Current News Sept. 20
*BMA of Arkansas Meeting Schedule (pg. 8)
*From the States Insert (pgs. 5-8)
*The BMA Needs Your Help (pg. 1)
Each year, the Baptist Missionary Association sends a form to all BMA churches to collect their most up-to-date information. This helps us connect, build relationships and provide accurate information of the impact BMA churches are making through their local communities with the Gospel. Visit bmaamerica.org to update your church information at any time. Once on the website at bmaamerica.org, select the “BMA Churches” tab listed at the top, then click on “BMA Church Log In.” Only pastors, church staff members or church members granted authority by their church may add or update their church information. Or fill out the pre-populated form provided and mail to: BMA America, P.O. Box 1188, Conway, Ark. 72033
*SOAR 2018 Visioneer Events (pg. 2)
DiscipleGuide is already planning SOAR 2018 — an event that we hope will be our best conference yet! So please join us at one of our three remaining Visioneer meetings — a free event open to all leaders of students in your church. Snacks will be provided, and all meetings are at 7:30 p.m. We’ll see you there! Sept. 25 at BMA Missions in Conway; Sept, 26 at ABS @ SAU in Magnolia; Oct. 3 on Facebook Live @soarconference (7 p.m.)
*Lifeword Sunday Video Ready for Download (pg. 1)
On Oct. 22, BMA churches will celebrate Lifeword Sunday by learning about, praying for and giving to Lifeword. This year’s video will be available to download Friday, Sept. 22. Go to Lifeword’s Facebook page and website for a link that will take you to Vimeo for download. DVDs can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will be sent at no charge. Churches who are planning to participate in Lifeword Sunday on that day (or any day they choose) need to register at lifeword.org/lifewordsunday and receive their free T-shirts and bulletin inserts.
Partisan Political Speech From the Pulpit (pg. 1)
Larry Page – President Trump recently signed an executive order intended to prevent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from enforcing the so-called Johnson Amendment to the Internal Revenue Code. In 1954, then Senator Lyndon Johnson successfully pushed through the amendment. He was livid about a Texas non-profit organization that had endorsed his opponent in his race for reelection to the Senate. The amendment was his way of settling the score.
CBC Increases New Student Enrollment for Fall 2017 (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – A report released by the CBC Office of the Registrar indicates an increase in the traditional incoming class as well as an increase of students living on campus. CBC’s fall enrollment is highlighted by the traditional incoming class that has increased 5.6% from the 2016 class. “The Admissions and Registration teams did an outstanding job of bringing in the 2017 class, which is the highest since 2011,” said Ryan Johnson, Vice President for Enrollment Management. The 2017 class also includes a 7% increase in the freshman class. In addition, students living on campus increased 22%, the highest total since 2006. According to Johnson, “The Dickson Residence Hall, which opened in 2014, is filled to capacity.” (Also see CBC athletic scores on page 2.)
Judeo-Christian Heritage Series: Capital Punishment (pg. 2)
“And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death” (Lev. 24:17). The Bible favors the death penalty. Capital punishment not only deters crime, it is the ultimate and greatest deterrent because the murdering criminal knows that from the imposition of the sentence there will be no probation and no parole. Society, according to God’s law, has a right to defend itself, that is to take the life of those who commit murder with premeditation and planning.
Church Mission Strategy (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Have you begun working on your church’s mission strategy? Have you determined how you can become involved more than just giving a monthly percentage of your tithes and offerings? Are unreached people groups in your vision and conversations? Have you prayerfully considered how your church might plant a church? How will you determine your level of involvement in God’s mission strategy? You can pray, prepare, partner, plant and be a parent. We must continue to be committed to the multiplication of disciples, leaders and churches! Missions-minded churches jump from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. Missional churches focus on Jerusalem, “All” Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Give to BMA Disaster Relief Fund (pg. 3)
Jerry Burnaman – My article for this month’s Baptist Progress is to inform readers about the Baptist Missionary Loan Association, how we provide funds for churches and the ways people can invest fund to help growing churches. However, for the past month, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have occupied our minds; therefore, I’m deviating from the routine to share some thoughts with you. We are overwhelmed by seeing television reports about the destruction of property, and hear heartbreaking stories of people losing everything. Some have lost their lives. But catastrophes often bring out the best in people.
Baptist Trumpet Survey (pg. 4)
What I like most about the Baptist Trumpet is: What I like least about the Baptist Trumpet is: I do_____ or do not______ like the monthly “From the States” insert. Something I wish the Trumpet would add is: Something I’d like to see changed in the Trumpet’s format and/or content is:
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Court Stops Three New Mo. Abortion Centers, Boston Challenged on Christian Flag Denial.
Senior Adult Conference is Approaching! (Pg. 4)
This year’s Senior Adult Conference, hosted by DiscipleGuide, is going to be just like a family reunion! Join your friends in the beautiful Ozarks from Nov. 13-15 to enjoy powerful preaching and moving worship. Pastor Don Chandler will deliver God’s Word in each main session. His strong leadership and powerful preaching have been a mainstay at Central Baptist Church in Conway since 1979. Conference attendees will enjoy singing classic hymns together with two seasoned worship leaders. David Attebery and Neil Dumas grew up playing music together at First Baptist Church in Springhill, La. Today, David serves as assistant director of Celebrate Recovery for Fellowship Bible Church in Northwest Arkansas. Neil serves as director of music at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Texas.
Otis Lyons, Greenbrier Minister, Dies (pg. 9)
Otis E. Lyons, Jr., 92 of Greenbrier, passed away Sunday, Sept. 17. He was saved when he was 37, and surrendered to preach 4 years later in March 1962. Bro. Lyons was ordained by his home church, Friendship Republican Baptist Church at Greenbrier, where he had been serving as deacon. He began his 54-year ministry as interim pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Booneville in 1962. Other pastorates include: Calvary, Heber Springs; Friendship, Bald Knob; Sand Springs, Damascus (twice); New Home, Quitman; Caney Valley, Plumerville, New Bethany, Quitman; Greer’s Ferry, Greers Ferry (twice); and Landmark, McRae. During this time, he also served four years as Greenbrier Association’s treasurer. He was also retired from the Conway Human Development Center in Conway. Survivors include: a son, Otis Gene (Michelle) Lyons; a brother, Waylon Lyons; a sister, Marvelle Hardy; one granddaughter and one great granddaughter. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 21 at LifeSong Baptist Church in Greenbrier, with funeral service following at 10 a.m. Freddie Mark Wilcox will be officiating, and interment will follow at Republican Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LifeSong Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1336, Greenbrier, Ark. 72058.
State WMA Project Deadline Nears (pg.9)
Autumn has arrived and the time for our Arkansas State WMA meeting will be here soon. This year’s state project has been the BMAA World Missions Fund (General Fund). This fund is very important because it helps support the 70 American missionaries in over 70 different countries of the world. Over 88¢ of each dollar goes directly to the mission field. The following is the breakdown for the fund: 70% goes to pay missionaries salaries; 20% goes to missionary care, the publication of Mission:World and administrative costs; 10% is used for needs such as international literature, seminaries, Bible institutes, language school and passage to and from the field, etc.
40 Days for Life (pg. 9)
The Fall 2017 Campaign of 40 Days for Life (prayer and fasting to end abortion) is about to kick off on Sunday, Sept. 24. From Sept. 27 through Nov. 5, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life — 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Little Rock Family Planning at #4 Office Park Drive in Little Rock, and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. If you’d like more information, and especially if you’d like to volunteer to help, please contact Tabitha Connolly at email@example.com The kickoff will be held Sunday afternoon, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m. on the sidewalk of #4 Office Park Drive. All are invited to attend.
World’s Largest Potluck: Eat. Give. Bless. (pg. 9)
The goal at DiscipleGuide is to equip the local church to carry out Christ’s call to make disciples of all nations. As you know, when churches are healthy, they send out missionaries. They produce the next pastors of churches. They develop the next generation of disciples. DiscipleGuide is there to make sure that happens! DiscipleGuide is the church investment arm of the BMA, developing camps, conferences, consulting and curriculum to give local churches the ability to grow and thrive.
Despite Wind, Rain & Floods, What Can We Learn? (pg. 10)
Gerald Harris – My heart goes out to all those severely impacted by the hurricanes that have swept through the Caribbean and onto the U.S. mainland. Harvey, Irma and the consequent tornados have wrought havoc in Texas, Florida and some contiguous states. We certainly can lament the howling winds, torrential rain and flooding and ask, “Why has this befallen us?” We can agonize about damaged property and dwell on the loss of public services and the daunting problem of cleaning up after the storm. But what about the lessons we can learn from a hurricane? Consider, for example:
Encouraging Your Pastor (pg. 10)
Allen Tilley – Peter Drucker, a leading authority on management, once made a profound observation on what he believed were the four most difficult jobs in America today: The President of the United States, a university president, a hospital administrator, and a pastor of a local church. Let me add: every pastor needs encouragement. For the man who is always on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, here is a list of ways that
Jesus Fulfills the Law: Matt. 5:17-19 (pg. 11)
Paul White – Jesus declared that He did not come of His own accord, as a civil revolutionary or insurrectionist against the established religious order, of which Israel had been trustee and custodian for more than 1,400 years. The very message of the Law and the Prophets was to point man toward Christ for salvation from his sin: “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:43).
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 11)
John & Brenda Bienlein • Swartz Creek, Mich., Master’s Hands Deaf Church
Florida Editor Sends Report (pg. 12)
Mailbox (John Paul Holt, editor, The Baptist Custom (BMA of Florida newspaper) – Thank you so much for your prayers and concern. We have just received power back and phone lines were down; even cell service has not been working well, so communication has been difficult. From what I know right now: Rolling Hills Baptist Church in Jacksonville seemed to have gotten the worst. They had a tree fall on part of their building, causing some damage. Beth Haven Baptist Church in Lake City (this is the church where I attend) — We had some minor damage to our sign and mailbox, and we have lots of tree debris to clean up; but we were very blessed. North Lakeland Baptist Church at Lakeland just had minor damage, and their power is back on now. From what I hear, everyone else is good. We don’t have anything set up for any donations at this point. We could use times like this to serve as a lesson from God that He does answer prayer and He is loving and merciful, because, although we have been uncomfortable, it could have been a lot worse. It also shows the goodness in people working together and helping each other, just the way God intended. (firstname.lastname@example.org)