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  • Halloween outreach 'hammers out the Gospel,' pastor says

    by David Dawson/Baptist and Reflector, posted Monday, October 30, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of First Baptist Church Waverly, Tenn.
    WAVERLY, Tenn. (BP) -- Scott Brown, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Waverly, Tenn., doesn't think Christians should hide from Halloween.

    The members of his congregation obviously agree.

    Rather than avoiding the night that is traditionally linked to ghosts and goblins, First Baptist embraces it by hosting one of the largest fall festivals in the state.

    First Baptist, which has about 200 members, welcomed more than 7,000 ... Read More

  • MOVIES: Don't dance with the devil

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- It's that time of year when haunted houses suddenly creep up in shopping malls, every cable network runs either classic fright flicks or "Halloween" rip-offs and, of course, Hollywood will no doubt dig up a new theatrical paranormal "true" story.

    So, each trick-or-treat season I raise the question, should we Christians put this stuff in our heads? Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Halloween's bony finger of fear

    by Amy Hebert, posted Thursday, October 27, 2016 (one year ago)

    Halloween thrives on fear, although our culture commercializes and celebrates it and even tries to make it cute, Amy Hebert writes, noting that fear nevertheless remains as one of the devil's oldest tactics. Read More

  • Study: Halloween is time for outreach, pastors say

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, October 25, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This Halloween, millions of Americans will carve pumpkins, dress up in costumes, decorate their yards, and gobble down a lot of candy. And America's preachers hope they'll also consider coming to church, a new study shows.

    Two-thirds of Protestant pastors say they encourage church members to ask their neighbors to a church-related event like a fall fair or trunk-or-treat, according to a new phone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors from LifeWay Research. Read More

  • Halloween outreach: Long after candy is gone…

    by Sarah Riddle, posted Friday, October 30, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    BOSTON (BP) -- Trick-or-treat night can be a delicate subject for a Christian parent.

    There are layers of issues to think about: Will they be safe? Do I want my kids consuming candy? Are costumes OK? To be forthright, the biggest issue for most of us is truth. There is little in the modern celebration of Halloween that reflects biblical Christian beliefs. Read More

  • Halloween opportunity for churches' evangelism

    by Keila Diaz/Florida Baptist Witness, posted Wednesday, October 28, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Courtesy of Bell Shoals Baptist Church
    MIAMI (BP) -- While retail stores across the nation are selling Halloween costumes and all kinds of sweets, many Southern Baptist churches are getting ready to offer their communities a safe and fun alternative.

    These events, scheduled on or around Oct. 31, are growing in size to the point where some of them now compare as outreach opportunities to Easter, Vacation Bible School and Christmas. Read More

  • Halloween draws focus of new study

    by Carol Pipes, posted Monday, October 26, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When it comes to Halloween, most Americans don't have a problem celebrating the spooky holiday, a new study shows. Yet, one-third say they avoid Halloween or its pagan elements.

    Although 3 in 5 Americans told LifeWay Research Halloween is "all in good fun," 21 percent avoid the holiday completely and another 14 percent avoid the pagan elements. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Avoid perverse, violent TV

    by Paul Brewster, posted Monday, October 06, 2014 (3 years ago)

    MADISON, Ind. (BP) -- Fall is nearly in full swing. Leaves are turning color, Saturdays are filled with football, pumpkins are gracing doorsteps and firewood is stockpiled. Read More

  • Christian, don't be 'afraid' to share Christ at Halloween

    by Bob Nigh, posted Friday, October 25, 2002 (15 years ago)

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    Helpful tracts
    Tracts help share the gospel message to children and their families on Halloween night.
          OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)--It's Oct. 31, and porch lights on virtually every other house on your street are shining. Nearby trees are decorated with strings of lighted jack-o-lanterns and ghosts made of old sheets swaying in the breeze. Many of those other houses' doors are decorated with either a green-faced witch bearing a snaggle tooth grin or a hissing black cat with its back arched and muscles tensed in a pouncing posture.

          As a Christian, however, you don't have your porch light on. Even the lights inside your home are dimmed in hopes that the kids in the neighborhood won't realize you're home.

          "No trick-or-treating here," you mutter as you peer out through the shuttered windows.

          The scenario above may be an exaggeration, but every year, Christians do face the dilemma of how to deal with the onslaught of images produced in conjunction with the public's fascination with Halloween. Read More

  • Witch's conversion evidences the power of Christian witness

    by Janice Backer, posted Friday, October 25, 2002 (15 years ago)

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    No place to hide
    A person involved in witchcraft or other forms of the occult may frequent speciality shops like this one, but a Christian's witness can have staying power until faith takes hold.

          JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP)--Years ago, Halloween conjured up shrieking costumed children, pouncing up the driveway eagerly screaming for another candy treat. Few Christians worried about the magic or witchcraft found in fairy tales or in the television show "Bewitched."

          Today, magic and witchcraft permeate American culture.

          Bill Losasso, senior pastor of Pathways Community Church in Largo, Fla., regards the Sunshine State as "one of the three hotbeds for witchcraft along with Texas and California." Read More