Halloween

Growing up in Christianity, we've always had an uneasy relationship with Halloween. Our family never took the extreme position of declaring it totally off limits and "the devil's holiday." We typically handed out tracts and candy to kids who came by. On the other hand, my parents felt that "trick-or-treating" was something they'd rather not have us do. I think we did it a few years and then we stopped. Some of our friends did it and we didn't consider them carnal, Jesus-indifferent heathens. We just didn't do it and honestly I don't sit here wishing I had the chance to dress up like some character and go out and collect candy. The truth is that Halloween has an interesting beginning that likely has little resemblance to the holiday today. I have to admit that I'm very uncomfortable with the death and goulish side of it. I think it does provide the...

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Big Ben and The Sporting Culture

I am a huge sports fan. Every day I try to sneak in at least a few minutes of Sportscenter every day to get my daily fix. I regularly read espn.com and tune into sports radio in the car on occasion. I played basketball (not very well) in high-school and twice a week play pick-up games at a local church. My favorite sport is the NFL. I love football on Sundays after church. So you have to know that I've been following the Ben Rothlisberger story with interest. Ben is one of the NFL's greatest quarterbacks, but apparently off the field, his morality is very loose. It has the proud Steeler's organization thinking trade and the NFL talking suspension. But something struck me in the statement Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner made yesterday in a memo to all the NFL teams. He urged them to act and not cover up criminal offenses....

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