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  1. Xenia says:

    I was encouraged to read that Biden was denied Communion. I wish some Greek priests would do likewise in the case of certain famous Democrat politicians who promote sin as if it were a virtue. I feel like the Catholic Church might be on the cusp of a genuine revival.

    …who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. Rom. 1:32

  2. Xenia says:

    We do not “Halloween” over here. (Don’t you just love the ability of English to turn every noun into a verb?) It is a celebration of the demonic. I realize people have bent over backwards to disassociate Halloween from it’s pagan origins but that’s not really the problem, it’s the glamorization of demons, devils and witches. No, Mr. Key Life, Halloween is most certainly not my favorite “holiday.” He did touch lightly on the idea that skulls, etc. might help us be mindful of our deaths. Ok, that’s not a bad point. I don’t need to dress my children up as witches and zombies to be mindful of my death, however.

  3. Michael says:

    “I feel like the Catholic Church might be on the cusp of a genuine revival.”
    That would be quite the curveball… 🙂

  4. Xenia says:

    I greatly appreciate Roman Catholicism when they practice genuine Roman Catholicism.

  5. Em says:

    As a child i recall asking my grandmother why Christians celebrated Halloween…. A wise and strong Christian woman, she replied, “We celebrate our victory over the devil.”. 😏

  6. Em says:

    Haven’t had time to read any links yet, but some time ago i heard Dawkins quoted as saying that the world thrived where Christianity was practiced… NOT “religion” …?…

  7. Xenia says:

    Em, so do you think that is what is actually in the minds of 99 percent of the Christian kids dressed up as demons and zombies? Or even more innocent outfits but playing along? No, it is a rationalization. People just wanna have fun, which is basically the gist of the Key Life article.

  8. Em says:

    Xenia, i don’t think that today many Christians, big or little, take the reality of the devil at work on this planet very seriously … We need better teachers

  9. Xenia says:

    Em. you often say we need better teachers. I think we have too many teachers. What is needed is people who actually do what good teachers teach. Just speaking for Eastern Orthodoxy, there are hundreds of opportunities to listen to edifying teachings and homilies if one is so inclined, and of course, their own parish priest is also a source of good teaching. People are not inclined, they don’t want to hear what good teachers have to say because they don’t want anyone raining on their parades.

    And of course, not just the Orthodox.

  10. MM says:

    Halloween over the years has turned into the the second biggest retail holiday in the USA.

    “It’s been said that Halloween has increased in popularity so much that it falls second to only Christmas in terms of total consumer retail spending. Sounds about right, what with all the expensive, fancy costumes for adults and children, decorations, theme-parks, haunted activities, Halloween parties, and pets.

    Yes, I said pets. “This year, 22 million people will play dress-up with their pets, spending an estimated $330 million on costumes…” (http://blog.nrf.com/2013/09/25/the-not-so-spooky-stats-for-halloween-2013/)”

    But was it always a celebration of the demonic, as some say?

    My answer is what does the holiday stand for?

    Hallowed eve, why is the eve so “hallowed?”

    What is November 1st all about and who started/proclaimed that date?

  11. Jean says:

    One of the articles brought tears of joy to my eyes. Thank you for including it.

  12. Em says:

    MM, November one? Think it was started when someone said, the morning after October 31st, “What day is this?”. 😏

  13. EricL says:

    MLD, are you talking All New Orleans Day????

  14. London says:

    Unless that priest refused communion to every GOP member of his church who commits sin in the eyes of the church also, then that was an act of politics and not of righteousness.

  15. San Jose, for whatever reason, is one of the top trick or treat cities in the USA. My CC, which I am close to abandoning, has a night at the church with treats but biblically themed stations and games.

    My kids are half Mexican, which means “just Mexican.” This past weekend, I spent time with them and their mother. They wanted to watch a movie at my house and they chose Coco which I had not seen. It was on Netflix. It centered around El Dia De La Muerte, zero Christian themes, but rather ancestor veneration, stopping short of worship. Though similar to Eastern ancestor worship. Hard being torn between telling them that their culture is incorrect or evil, and not alienating them.

    It is actually a good, heartfelt movie… minus all Christianity. Or any whatsoever.

  16. Em says:

    Xenia @ 11:26 yesterday… yes, i do say we need better teachers – speaking for what are known here as “evangelicals” … the lack of solid teaching, which is relatively new (in a push to be “seeker friendly?”) has lost the first things, i.e., after redemption comes growth…

    the Day of the Dead is a strange, almost pagan holdover IMV… not sure how to broaden a child’s viewpoint without disrespecting what they see as a proud heritage…
    there must be children’s activities today which are fun and yet teach… those children have many reasons to be proud of the heritage their dad brings them, too
    i hope that New Victor gets some good input here to his 10:07….

  17. bob1 says:

    Michael,

    I enjoyed the piece by Trueman. But what does he mean about a “soft Socinianism” invading
    the church? Wesleyan/Arminians? Pelegians?

  18. EvangelicalismRocks says:

    Catechesis sounds an awful lot like indoctrination.

  19. Muff Potter says:

    Let’s have a show of hands here:
    How many of you guys care what Paula White sez?

  20. Em says:

    Muff… not I unless she is spouting misleading distortions of the Faith, then i guess i care… ?

  21. Duane Arnold says:

    Jean

    Good article…

  22. bob1 says:

    I don’t think anyone should be surprised that Payola White is now on the WH staff. Trump grew up going to Norman Vincent Peale’s church in NYC. In fact, he went there for five decades.

    Same heresy, just different clothes.

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