it doesn’t have to be, and to that end I humbly offer a few thoughts.… Continue reading

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness

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240 years ago yesterday, July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the words of the Declaration of Independence.

Among the most famous lines is this: that all men “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Those who founded the United States of America determined that these rights were failing to be respected and protected by the government of England to which they were subject, and thus a new country was born.

A government that seeks protect these “unalienable Rights” is in very large measure a blessing to live under.… Continue reading

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