Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Opus 2015-433: Happy All Saints Eve

Another year, another rejection.  I don’t celebrate All Hallows (Saints) Day so it doesn’t make any sense to celebrate All Hallows Eve (‘allowe’en).  One is an observation of liturgical churches.  The other is a celebration of pagans.  I have no trouble with the first.  I have major issues with the second.

Usually I take streets instead of the freeway on my way home from work.  One stretch of driving is usually very pleasant.  There are lots of trees and well manicured yards.  It is beautiful and restful.  That begins to change around October 1 as the people in those homes begin to gear up for Halloween.  They have the surplus of dollars and the deficit of common cents to begin draping their yards with ghouls and dismembered corpses.  Cobwebs and gravestones fill in the gaps. 

Halloween has come out of the closet.  It is no longer about cute little kids dressing up like super heroes or princesses.  You don’t have kitties and Caspers coming to your door now.  Now you have Freddy and Chuckie, if you are lucky.  Halloween is a celebration of Hell and demonic power.  It isn’t about the dead in general because you don’t see kids coming to the door dressed as Michael or Gabriel.  It is about getting children used to blood and darkness. 

Many people respond that I am over-reacting.  I guess it is possible.  I am afraid that the budding concerns my parents had have been still born.  I was talking to the nurse at a doctor visit and she was sharing about her childhood on Halloween.  My parents, 55 years ago, would not let us eat fruit because it might be tampered with.  This young lady, fresh out of school, shared how she had found a razor blade in an apple. 

Just one apple, right?  If I remember correctly it only took one piece of fruit for Eve to mess up the entire human race.

homo unius libri


  1. In truth, Thanksgiving is the only Christian holiday celebrated in this country, and it's becoming "National Football Day."

    1. I was thinking "Turkey Day" but since some people have ham or tofu yours is better.

      Grace and peace.


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