I live in Salem, Massachusetts. We have 31 days of Halloween in Salem. I have been here for 20 years. I pastored a church in town for almost 18 of those years. This means that I have effectively experienced 600 years of Halloween. We have had teams of people from chruches around the US and … More Christians and Halloween: Help! What do I do?!
Back in the summer, I spent a day with the Church Mission Society in Oxford, England. I taught on the subject of working in festival settings. Afterwards, I did a short interview with Naomi Steinberg about Halloween, Burning Man, learning to befriend Witches, and general festival outreach. You can find the interview at the top … More Interview with Church Mission Society in the UK
That’s right. I’ve got a new book coming out in a few short days. On October 1st, The Reformation of Halloween: rethinking Christianity’s response to Halloween is coming out. This is a topic I am passionate about, and it’s fair enough to say that I probably have more experience with missional activity on Halloween than … More New Book! The Reformation of Halloween
There are places, times, events, and even people where are hearts find comfort and feel at rest. These locations, times, events, and people represent hints of heaven. The Apostle Paul spoke of being “strangers and pilgrims” on this earth, and when we experience moments and places that feel more like home than home itself, we … More Wales, Cornwall, England, Devon and the Czech Republic Part 4
Update: June 17 through July 2 Last I wrote, I was traveling with Jake Humphrey, and we were at the 3 Wishes Fairy Festival in Cornwall, and were on our way to catch up with Papy and Michael at the Stonehenge Campground. Jake and I had been on a bus from Bristol to Plymouth a … More Wales, Cornwall, England, Devon, and Czech Republic Trip Part 3
Update June 1-17, 2018 This is the second update on my UK trip. I last communicated toward the end of the first two festivals at Hay-on-Wye. I had lost my hat after the Philosophy festival, and was working at the Hay Literary and Arts Festival. As I packed up and headed for breakfast on my way … More Wales, Cornwall, England, Devon, and Czech Republic Trip Part 2
From May15-31, 2018 I began my time in the UK in Caernarfon, North Wales. Trey and Amelia McCain were away from their home in Llanllyfni, about 7 miles from Caernarfon. They opened their home and the use of their car to me. Thus, my first week was spent in the Welshest area of Wales – … More Wales, Cornwall, England, Devon, and Czech Republic Trip Part 1