Halloween is a Satanic Holiday

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser(Editor's note: here we are again, three weeks or so from Halloween and already the extremists are coming up with ridiculous stories about Satan and hellfire, damnation and all sorts of things.)A story from the past. From 1995-2002, I was the  pastor of Our Father’s House in West Unity, Ohio. One Sunday, the following discussion took place between an old woman in the church and one of my younger children.Old Woman: So, how much candy did you get trick-or-treating?Child gives Old Woman an embarrassed look.Child: I didn’t go trick-or-treating,Old Woman: Really? Why not?Child: Our Dad … [Read more...]

Night of the Saints and the Fairies

 by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons  I only went trick-or-treating once. I was around five years old, and my mother made me a princess costume. It came with a medieval hat with a crocheted veil, and I remember wearing that hat for days after Halloween was over, and I kept it for years as part of my “dress up” toys. At some point it disappeared– probably donated– and even though I had outgrown dress up a long time before, a part of me mourned. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Make Sure You Are Not Worshipping Trees or Pumpkins?

by Michael Pearl taken from a transcript of his video 'Bible Questions with Michael Pearl' - Episode 077: What does the Bible say about celebrating Christmas or other Holidays?Saw the first Christmas commercial on television last night and figured we should examine what Michael Pearl thinks of Christmas. … [Read more...]

Not Quoting Quiverfull: Who is the Monster Here?

by Suzanne TitkemeyerSlate magazine has a columnist named Prudence who gives advice on the things plaguing our modern world. A few weeks ago she had a doozy of a column from a member of the 1%. The lady was complaining about the less affluent children coming into her neighborhood to trick or treat.You might have already seen the letter about today's holiday, Halloween. Here's the original letter. … [Read more...]

Open Thread – Happy Halloween!

 Okay, so we're a day early.The purpose of this open thread is to talk about how Halloween was viewed and handled in your old life or church. Was there an attempt by the old church you attended to co-opt Halloween and rebrand as something 'Christian' such as a Harvest Party or Trunk R' Treat? Or was it thought to be demonic and you were ordered to stay in a dark house praying against it or hand out Chick tracts instead of Fun Sized candy bars? … [Read more...]

News: Jim Bob Duggar’s Rules Apply Even To Married Duggars

by Suzanne TitkemeyerMore Duggars in the media this week. Both Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar are on the cover of US Weekly and they're talking about the expectations of their father carrying over into their entire lives. Very ridiculous rules considering his adult children are just that, adults, capable of making their own rules and knowing their own minds.So what are these rules? … [Read more...]

Things I Have Learned Not to Fear

by Kristen RosserWhen I was a young Christian in charismatic evangelicalism (Assemblies of God, followed by Maranatha Campus Ministries), 2 Timothy 2:7 was frequently preached:"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and a sound mind."Other verses emphasized the point:"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption. . . "  Romans 8:15. … [Read more...]