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Holidays

Second Sunday of Advent: Love

I’ll never forget the definition of love that was given to me at a youth conference, years ago, when I was maybe 12. It must have been a good youth conference, because that definition has stayed with me my entire life. “Love is choosing the highest good for the other person.” In our society, talk […] Read more…

First Sunday of Advent: Hope

Today is the first Sunday of Advent for the year 2014. Advent is my favorite season of the year, and this year is a special year for my family because, for the first time ever, our celebration will be exclusive to orthodox (small “o”) Christianity. Previously, I would incorporate elements of my husband’s religion into […] Read more…

Evangelicals & Halloween III

A final issue that might crop up for evangelicals over Halloween is the fact that Halloween falls on a Sunday this year. This happens once every five or six years unless leap year causes Halloween to miss the Sabbath—so for those who are counting, Halloween is not going to fall on a Sunday again until […] Read more…

Evangelicals & Halloween II

As I’ve mentioned in many other places, I wasn’t really raised in a Christian household, so we always celebrated Halloween without question. I had some fun costumes over the years, too. In seventh grade I even won first place in my junior high for weirdest costume for dressing as Mileena from Mortal Kombat II. Halloween […] Read more…

Evangelicals & Halloween I

Or, how I went from anti-Halloween evangelist to sexy Roman goddess in less than ten years! My family got most of our Halloween costume shopping done last week. This is the first year since our daughter was born that all three of us will be dressing up, and we’re looking forward to the festivities and […] Read more…

It’s Easter. Read “The Room.”

Happy Easter everyone. Normally I’m quite the snob about pop evangelicalism. Kirk Cameron, the Left Behind craze, Testamints, you name it, if it’s popular and evangelical I’m probably snarking about it. I don’t like sentimental poems about footprints in sand or gushy anecdotes about starfish and I don’t like those weepy chain e-mails that always […] Read more…