Celebrations in October

shieldluthersm.jpgIt’s October and you know what that means…

Well, it means two things really: 1) Halloween is upon us and 2) so is the World Series. (Note: these are not listed in order of importance)

As always, Halloween merits some mention because churches struggle over how to address it. Many churches offer “harvest parties” as a wholesome alternative to Halloween. Others sponsor “judgment houses” — the Christian version of a haunted house where visitors are confronted with the reality of an eternity in hell and then presented some form of evangelistic message. I still contend we really miss the boat at this time of year. It was on October 31 that Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg, the spark that set ablaze the Protestant Reformation. This time of year provides an incredible opportunity for teaching about the history of the event and the biblical doctrines that were reclaimed. For a taste of what we are missing read “Celebrating Reformation.”

shieldpennantsm.jpgNow, the World Series merits a special mention this year because the Detroit Tigers are back in it. Since I am the “World’s Number One Detroit Tiger Fan” I would be remiss if I did not make mention of this fact. Oh, I’m sure there are those who would dispute my claim to number-one-fan status, but for 22 years (the number of years since the Tigers were last in the World Series) I have proudly stood up — even in the midst of a 119-loss season — and proclaimed my affection for the Tigers. So please forgive me if I make similar proclamations now, when it is considerably more pleasant to do so.

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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