Current News – 7-12-17

*SOAR: Ministry for Every Believer (pg. 1)

Church vans piled in to the Gaylord Texan Resort the afternoon of July 5 for three days that would change lives forever. Nearly 2,000 students came together for the first session that evening, where Ryan Storey, Jordan Bowen and Mckenna Marlow hyped up the youth and kicked off the conference.


* Business Listing Coming Soon to Trumpet Website (pg. 1)

Beginning July 19, the Baptist Trumpet will accept submissions for a new listing of businesses owned by BMA of Arkansas church members. This listing will be on the website only, and will not appear in the actual Trumpet. The target date for the list to go live at is Sept. 1. The list is designed to denote businesses that are owned and operated by members in good standing of BMA of Arkansas churches. The nature and actions of the business must not conflict with the BMA Doctrinal Statement and our Church Covenant.


*Discovery Supports Bible’s Gezer Account (pg. 1)

David Roach – A discovery of ancient human remains by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary archaeologists has helped confirm Scripture’s portrayal of the city of Gezer in southern Israel. The discovery, unearthed this summer by Southwestern’s Tandy Institute of Archaeology, included remains of two adults and a child inside a building that appeared to have been violently destroyed by Egyptians in the 13th century B.C., according to media reports. Because the Egyptians in that period preferred to keep vanquished foes alive, “the heavy destruction suggests the Egyptian pharaoh encountered much resistance from the Gezerites,” Southwestern archaeology professor Steven Oritz told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.


* Carson Inauguration (pg. 1)

(Mississippi Baptist) – The Committee for the Inauguration of Dr. Scott Carson and the faculty and staff of Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel, Miss. invite you to the inauguration of Dr. Scott Carson to the office of president. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3, in the Multi-Purpose Building on campus, located at 4229 Highway 15 North, Laurel, Miss. 39443. For more information, call (601) 426-6346. There will be a reception following the inauguration.


*Call for Third-Party Comments (pg. 2)

The Teacher Education Program at Central Baptist College is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on Nov. 12-15. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site visit team by Sept. 30. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party’s relationship to the program (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). We invite you to submit written testimony to: CAEP, 1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036; or


Arkansas Galilean Summer Camp is July 28-30 (pg. 2)

Kenneth Colvert – It’s almost time for the Arkansas Galileans to head to Ponca Bible Camp in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. This is a wilderness camp where we look forward to relief from the summer heat and a great time of fun, fellowship and worship. Registration will begin in the cafeteria at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 28. Color Guard and devotional will be at 7:30, and the evening meal will be served at 7:45.


Arkansas Camp Joshua 2017 (pg. 2)

Rose Mimms – Arkansas Right to Life’s (ARTL) pro-life summer camp for teenagers is set for July 28-30. In 2012, ARTL held its first successful summer camp for young people. We did it again the next year hosting a fall and spring camp, and since then we have planned a summer camp each year in July. Arkansas Camp Joshua (ACJ) will provide a weekend of pro-life education and training in order to equip students to be knowledgeable and effective pro-life advocates and leaders. The camp is part of the Life & Leadership Camps initiative, a nationwide pro-life program developed by National Right to Life, Louisiana Right to Life and Wisconsin Right to Life.


What Does Spiritual Leadership Look Like? (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – Much has been said and written about leadership: “Everything rises and falls on leadership. Leadership is influence. The speed of the leader determines the speed of the team.” There are volumes of books on leadership from the business world and from the church world, but there are two books on leadership from a biblical perspective that really stand out to me. They are Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders and Spiritual Leadership by Henry and Richard Blackaby.


Blessings of the Song of Solomon (pg. 3)

Jerry Jolly – I am excited about the upcoming study of Song of Solomon in the Fall edition of Compass Bible Studies. Perhaps you are wondering why a widower would be enthusiastic about studying a book written about love and marriage. The reason is simple: all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is a blessing to prayerful readers, no matter their life situation. It seems in the last three years, since the passing of my wife, Sweetpea, God had me in mind when He led Solomon to write these words. In reading them, I have remembered:


Spotlight: Philippines (pg. 4)

Stan & Donna Scroggins, Philippines; Doug & Diane Lee, Philippines; Fil & Lisa Kakilala, Philippines


Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

“God’s Not Dead” Donates; Set to Film Again in Ark.; Bible-Minded Cities; Canadian Baby Issued Gender-Free Health Card; Seven PP Facilities Close; Hobby Lobby to Pay $3M Fine for “Smuggling”


El Dorado Church “Rises From the Ashes” (pg. 5)

Work is progressing well on the Murmil Heights Baptist Church (El Dorado) church plant, and they hope to complete the project by the end of the year. The new facility will replace the original one that was struck by lightning and burned on April 11, 2016. The new building is being built by R&R (Keith Ramsey) Construction at the same site as the original one, and will be 19,000 sq. ft. It will include a 400-seat auditorium, large fellowship hall, nursery and multiple classrooms. A separate multi-purpose family life center is planned for the future.


Eudora Leslie, BMA Writer, Dies (pg. 5)

Eudora Virginia Williams Leslie, 92 of Cedar Park, Texas passed away July 1. She was the widow of BMA Minister Reuben Leslie, who pastored churches in Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Mrs. Leslie was a public school teacher, and for 16 years she wrote quarterly children’s and teacher-training literature, including the book, Jesus Said, for the BMA of America.


Save the Date, Ladies! (pg. 5)

Come join us Sept. 8-9 at Budd Creek Baptist Camp in the beautiful woods near Greer’s Ferry for the annual Arkansas Ladies Retreat. Although organized by the BMA of Arkansas WMA, the retreat is for all ladies, whether your church has a WMA or not. Sabrina Clayton will be speaking, and the ladies formerly known as the Lifeword Trio will be leading in worship.


A Closing and a Beginning (pg. 5)

Donna Jackson – When the VBS closing program at Milligan Ridge Baptist Church in Manila ended, Zach Luster (who had helped his girlfriend with her Pre-K class that week) came forward and presented himself for baptism. After he talked about his decision and how his life had been changed, Pastor Mike Colvin asked Kailey Holt (Zach’s girlfriend and the granddaughter of the late Waymon Holt, who pastored the church for almost 45 years) to come up and stand with Zach.


40 Days For Life In Arkansas (pg. 5)

“On Sept. 27, the highly successful 40 Days for Life campaign returns to Little Rock with 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, as well as community outreach and peaceful witness,” said Mary Pate, who has coordinated the past Little Rock Campaigns. “We know 40 Days for Life has made a difference in the Little Rock area,” said Mary. “Here are just a couple of the positive results of our past campaigns: 18 confirmed babies saved and 35 different churches got involved.” To learn more about 40 Days for Life campaign, visit: For information about the Little Rock campaign, visit For assistance or for more information, please contact Monique Guillory at or (337) 371-1512.


Blessed (pg. 7)

Paul White – God continues to bless, as our missionaries have been busy this summer doing all sorts of things. Much of their success is the result of those churches that have donated time, energy and money to drive great distances and to come alongside various ones, be it construction, VBS, outreach, etc. I encourage your church to consider becoming more involved in State Missions by volunteering to help wherever needed. State Missions Day (July 30) is fast approaching, and we are praying for a great offering. A special thanks to Pocahontas Baptist Church for hosting a Fishing for Men fish fry for the second year in a row. The funds collected from it will be added to their Missions Day offering.


Builders Back in Arkansas (pg. 7)

Nelda Malone – The Master’s Builders returned to Summers Baptist Church at Summers in June to work on another new addition to their church plant. This was our third time to be with this church, and we always look forward to being with friends we’ve come to love and appreciate. Pastor Paul Young and his family are such special people, and they lead such a wonderful group of dedicated servants, that we are inspired each time we get to be together. There were nine RVs parked on the north side of the building as we began work on the 25×100 ft. side building that is attached to the metal 100×60 ft. Family Life building. The side building will house a kitchen, pantry, laundry, large classroom, restrooms and the youth pastor’s office.


Macedonia WMA Reorganizes (pg. 8)

Evelyn Clark – The WMA at Macedonia Baptist Church in Jonesboro has reorganized, and we elected Pamela Gates as president. Our first project proved to be a great success. We had a food drive to stock our food pantry, and the people of Jonesboro gave generously, allowing the church to continue our efforts to feed the hungry in our area. A huge “thank you” goes to one of our local grocers for allowing us to use their store as a collection site.


Here’s My Card (pg. 8)

Diana Davis – The young mom ahead of you in the grocery line chats about her toddlers, and you mention your church’s awesome kids’ class and couples’ Bible study. She’s interested, so you give her your card and say, “Here’s my email. Let me know if you’d like to come on Sunday, and I’ll meet you at the entrance.” You can do this. Here’s an inexpensive, simple, effective tool for a Christian.


Chaplain Pearce “Takes Off Uniform”

Carter Pearce – On July 9, when I returned home from drill, I took off my uniform for possibly the last time. I have served as a chaplain in the Arkansas National Guard for almost 10 years. I have been on two deployments, served full-time for three years, flown on helicopters, ridden in tanks, worked in the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, performed 29 suicide interventions, taught and preached to thousands of service members, served on 26 Casualty Notification Teams, preached many military funerals, resigned from three churches due to military needs and rubbed shoulders with some of the best men and women in the world today.

Assistant Editor

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