Monday, September 20, 2010

Greek and texual critic nerd Dan Wallace passes out tracts!

Listen to what Daniel Wallace had to say on his blog post yesterday that he titled, Halloween: A Missed Opportunity for Evangelicals

"When our boys were little tikes, we would take them to our church on All Hallows Eve for a fun-filled night of games and candy. We did this for years. I repent. We missed some major opportunities.

Halloween has become one of those holidays that evangelicals have shied away from. Another way for us to withdraw from the world. We are increasingly looking like our fundamentalist forefathers, whose cries of separation from the world marked them more than love.

How often do you get children to willingly come to your house—children you have never met before, children who are eager and willing to accept the gifts you have for them? What an opportunity for the gospel! Yet increasingly evangelical churches are having their own ‘Fall Fun Festival’ in place of Halloween. It’s certainly safer, but so is living in a cave.

Years ago, before we had children and before the Christian alternative to Halloween had become popular, my wife and I lived in the worst slums of Dallas. We bought a house for one dollar (yes, really), and lived there for almost four years. The first Halloween we erected a haunted house inside our home. Kids came from all over to enter the makeshift cardboard tunnel, scream as they encountered various amorphous ghoulish delights, and come out on the other end with their fears relieved. We then gave them a pack of candy (some primo stuff, guaranteed to rot their teeth), stapled in a small sack with a gospel tract attached. The next day, some parents came back to our house and wanted to know more about the gospel.

Regardless of what you think of our haunted house idea, at least recognize that Halloween offers us an engraved invitation to share the gospel. Nowadays, parents are too wary to let their kids go into a stranger’s home and crawl through the dark in a cardboard tube. But the opportunity is still there. We now give the kids in our neighborhood the very best candy (full candy bars, rather than the little bite-sized pieces). They remember us. We also don’t turn away kids from our neighborhood who are selling Girl Scout Cookies. And I stop at lemonade stands in the summertime when little girls are charging outrageous prices for sugar water. I pay full price and give them a tip. We want to be known as the ‘soft touch’ family. Anything we can do to make the gospel attractive and our home a place where children and their parents know that something here is different, that this is a place where love is truly felt. So, if you’re in the neighborhood, drop by this Halloween. Our lights will be on. Better yet, stay home and turn on your own lights. A golden opportunity awaits you."

As a side note, thanks to Jason Delgado for pointing the post by Daniel Wallace to me.

So what are you waiting for, gang?! There is still time to order tracts and share the Good News this Oct 31st with those that knock on your door. Below is a video I recorded last year giving you an idea of a few things that you may want to try with trick or treaters this year...watch this short 2 minute clip:

And if you'd like to order the Tombstone Tracts featured in my video, there is still time to place a tract order to receive them before Oct 31st, click HERE


7 comments:

Jason & Vanessa said...

haha it's is funny you put my original email title:

"Greek and texual critic nerd..."

btw, I consider "nerd" a term of endearment and have the utmost respect for Dan Wallace, so I in no way mean that in a demeaning for of way... just trying to say HE IS THE MAN when it comes to Textual Criticism and Greek... I also love the Bible he helped to translate (http://netbible.com/)

Spence Ohana said...

I chuckled at this statement,
"Yet increasingly evangelical churches are having their own ‘Fall Fun Festival’ in place of Halloween. It’s certainly safer, but so is living in a cave."
Cause I've often thought the same about our many protestant friends whom have been protesting Halloween.

I personally thought Daniel gave some great ideas (even though I'm not the Gospel tract hand-outer type of person).

I totally agree with his statement,
"We want to be known as the ‘soft touch’ family. Anything we can do to make the gospel attractive and our home a place where children and their parents know that something here is different, that this is a place where love is truly felt."
Here in TX people are so friendly and neighborly, I love it! Love getting to know our neighborhood kids and reaching out to them in Christian love. Instead of tracts I've share the Gospel via my blog with my neighbors.

Hope you're well Trish, it's been awhile since I've hopped on your blog.

Azou said...

Nice sales pitch?

Fish with Trish said...

Jason, "I consider "nerd" a term of endearment". I know you do. :-)

Fish with Trish said...

Thank you, Azou. I appreciate your support. Would you like to place an order?

Nelson said...

I don't mean to rain on the parade, but this seems like a pragmatic way to spread the Gospel. I think it is too easy to look like you support a holiday that is based on what is considered a Satanic holy day. I would love to hear what Todd Friel thinks of this. He seems to not go for things like this.

We are having a Reformers Day at our Church on Halloween. I hope this works without looking like we support Halloween.

However, God bless and go serve your King.

Azou said...

No thanks, but the honesty is refreshing! You rarely see that from Living Waters.

Now go forth and SCORE BIG BUCKS IN HIS NAME!