Author: mschnell

A Halloween Primer… Part 3: Celebrating Samhain — Western Style.

I am tempted to jump ahead a bit.  After conversations with family and friends that are reading my posts, it would seem that I may be being misunderstood a little;  at least my intentions are being misinterpreted.  Although I may question the rectitude of a Christian worldview embracing Samhain, I am not expecting to see the…
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October 12, 2012 1

A Halloween Primer… Part 2: What’s in a name? The Christian Attempt to Subvert a Celebration.

I will admit up front, the title of this blog post is purposefully provocative.  A brief history lesson will explain why. All Saints’ Day was officially declared by Pope Boniface IV in 609 or 610 as an official church holiday to commemorate martyrs of the faith; sort of a Christian Remembrance Day.  Likely feasts of this…
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October 6, 2012 0

A Halloween Primer… Part 1: Introduction to My Party Pooper Ideas

For many years now I have had some issues with the way Christians celebrate Halloween.  Once I started researching the beginnings of and current celebrations around this “holiday” my thoughts began to change.  It has been easy to sit on the sidelines in a non participatory way over those last many years, but I suspect…
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September 29, 2012 1

I am firmly a pro-choicer.

I recently had an interesting interaction while helping someone configure their computer for email.  I had noticed that they had many different emails from newspapers, and was told they were quite a news hound, specifically politics.  After some banter back and forth about the future of the current federal government,  I revealed myself as both…
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May 25, 2010 4

The Hubris of Blogging

I have often though I had a unique perspective on life. This has been reinforced time and time again through the quizzical looks of people as they question my sanity due to an observation I’ve made or a seemingly random comment that has slipped around my internal speech filter. My humor also bears witness to…
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May 24, 2010 1