30 October 2015

This 'n' That

I will admit, candy corn is
I am sure I've said it before, but I do not understand Halloween. More specifically, I do not understand adults who celebrate Halloween. I just…don't get it. It actually isn't even the pagan elements of the celebration that bother me most. Don't get me wrong, those are most certainly troublesome, but sometimes I struggle in wondering which is more disconcerting: the celebration of death (which, let's be honest, ought not surprise us considering the state of the world), or the fact that so many grown adults seem to enjoy dressing in costume and celebrating this holiday more than children actually do.

The notion that Halloween has become an adult holiday was making headlines back in 2012, when CNN explained in a report:
The shift from children's to adult holiday can be traced to the 1970s, when Halloween street festivals in several gay neighborhoods in the U.S. began to transform into adult parties featuring lavish and over-the-top costumes.

In the mid-1980s, Halloween gained even more traction among adults, helped by the Coors Brewing Company, who ran an ad campaign featuring TV horror host Elvira. According to Morton, the marketing ploy helped make the ghoulish night a "beer holiday" in the mold of Superbowl Sunday and St. Patrick's Day.…

Halloween also benefits from being seen as a secular celebration, open to all and flexible enough to adapt to the prevailing cultural current…

Hm. And now we see, it really all comes down to…depravity. How utterly unsurprising.

So, with that I suppose I'll prepare myself to venture out into a world of costumed adults. As for you, why not grab that bag of candy that you really had no intention of sharing anyway, and munch away while you enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • The five fruits of Calvinism.
  • This would've come in handy back in college.
  • I cannot vouch for the resources and links provided in this article, but I do think the points are well taken.
  • I really wish I could have taken Martin Luther cookies to the office today. It would have been a nice contrast to grown adults in Halloween costumes.
  • The Master's Seminary has a good article on the fire that fueled the Reformation.
  • And while we're on a Reformation streak, I highly recommend this biography of William Farel. I read it several years ago and could not put it down.
  • In honor of yesterday being National Cat Day, here is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Stay away from Hillsong. All things Hillsong. Even if the lyrics to a song seem orthodox or harmless, just stay away lest you lead some less discerning Christian down a deceptive path. Says Al Mohler of this movement, "What has made Hillsong distinctive is a minimization of the actual content of the Gospel, and a far more diffuse presentation of spirituality."
  • Have you read J.C. Ryle's Holiness? You should.
  • Using these words incorrectly may make you look kinda silly.
  • What is the first step down for any church?
  • Helpful stuff from Pastor Tom Chantry.
  • When you're weary with sin:

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1 comment:

  1. In my opinion, more adults are celebrating Halloween because today's adults don't want to grow up or mature. They want to act like children forever.


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