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Halloween: Don’t let it divide you, Greear saysNASHVILLE (BP) -- Christians have long had differing views on how to approach Halloween. But Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said in a recent podcast that the holiday doesn't have to be divisive -- in fact, it can be a great way to get to know your neighbors.
"Some participate and some don't, but all can redeem -- that is, we can use it for evangelism," Greear said on the Oct. 22 edition of his "Ask Me Anything" podcast.
Halloween is probably the only day of the year that your neighbors are knocking on your door, ... Read More
Halloween: 6 ways to engage neighborsNASHVILLE (BP) -- For some Christians, "Halloween" is a dreaded word that can bring up questions and debate.
But putting aside all the differing opinions, Halloween can offer an opportunity for believers to engage their neighbors who don't know Jesus.
At this point some Christians may be thinking, OK, what gospel tract should they place in every trick-or-treat bag? Gospel tracts have a time and place, but some might want to consider an approach that requires a little more investment. Halloween is a time when believers have the ... Read More
Halloween outreach 'hammers out the Gospel,' pastor saysWAVERLY, 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 devilKANSAS 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
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 sayNASHVILLE (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…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' evangelismMIAMI (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 studyNASHVILLE (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