Contextualisation is about showing the relevance of the gospel — not making the gospel relevant.Mark Driscoll, A Call to Resurgence p.226
Yesterday J.John, a well known Christian author and evangelist, wrote an article on the Mirror website entitled Six reasons why I believe Halloween is far from harmless. The article has been doing it’s rounds on social media.
While I love J.John and his committment to the gospel, I am not entirely sure the focus of the article was helpful for either Christians or the general public.
Every year as October 31st approaches I can tangibly feel the nervousness (maybe even fear) that some of my Christian friends hold towards Halloween.
And I sort of understand why. If Halloween had existed back then surely the Son of God would have shunned such a celebration of darkness?
It’s hard to imagine Jesus in a vampire costume.
So in response to this many families and churches put on alternative parties for their children — devoid of any trace of ghosts or ghouls — wanting to take an alternative stand to something so clearly incompatible (as the argument goes) with God.
And others I know just turn the lights off and go to bed early to firmly avoid any kind of association with this ungodly event.
But is that really how we should respond?
One day I will be dead, and so will you.
Every human being lives in the shadow of that inescapable reality and it drives each of us — consciously or subconsciously — to try and find meaning in life.
Even the atheist is looking for meaning. Continue reading
Here it is — the obligatory first post!
I’m breaking the ice. It’s time to start writing again. I say again because I have attempted to blog before, but it’s never quite taken off.
Here’s hoping this time will be different … I have a feeling it will. Continue reading