The Briefing: Halloween is focus of new study, The Wall St. Journal on the IMB

Lisa Misner —  October 27, 2015

LifeWay Research studies views on HalloweenHalloween: ‘All in good fun’?

Most Americans don’t have a problem celebrating Halloween, a new study shows. Although 3 in 5 Americans told LifeWay Research that Halloween is “all in good fun,” 21 percent avoid the holiday completely and another 14 percent avoid the pagan elements.

The Wall St. Journal looks at the International Mission Board

The Wall Street Journal has taken notice of the International Mission Board’s budget woes. In the Oct. 25 article, “Cash-Strapped Missionaries Get a New Calling: Home,” the newspaper gives readers (and Southern Baptists) an opportunity to view the staff reduction from outside the denomination’s news agencies.

IBSA Disaster Relief volunteers head to SC

Three disaster relief teams from Illinois will each serve in South Carolina where severe flooding destroyed homes, businesses, and infrastructure in early October. The mudout teams will minister over three concurrent weeks beginning November 7. They will join the work of Southern Baptist Disaster relief volunteers from 15 other states.

Football coach can’t pray on field

In Washington State, Bremerton High School Coach Joe Kennedy has been told he’ll be fired if he continues to pray from the 50-yard line before each game. In a letter, Superintendent Aaron Leavell forbade him from “bowing his head, taking a knee or doing anything that might remotely be construed as religious.” The school district offered to provide him a place to pray that is “not observable to students or the public.” Coach Kennedy said he will continue to pray.

Sources: Baptist Press, Fox New, The Wall Street Journal

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.