Current News March 28
*From the States (pgs. 5-10)
*The Answer is “No” (pg. 1)
Diane – I’ve been asked by a couple of people, “Won’t your recent rate increase cover the Baptist Trumpet’s needs?” And my answer is, “Unfortunately, no; because we still only charge a little more than half of what it actually costs to get the Trumpet out each week.” We depend on monthly and special donations to cover the difference. Last year, I set the Special Emphasis goal at $35,000, which I thought would be the absolute minimum we’d need. Unfortunately, I estimated a bit low and, with extra expenses, we actually needed about $50,000.
*What Are We Changing? (pg. 1)
Steve Crawley – Part 2 of 3 – With the approaching retirement of Ron Chesser and his staff, Ministers Resource Services (MRS) will be undergoing a number of significant changes. In the last week’s article, I addressed the “why” question and shared that we are changing to enhance benefits, provide more flexible options, lower our costs, provide ongoing educational services and strive to increase participation in the BMA Retirement Plan. This second article addresses the “what” question:
*We Are FREE is Walking by Faith (pg. 1)
Angelyn McMurray – I have often wondered what it would have been like to stand at the edge of the Red Sea, feeling completely desperate and vulnerable as the Egyptian Army with all its chariots barreled forward toward my most certain death. Then to hear Moses say “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord!” and watch as an entire body of water split in two with a perfect dry path laid out between two enormous walls of water. I cannot comprehend it, but I know that I have desperately wanted to see that same God in my life. Still, as much as I longed to see God in that light, my culturally-adjusted Americanism caused me to believe that God just didn’t show up like that anymore. However, in the midst of the push and pull between my spiritual longings and my sinful nature, God just didn’t show up like that anymore.
*The Other Side of Everlasting Smiles (pg. 1)
Angela Rice – Last week, I experienced the “other side” of Everlasting Smiles, our BMA Shoebox Ministry. I was honored to lead a team to visit our missionaries, Denis Lopez and Brad Gathright in Honduras to pass out Shoeboxes to children in our BMA churches. Can I tell you that there is nothing like it? Our first shoebox distribution happened in a church. We had a time of worship and Bible story with the kids, of course we had a little snack and then we gave out the gifts. I wish you could have heard all of the excited little voices as they looked at the things inside the boxes you packed. They were very excited to receive the boxes. Over and over little voices would say thank you in both English and Spanish.
CBC Baseball at Dickey-Stephens Park (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – After a successful trip to Dickey-Stephens Park last season, Central Baptist College baseball has announced that they will return to the Park this season. The game, which will be sponsored by First Security Bank, will take place at 6 p.m. on April 17 against NCAA Division II opponent Harding University. Last’s year’s game was a huge success, as CBC came back from a 5-3 deficit in the fifth inning to defeat Crowley’s Ridge College 11-6 on April 24. This year’s game will be held on a Tuesday night instead of a Monday. (Athletic Scores also on page 2)
HIS in Beijing, China Needs Teachers, Counselors (pg. 2)
Jenni Johnson – The World Evangelical Fellowship sponsored the Reducing Missionary Attrition Project (ReMAP) during the last decade of the 20th century. Between 1994 and 1996, ReMAP received surveys from 551 missionaries from 14 sending countries. In 1997, the results were published as a book edited by William Taylor and titled Too Valuable to Lose: Exploring the Causes and Cures of Missionary Attrition. One thing the survey asked was for the missionaries to indicate the most important reasons why missionaries they knew had left their agency during the previous five years. The first reason was retirement, and the second was children — “one or more of their offspring were unable to adapt to a new culture, or had needs related to education, health or behavior.” (missionarycare.com/attrition.html)
Systems: Exegeting the Culture (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Innovation and experimentation should not be seen as bad things when we are trying to “Break the Missional Code” of the community we live in and as we are focusing on reaching the people of our city. In I Cor. 9:23 Paul said, “To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save some.” While an “anything goes” approach is not what we are talking about, we must also have a willingness to do whatever it takes to reach people with the Gospel. Tim Keller describes contextualization as “giving people the Bible’s answers, which they may or may not at all want to hear, to questions about life that people in their particular time and place are asking, in language and forms they can comprehend and through appeals and arguments with force they can feel, even if they reject them.”
Making the Church a Priority (pg. 3)
Dan Carson – “Sure, I go to church. I’m in youth group almost every Wednesday night.” We hear that a lot when working with students. Youth group is exciting and fun. It is loud, and you get to hang out with your friends. The problem is that youth group is only a small part of church. The local body of Christ is made up of all ages. We learn from those sitting beside us when we worship. We receive encouragement when we sit together at a fellowship meal. God calls us to live life together with the whole body, not just those like us. If you’re reading this, you probably already know that because you have been blessed by others in your congregation for years. It’s one of the reasons you want to serve and help students. But the question remains: “How do we help students see the value of being involved in church and not just youth group?” Let me offer a few suggestions:
Our Hearts Are Broken (pg. 4)
Editor – We are family here in the BMA of Arkansas Building (which houses the Baptist Trumpet, BMA of Ark. Missions and Trumpet Printing) — and when one hurts, we all hurt. Today, our hearts are truly broken for our dear friend, Trumpet Administrative Assistant (and my “right arm”) Marene Waters. Her sister, Vada Nichols, 77, was brutally murdered the evening of March 24 during a home invasion in Cardwell, Mo., just across the border from Arkansas.
Getting a Grip (pg. 11)
Paul White – Believe God for every need — that is our final suggestion to help overcome worry. Let us go to the Sermon on the Mount where the Lord addresses the matter of anxiety: “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore, take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt. 6:30-33). Once we understand and really believe that God cares for the birds and such, we have taken an important step to victory over worry. God is able to provide for every necessity of life. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). With that promise, no believer should ever allow himself to be a victim of crippling worry over the things of this life.
Personality Profile (pg. 12)
Missionary Elect Paige Ferrell