Every year Halloween seems to grow in popularity. Bigger decorations, better candy, badder costumes. And every year Christians wonder how to handle this strange event that brings neighbors together over ghoulish scenes of death and unhealthy piles of chocolate. Should we steer death-defying teenagers toward Hell Houses to consider the eternal state of their souls? Should we lock ourselves in our living rooms with the lights turned off? Or should we embrace the fun and enjoy the company of neighbors who only emerge this one holiday each year? In short, do we flee from Halloween or seek to redeem the day?
In the latest Going Deeper with TGC podcast, Mark Mellinger and I talk with Timothy George, author of the recent article “The Gospel of Ghoul” and founding dean of Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. We discussed our culture's fascination with zombies and vampires and the meaning of All Saints Day. He also explained how we should we can “tweak the Devil” on Halloween. Listen to the whole discussion for his answer to questions of which Protestant reformer he'd want to dress up as and whether we speak too much, not enough, or just the right amount about hell.
As the podcast continues, The Gospel Project managing editor Trevin Wax talks with Afshin Ziafat, lead pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas, about enduring trials and facing genuine persecution. He shares his testimony about how God bore him through trials while growing up in a Muslim home and standing with Jesus against his father.