Today is October 31. So, it’s Halloween. An annual holiday celebrated in the United States as well as some other countries.
The word “Halloween” literally means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening.” It appears Halloween has its origin in ancient Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots. Later the Catholic Church, as decreed by Pope Gregory III, designated November 1 as a time to honor saints, so October 31 became known as “All Hollow’s Eve.” Continue reading
A Pew Research Center Poll revealed that for the first time a majority of Americans say it is possible to be a good person without religious beliefs.
The poll conducted in June and July surveyed 5,000 American adults and found that 56% said that “God is not a prerequisite for good values and morality,” according to Greg Smith, Pew’s associate director of research. Smith attributed this response to the increased number of Americans who are religious “nones,” that is they have no religious affiliation. Continue reading
“Seeking holiness rather than happiness is a hard thing to do in the culture in which we live,” wrote John Maxwell, “because so much is geared to happiness—whatever makes you feel good. In a secular society, happiness is the aim of life. In a spiritual society, holiness is the thing that we strive for….Happiness is really found in holiness. But if we try to bypass holiness in our search for happiness, we’ll miss it altogether. Happiness is a by-product of holiness; it’s a benefit of living a pure life, rightly related to God, self and others.” Continue reading
Shawn Jefferies, from Columbia, Tennessee, kicked off our Fall Focus Series yesterday morning with this question:
“When you hear the word ‘holy’ what do you think of? Continue reading
“I do not find that Sunday is a hallowed day in and of itself. Acts 20:7 and Hebrews 10:25 do not–at least explicitly–say the day is hallowed. Why do so many of us consider the day “the Lord’s day,” or “hallowed?”
This question, from a reader, is the second of a two-part question that I began answering in yesterday’s post. Both were motivated by Monday’s “Word of the Week: Hallowed.” Continue reading
Monday’s column on the “Word of the Week: Hallowed” elicited these questions from one of our readers.
Hello good brother!
Could you comment on a couple of points a bit further?
1) The name of God is hallowed. I would like to hear commentary on his name (Yahweh) versus the word “God” or “Lord.” Or are all of those words hallowed? If all, why? Continue reading