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Hallowed Evening

The following is a post from a blog I occasionally read by Robbymac on Halloween. First off I must confess that I was always in the camp of being completely against halloween. However, I believe that this guy has some great things to say to the church on this holiday.
Here is what Rob has to say…

John Fischer writes in “Fearless Faith (Living Beyond the Safe Walls of Christianity)”:

“The more acceptable Christian thing to do now on Halloween is to close up the house and have an alternative party for our kids at church. The party usually has a harvest or biblical character theme — no ghosts or goblins allowed. Though I understand how this safer alternative came to be, I wonder whether a blanket boycott is the only way to handle this controversial holiday. Is this just one more time when we as Christians isolate ourselves from the rest of our culture for religious reasons apparent only to us? Have we really thought through what our dark houses are saying to the rest of the block while we’re off having our alternative party? I can hear the neighbourhood kids shuffling by our house, saying, “Don’t go there, they don’t give anything.” Is this what we want to be known for in the community — a dark house on the one night you can be guaranteed neighbors will visit?

“If Satan comes out on Halloween, he doesn’t go back into hiding the next morning. Regardless of the origins of Halloween (and there appears to be little agreement about this, even among historians), what we have today is a culture-wide event that is more concerned with pretending than it is with the underworld… If Satan wins anything on this day, he may win more through the darkened homes of Christians than through anything else.” (published by Harvest House — I highly recommend this book)

When we were pastoring in Victoria BC, Christians didn’t do anything to celebrate Halloween — there were lots of “Harvest Parties” in various church buildings instead. Given the police guarding the Ross Bay Cemetary so no bodies would be stolen that night, nor to forget the animal sacrifice that was done on our front yard in the hey-day of “Rock The City”, or one of the local shaman dressing up in his ceremonial garb to personally curse me — you can understand why particpating in Halloween wasn’t even a debatable question in Christian circles in Victoria during the 1990’s.

Now that we’re in Winnipeg, we take our kids out trick-or-treating every year, for the same reasons that John Fischer illustrates above. It’s like being part of the community here to join in the fun. We don’t let our kids dress up in death-inspired outfits (our son went as a box of Cheerios one year, and our daughter once went as a potted plant — WAY more creative than a Freddie Kreuger mask!). But we go with them and mingle with our community. I even (unknowing at the time) had a joking conversation with the premier of Manitoba — I didn’t recognize him in a yellow rain slicker without tons of microphones being shoved into his face.

Even more fun are our Anglican neighbours across the street — every year, they have hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and penny candy for everyone who stops by their outdoor bonfire. They play jazz or blues music on a ghetto blaster, and it becomes the gathering place for tons of people — and the many Christians who live on our street have a great opportunity to mix and mingle with our non-Christian neighbours and give a cup of hot chocolate in Jesus’ name. It rocks!

Two different approaches to Halloween. Definite reasons behind each. Whether you choose to participate or not, at least think through what you’re communicating to the community you’re trying to impact for Jesus.

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Sittin’ Up


Sittin’ Up
Originally uploaded by ddgrunau.

Libby is growing so fast lately. She recently gained 8oz in 6 days. Guess she is learning to have an appetite as large as mine. With that speedy growth is also growth to her huge muscles. She is rolling over in her crib and sitting up on her own. Although I have to be close in case she loses her balance. But, I think she will outgrow that too.

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Busy life continues

Well, fall is well underway and it is so busy that I only found time to blog while I am at a youth workers convention here in Saskatoon. It is a simulcast from BC and it was to start about 20minutes ago, but there is technical difficulties and we are waiting. Luckily, the conference is at my home church and I can connect to the net wirelessly with my mac. So this is my one chance to blog. Well I would like to say that I have some deep things to say, but I am not sure that I do. (I have to type fast now, the technical problems have been solved) The past few weeks at D4 we have been discussing alot about giving, and generousity in our world. Discussing issues about how rich we are in North America and how blessed we are. Then we are turning the corner and trying to get the students to donate to aidscarenow.org campaign. It is interesting to see that kids are giving money. In the past we haven’t ever gotten donations from kids and last year when we tried a service project we only had one kid attend. However, I am starting to see kids become more interested in talking about giving time, money, etc, and I pray that they will turn this talking into actions. But now I must ask myself, how generous am I? Am I just giving money and not willing to give of my time? Do I use my job as a way to get out of helping others in the rest of the world? How can I begin to not see ‘our’ world as ‘the’ world? While I feel like I have been challenging youth in this area, I feel more so that God is challenging my thinking as well.

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Libby’s first Thanksgiving


Libby’s first Thanksgiving
Originally uploaded by ddgrunau.

We spent today at my parents farm and had alot of fun taking some photo’s with Libby. While it was pretty windy and cold, Libby still enjoyed playing in the leaves. That is until she tried to eat them. All in all, we have alot to be thankful for. Hope you all had a good thanksgiving too.

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Libby bouncing


Libby bouncing
Originally uploaded by ddgrunau.

My daughter is again surprising me with her strength. She is only 4 months old and can play in her exersauser or whatever these things are called. She even stands up in it! And not only is she bouncing in her new toy she also rolled over the other day too. So cool!