Current News Nov. 1
*Businesses Owned By BMA Members (pg. 1)
Editor – The following 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. A listing should not be considered an endorsement or recommendation by the BMA of Arkansas, the church where the owner is a member, the Baptist Trumpet or the Trumpet staff. Businesses are listed under each heading in alphabetical order — city first, then business name. If the nature of a business fits into more than one category, it will be listed in both categories.
*Preaching Under Pressure (pg. 1)
H.B. Charles Jr. – As a young pastor embroiled in congregational conflict, I once told my pastoral mentor I was going to resign my church. As our conversation progressed, he identified the motivation behind my planned resignation — I just wanted to preach one Sunday in peace. He warned me, however, that trouble would find me wherever I preached the Bible and lifted the name of Jesus. He encouraged me to stay put, keep preaching and not grow weary in well-doing. I heeded his counsel; and I am glad I did not quit, even though the conflict in my church continued for several more years. I wouldn’t trade anything for what God taught me as I preached under pressure.
*World Changers are Made In Local Churches (pg. 1)
There’s a young woman from Springhill Baptist Church in Greenbrier whose missions legacy runs deep through the BMA. Her name is Hannah Tilley, and throughout her family’s generations, there have been pastors, a BMA Missions director and a president of Central Baptist College. And Hannah is a short-term medical missionary. It began with her great-grandfather, W.J. Burgess, the first ever BMA Missions executive director. “He helped start the Missions part of the BMA and how it relates to all the churches,” said Tilley. “He would write letters to missionaries all over the world.” 23.
The legacy that W.J. Burgess left for his family is still being realized today. In fact, in the summer of 2017, Tilley went on a short-term missions trip to Cape Verde, Africa with a Volunteer Student Missions (VSM) team.
*Prayer and Worship (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Worship exists for God. He is the only one worthy of our praise and adoration. We want His fame to spread throughout the world, and for Him to be honored, adored and glorified in our midst. Prayer is an essential part of our worship and should reflect this adoration and praise. Our prayers during worship should lift the weary soul up before God just as much as our music or any other offering we bring. That does not mean praying in our “God voices,” but making sure that our hearts and minds are pure and focused entirely on Him.
Winter Sports Preview (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – The weather is changing on the campus of CBC, which marks the end of the Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball and fall Golf season and the beginning of the winter sports season. Men’s and women’s Basketball and Wrestling all begin their seasons within the next two weeks. (Also see Mustang Scores on page 2)
Is the Bible True? (pg. 2)
Mike McEuen – (II Peter 1:21) – Do we really believe the Bible is God’s Word, without error in its content, but true, word-by-word-by-word? Yes! Since the Bible is the book of God, and we are the people of God, the Bible is the most important book in the world to us. We believe that the Bible has no mistakes in any subject it addresses. It is historically accurate in every statement. It is the standard of truth we use as our measure for any and all other opinions, ideas or statements by man. We use two theological terms to describe this important truth.
Cases of Religious Discrimination Increase (pg. 3)
Larry Page – According to a report by the First Liberty Institute entitled Undeniable, the number of documented incidents of religious discrimination saw an increase of 15% in 2016 compared to 2015. Between 2011 and 2016, the cases increased by 133% (from 600 to over 1,400 incidents). First Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal organization, concentrates on defending religious freedom in the U.S. Since 2004, it has compiled data on religious freedom cases and began publishing its annual report, Undeniable, in 2012. Kelly Shackleford, the president of First Liberty Institute, said, “We are in battle right now for religious freedom in the future of our country.” He and others with the group are confident that attacks on religious freedom will continue to increase.
Once Upon a Time (pg. 4)
The Late Travis Plumlee – Once upon a time there was this fairly average Christian man. God had blessed him with a nice family, a good church, a decent job and income. He was an average age, an average looking man and pretty much all-around average. However, because he didn’t study the Word of God, he couldn’t claim any of the promises found in the Bible. He had listened to the world too long that he had let people define him. As a result, he had low self-esteem and didn’t like who he was deep down inside. His low self-esteem was actually caused by not knowing all that he was through Jesus Christ. This led to his personality traits of laughing at other people, being critical of and talking bad about other people.
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Work on Ark. Monument Replacement “Finished”; Homosexuality Part Of Disney “Legacy,” Evidently; American Who Joined
ISIS Gets 20 Years; Judge Okays Suit Over Baby Body Parts Research; Trump Admin. Forced To Facilitate Illegal’s Abortion; More on Food Stamps Than in Public Schools; British Church Bans Singing “Onward Christian Soldiers”
Bob Lane, Texas Minister, Dies (pg. 5)
(via Baptist Progress, Editor Jerry Fulton) — Robert (Bob) Frank Lane, 72 of North Richland Hills, Texas, died Oct. 19 while enjoying one of his favorite pastimes — traveling the world with his beloved wife, Gloria. Known for building and strengthening churches, Bob’s career in ministry, which included serving as a BMA of Texas missionary, spanned nearly six decades. He served both at home in Texas — including 12 years growing North Park Baptist Church in North Richland Hills into a vibrant community, and serving as senior pastor for 10 years at Fox Avenue Baptist Church in Lewisville — as well as in communities across the country.
A Blind Man’s Confidence (pg. 5)
A poet and an artist once examined a painting representing the healing of the two blind men of Jericho. The artist asked, “What seems to you the most remarkable thing in this painting?” “Everything is very clear,” said the poet, “the groupings of the individuals, the expressions upon the faces, etc.” The artist found the most significant touch elsewhere. He pointed to the steps of the house in the corner of the picture and said, “Do you see that discarded cane lying there?” “Yes,” said the poet, “but what does that signify?”
Lifeword Visits (pg. 5)
John & Holly Meriweather visited Denver Street Baptist Church in Greenwood during the Lifeword Sunday season so church members could learn more about their media ministry. They also visited Campground Baptist Church in Gulfport, Mo. and Missionary Baptist Church in Paducah, Texas.
Calvary Ordains Deacons (pg. 5)
Five men — Terry Gray, Jim Bowling, Eric McClaren, Greg Andrews and David Andrews — were ordained as deacons at Calvary Baptist Church in Morrilton on Oct. 22. Sonny Harvison serves the church as pastor.
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 6)
Carl & Dana Sookraj, Peru
Millennial & Bivocational: Church’s Intentional DNA (pg. 6)
Alex Sibley • Baptist Press – As both a crew member at Trader Joe’s and a minister at Progression Church in Baton Rouge, La., Joe Handy essentially gets to pastor two locations — his “Trader Joe’s campus” and his “Progression Church campus.” At Trader Joe’s, a grocery store chain, Handy rubs shoulders with nearly 85 coworkers from a wide range of social, cultural, political and spiritual backgrounds, most of whom have little to no interest in visiting a church. “So I try to pastor them right where they are,” Handy says. “I’m the only pastor some of them have. I love that I have the opportunity to bring church to them. “As they get to know me,” he continues, “trust builds, and I get to play the role of friend and pastor in their lives,” though they sometimes never realize it. “It’s fun seeing the worlds of Progression Church and Trader Joe’s collide like that.”
What is Sin? (I John 3:4-5) (pg. 7)
Paul White – The dictionary defines sin as an “offense against religious or moral law.” While that may sound fine, it does not include all that God says about the subject of sin. John wrote“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law; for sin is the transgression of the law” (I John 3:4). The original human sin is very simply recorded in Genesis 3, and its implications for mankind are expounded in Rom. 5:12-21. Man was created with a holy and godly nature, in fellowship with God. In the garden, man was tempted by Satan, and he deliberately chose the path of self-corruption and enmity against God. Unlike the angels, man is not a mere created being; instead, he was made in the image of God Himself. Man lives under the representative principle which governs all human life. There is a sense in which every American must say, “I signed the Declaration of Independence.”
Believing is Seeing (pg. 7)
J.D. Greear – Imagine that you’d been blind your whole life and, suddenly, through some medical miracle you regained your sight. How would you prove to someone that you are now in the light? It’s not that you can logically prove the existence of light. It’s not that you can explain how the medicine worked. It’s simply because you can now see everything else because of that light.
I Have A Bad Boss: What Can I Do? (pg. 8)
Dr. Tony Cleaver – It happens to all of us — the boss we have heard so much about is now ours. The bad boss is not a myth. The bad boss is alive and well and may be peering over your cubicle. What should you do when life places a bad boss in your path?