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?!
At the bottom of this post are some of the dates for the first half of this summer’s UK Outreach. This represents a small number of the possibilities and opportunities that exist in the UK festival season. It is my contention that the festivals of the world are the places people are going for meaning … More UK Outreach Schedule 2019
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
Halloween has become one of the largest, most influential holidays in America, and is gaining ground in other countries as well. It is a day filled with costuming, horror images, candy, and community openness. That combination seems strangely out of synch with sensibility at first glance, but those issues may not be as far apart … More Halloween for Christians: How to Respond to It
I spent a good portion of the last three years studying and writing for the book Burning Religion. It is filled with philosophy, theology, carnival tall tales, and autobiographical stories from going to and living in weird places. Salem, MA, Burning Man, the last days of the Mayan Calendar in Palenque, MX make their way … More Burning Religion: help me publish the Book
This was second visit to Stonehenge. The first time, I was the typical tourist standing behind the low fence marking the boundary of holy distance. This visit (2015) was during the Summer Solstice, and 23,000 other people were there to celebrate the Solstice with me. Stonehenge was larger than I thought. The distance … More Tripping over Tripping Hippies at Stonehenge, or King Arthur needs gas money
Over the course of 30+ years in a variety if ministry settings, I discovered a simple truth, which ought to come as common sense to most of us: People are much more likely to feel comfortable talking about spiritual things when they have a chance to relax. I don’t mean that everything in their life … More Where Our Hearts Find Rest