A Better October 31st

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Q: So what is Reformation Day and why do you celebrate it? We were delighted to find out that Christians have been celebrating Reformation Day as a holiday since at least 1567! As parents of six boys, we’ve loved having a holiday to remember a true Christian hero — a man who faced death and…
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Q&A Do You Do Halloween? It’s Just Pretend, Right?

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Readers ask us, “Do you guys celebrate Halloween?” We had a lot of discussion about this when we were first married. We went back and forth between the fun we’d had as kids and the opportunity to perhaps share the gospel with neighbors who came to the door, and our discomfort with the whole celebration…
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Semper Reformanda

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The U.S. Marine Corps has a slogan – Semper Fidelis, “Always Faithful.” More often, people shorten it to “Semper Fi.” In the church, there is a slightly different slogan: Semper Reformanda, which is short for Ecclesia semper reformanda est, “The Church Is Always To Be Reformed.” Why the lesson in military and ecclesiastical Latin? Because…
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Reformation Day: A Celebration of Heroism for 445 Years!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Are you as surprised as we were to find out that Reformation Day has been celebrated as a holiday in the church since at least 1567? We were delighted to find out that rather than sanitizing a holiday that celebrated death, our enemy, we could enjoy a holiday to remember true heroism — a man…
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Bringing an Old Celebration to New Life

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Are you as surprised as we were to find out that Reformation Day has been celebrated as a holiday in the church since at least 1567? We were delighted to find out that rather than sanitizing a holiday that celebrated death, our enemy, we could enjoy a holiday to remember true heroism — a man who…
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Somebody’s Behind the Mask

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Oddly enough, we were on the way to church when the subject of Halloween costumes came up. Our approach to the event has been contrarian from the start


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