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[This is a re-post of an article I put here last year around this time. Since there always seem to be questions raised about Halloween by Christians, I thought it might be helpful to put it up again. So, here it is:]

Each year at this time questions arise regarding the celebration of Halloween and if Christians should participate in it. Many Christians view Halloween as an expression of Satan-worship (with all its pagan roots and fruits). I’m sympathetic and certainly agree that not every practice connected with Halloween should be tolerated or imitated. Christians clearly, must be careful and thoughtful here and guard against the spirit of the world which does in fact worship Satan (though often unawares). But that’s only half the work. The other half involves refusing to allow Satan to get credit for things that don’t belong to him.

It is interesting how Satan works. He is not creative. He does not invent things. But he is expert in twisting good things into instruments of evil. He is a genius when it comes to perversion — turning things upside down. He loves to take the things of God and twist them into instruments of ungodliness.

The Church’s job in many ways comes down to turning everything that has been turned upside down by sin and Satan, rightside up again. Reconciliation means upturning those things that have been overturned by sin and twisted into instruments of unrighteousness, so that they bring glory to God again. This is precisely what the Church has done in regard to sensuality and sexuality. Over the years the Church has performed the service of re-instructing the world regarding the truth and proper place of the family, the arts, entertainment, business and labor, and many other fields of human endeavor.

But we must not forget that the Church has had to do this because it has itself been deceived and misled by Satan concerning these things. And such is the case, at least in part, with the celebration of Halloween. (more…)

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I want some now

Bacon.

That’s all that needs to be said.

Bacon.

HT: Jill Fagan

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I am second

If you’ve been watching the baseball playoffs, you’ve probably seen the centerfielder for the Texas Rangers, Josh Hamilton. Josh is leading Texas in their series against the Yankees to get to the World Series. He hit two home runs last night. But as exciting as his play has been, his story is even better. Watch:

[HT: Paul Nanson]

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So now we hear that a judge can lock you up for not repeating the “Pledge of Allegiance”? Really? Apparently so (and you can read about it here) — and in Mississippi of all places!

Danny Lampley refused to recite the Pledge when Chancery Judge Talmadge Littlejohn entered the courtroom and called for everyone to stand and repeat it together. For his trouble attorney Lampley was arrested for contempt of court and put in jail (for four and a half hours).

Ok, let’s talk.

The Pledge of Allegiance has somehow been given semi-inspired status in the minds of most Americans but very few know of its origins. The Pledge was written by “Christian Socialist” Francis Bellamy in August 1892. Francis was the first cousin of Edward Bellamy, author of the American socialist utopian novels, Looking Backward (1888) and Equality (1897).

Francis Bellamy in his sermons and lectures set forth his vision of a planned economy with political, social and economic equality for all (something very similar to another fellow named Marx). Because his devotion to socialism appeared to be greater than his devotion to Jesus, his congregation removed him from the pastorate in 1891. Later, In his retirement in Florida, he stopped attending church altogether.

But in 1892 Bellamy was in charge of planning the program for the public schools’ quadricentennial celebration for Columbus Day. He wrote the pledge to be recited by children during the flag-raising ceremony. The original pledge did not include the words “under God” since Bellamy was opposed to the implications of the phrase. Those words were later added in 1954 during the Eisenhower administration after a campaign by the Knights of Columbus. Bellamy’s granddaughter said he would have resented this change.

Bellamy wrote “one nation indivisible” to emphasize what he viewed as the most important outcome of the War Between the States, i.e. that so-called “States’ rights” were a myth and it was vital that the children of the new Republic understand that now, we were a nation in the full sense of the term. This was the “purpose” of the Civil War, Bellamy wrote, and it was important that it be drilled into the minds of American youth, “To make that One Nation idea clear, we must specify that it is indivisible, as Webster and Lincoln used to repeat in their great speeches.” Bellamy wanted to instill unquestioned allegiance to the State and use the Pledge as the catechetical tool to accomplish this goal. There must be no higher allegiance than that which we give to the “Republic” for which the flag stands.

Bellamy was a thorough statist. He even wanted to include the famous slogan of the French Revolution in the pledge as well (“Liberty, Fraternity, Equality”) but he thought that might be a bit much for Americans to swallow.

So, the “Pledge” is about as “unAmerican” as you can get — if you mean by “America” anything close to what the Founding Fathers understood they were forming when they declared their independence from Great Britain in 1776. It is a pledge to be loyal to the power State that has now for almost 150 years run roughshod over the liberties that the Founding Fathers thought they were establishing. When it gets down to it, we all ought to refuse to repeat it.

But now a lawyer is judged jail-worthy just because he refused to acknowledge that his supreme allegiance was to the Almighty State?

Well, whacha know.

I’d say Bellamy’s goals have pretty much been attained.

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The Bucer Institute October class was on the Epistles to the Corinthians (with special focus on 1 Corinthians) taught by Pastor Rich Lusk of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama.

The lectures were outstanding and they’re now available for downloading. Go to the Bucer Institute MP3 page and get ‘em.

It’ll be the best $3.96 you’ve spent all month.

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God’s zoo

Marine scientists continue to find new species that were completely unknown until a few years ago or very recently. Here are a few more of the more amazing members of God’s underwater zoo:

The Yeti crab (Kiwa hirsuta):

And how about this nemertean pelagonemertes rollestoni (the yellow, skeleton-like thing inside is his stomach):

The chionodraco hamatus, one of the Antarctic’s ice fish, which can withstand temperatures that freeze the blood of all other types of fish:

And finally, the Ceratonotus steiningeri, first discovered 5,400 meters deep in the Angola Basin in 2006:

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