the strongest links (october 31)

024Halloween for Kids in the ’70s vs. Halloween Today from HuffingtonPost.com. This is my favorite thing I read all week.

Bonus points: “Halloween Party Prep” from ouryuppielife.blogspot.com. “This year I sent my gardener out in the neighborhood in search of yard debris piles we could scrounge gnarly branches from to spray paint black.” I’m pretty sure this is for real.

Rehearsing for Death: A Pre-K Teacher on the Trouble with Lockdown Drills from the Washington Post. “Instead of controlling guns and inconveniencing those who would use them, we are rounding up and silencing a generation of schoolchildren, and terrifying those who care for them.”

Biblical Literacy by the Numbers: Fixing the Problem from Christianity Today. Lots of good stuff here, but pastors, please: “When people see and hear their pastors preaching the text as a whole and allowing the text to determine the message (not vice versa), they go home and read their Bibles the same way. When they see us jumping around the text in sermons, they jump around in life.”

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