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?!
I have described my theological views under the title of Wild Theology. In fact, the website for my books, BurningReligion.com, also has the URL WildTheology.org pointing at it. Yes, you can assume that my Wild Theology is embedded into my writings – philosophically and technologically. I have described this Wild Theology in extremely simple terms: … More Wild Theology Podcasts are now on Youtube
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
For the last 30 years, I have been swimming upstream, but it seems that the tide is changing. Perhaps, I have not been swimming upstream after all. Like the tidal surge that reaches far upstream in rivers like the Amazon, the Severn and the Wye, and the Qiangtang it could be that the river was … More 30 Years of Swimming Upstream? Halloween, Culture and Church Life
It’s Thanksgiving night, and a warm night for New England. I walked through the empty park under the full moon. The street lights in the park lit the walkways, and seemed too harsh against the gentle glow of the moon. I spoke out loud to myself, “I wish the street lights would go out.” A … More When Coincidence and Magic Kiss: God is There
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