The Briefing: High and dry in Albion with medical marijuana

Lisa Misner —  October 13, 2015

The BriefingHigh and dry in Albion, IL

The first medical marijuana harvest in the state has begun near the southern Illinois town of Albion. The town, where the sale of packaged liquor is banned, is the site of an Ataraxia cultivation center for medical marijuana.

Grandma clings to the old red cross in SC floodwaters

South Carolina grandmother Clara Gantt was heading to church near Blythewood when her car was caught up in floodwaters. Her grandson Travis Catchings came to her aid, but both ended up clinging to a large red cross in a churchyard until rescuers arrived five hours later. Watch a cell phone video from the rescue.

Lawsuit: Baby Jesus doesn’t belong in Christmas play

The “War on Christmas” started early this year. The Freedom from Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit against Concord Community Schools in Elkhart, Ind. demanding an injunction to forbid the school from “presenting the portion of the Christmas Spectacular with the live Nativity Scene and the telling of the story of the birth of Jesus.”

SBTS conference on transgenderism responds to challenges

The transgender movement presents an unprecedented theological and cultural crisis for the church, said Southern Baptist scholars at the SBTS conference on transgenderism and transformational Christianity. “The transgender revolution presents a more acute and more comprehensive challenge than merely the issue of homosexuality,” seminary President Albert Mohler said. “Because of the identity questions rooted in creation, the transgender revolution represents a challenge on an altogether different scale.”

Another state legalizes physician-assisted suicide

California became the latest—and most populous—state to pass an assisted dying bill. The law will permit physicians to provide lethal prescriptions to mentally competent adults who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and face the expectation that they will die within six months. Currently, 1 in 6 Americans lives in a state where a doctor can prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to a patient.

Sources: Baptist Press, Chicago Sun-Times, ERLC, Fox News

Lisa Misner


Lisa is IBSA Social Media/Public Policy Manager. A Missouri native, she earned a Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Illinois. Her writing has received awards from the Baptist Communicators Association and the Evangelical Press Association.