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Friday, October 31, 2014

THE GALLI REPORT - Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014 

I like to watch football as much as the next guy—although maybe not as much as the gal I'm living with. It's my wife who pops on the TV after church, asking, "So how are the Bears doing?" Most Sundays, I don't really care. A slight role reversal late in our marriage.

Speaking of reversals: Shirl James Hoffman argues that we need a new way of Christians thinking and talking about football. And it's not just about concussions and felonies off the gridiron.

Sorry if it seems like I'm obsessing. But I can't stop reading thoughtful pieces about the crazy ethics we practice these days. This one concludes: "What is new is a culture that encourages young men and women to abandon themselves to their desires, and that cheers parents as they confess regret over not killing their children."

The Italian Mafia apparently offers benefits rarely found today: "The number one thing criminal organizations like the Mafia offer their members is security. If you do well, you're rewarded. If you make a mistake, you die or go to prison for a long time. But even then, someone will take care of your family, and someone will pay for your lawyers." Salaries, benefits, and bonuses (for contract killing) detailed here.

First there's Halloween. Kirk Cameron says Christians should throw a block party to celebrate Christ's defeat of evil powers and death.

Then, there's All Souls' Day, followed by All Saints' Day. I've never been super clear on the difference, but who can object to honoring those believers who have gone before us?

Then there's Reformation Day, celebrating Martin Luther's rediscovery of grace, which even Roman Catholics now acknowledge: "We confess together that all persons depend completely on the saving grace of God for their salvation. . . . When Catholics say that persons 'cooperate' in preparing for and accepting justification by consenting to God's justifying action, they see such personal consent as itself an effect of grace, not as an action arising from innate human abilities."

What I'm going to do is this: honor all three occasions by feasting on some of the Snickers bars I pass out to excited and strangely attired children.

Grace and peace,

Mark Galli
Mark Galli
Mark Galli
Editor, Christianity Today

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