Current News April 11
*New Work on the Horizon (pg. 7)
Paul White – We visited with a perspective bi-vocational candidate, Rubin Isturiz, who has a burden to begin a Hispanic work in the West Little Rock area. After hearing from Bro. Rubin, the committee and executive director voted to recommend him to begin a new work in this area with Chenal Valley Baptist Church extending them an arm. Chenal Valley also graciously has offered to share their facilities with this new work to help them get started.
*Called Missionary Committee Meeting (pg. 1)
April 24,2018 at 10 a.m., Chenal Valley Baptist Church, 1800 Rahling Rd., Little Rock, AR 72223; Chairman David Inzer has called the meeting to consider Rubin Isturiz as a Hispanic bi-vocational missionary working in the West Little Rock area. Please make plans to attend to ensure we have a quorum to conduct this important business
*No Paper Next Week (pg. 1)
There will be no Baptist Trumpet next week due to the BMA of America meeting in Jackson, Miss. Baptist Trumpet, State Missions and Trumpet Printing offices will be closed April 16-20.
*An Evening of Hope (pg. 1)
A large crowd gathered Saturday night, April 7 at Hempstead Hall in Hope for the second annual gala in support of We Are FREE (Fostering Respect, Eradicating Exploitation). The theme was An Evening of Hope, and included music by a three-person ensemble of piano, guitar and drums… Christina Rangel, of California, the keynote speaker is a wife, mother of four, is a college student who is aspiring to be a lawyer, and a survivor of human trafficking. Unlike many high-risk victims who are foster youth or runaways, Mrs. Rangel grew up in Nevada, and was from a middle to upper class family that owned a casino.
Is Your Church Prepared for These Issues? (pg.1)
Larry Page – Churches and their pastors, staff and congregations are navigating through a variety of issues. However, there are two issues in particular that are both front and center and potentially problematic if churches don’t understand them and fail to prepare adequately to deal with them – Guns in Churches and Religious Liberty.
CBC Alumni News and Updates (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – The Central Baptist College Alumni office wants to hear from you! If you read Facebook, you will see have seen our posts asking alumni of the college to update their contact information. If you haven’t done so already, please visit cbc.edu/alumniupdate. Do you have a child, grandchild or even friends with kids? Consider joining our Mustangs in the Making program. As children enter your family, we want to welcome them into ours as well. We want to pay special attention to our “Future Mustangs” and help them build a love for CBC early. Children enrolled in the Mustangs in the Making Legacy Program will receive gifts from CBC on milestone birthdays. To enroll, please visit cbc.edu/mustangsinthemaking. (Also see CBC Sport scores on page 2.)
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 2)
Stan & Donna Scroggins, Philippines; John & Brenda Bienlein • Flint, Mich., Master’s House Deaf Church; Michel & Ruth Poirier, Haiti
Ministry Placement System (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – We speak often of the great commandment (Matt. 22:37), and the great commission (Matt. 28:19-20); but there is also the great charge given by Peter in I Peter 4:10 (CSB): “Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God.” This great charge must be the goal of every church regardless of its size. The goal is to involve every believer in ministry by using their gifts to serve others. The truth is that saved people are supposed to serve people and willingly sacrifice for others.
ABS Student Ministries SFA (pg. 3)
John Shackelford – We are having a great school year at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Tex., and we are being blessed! I am thrilled to share with our friends and partners in the Association of Baptist Students (ABS) ministry, some of the events so far this year.
Special Emphasis Update (pg. 4)
Editor – Anything we receive over our $35,000 goal this year will give us a little cushion to help us over the financial bumps that always seem to hit us. That cushion is something I’ve been praying for since I became editor in 2005, and I’m asking God to sell a few of His cattle to make it happen. Limited space has prevented me from running an updated list of our “very special” Special Emphasis contributors. The last listing was $1,464, although a brief updated amount of $3,934 was listed in the March 21 issue. Since then, two special couples have stepped up to the plate and given $5,000 each to help us. They both chose to remain anonymous; but rest assured, they have been dear and personal friends to me, and to the Trumpet, for many years. God bless y’all! And may God bless each individual and church that followed God’s leading and has given sacrificially to help us keep the Trumpet going out weekly. (Total as of April 10 is $24,653.50)
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Filings Take Sides In Ark. Abortion Suit; Hawaii is the Sixth State to Legalize Assisted Suicide; Christian Colonel Wins Appeal.
Reta Hoshaw Honored (pg. 5)
Reta (Carter) Hoshaw was surprised with a 90th birthday party in her honor April 8 at Calvary Baptist Church at Conway, where she is a dedicated member. She was born April 16, 1928 in the Pleasant Valley Community near Wooster. In addition to a fellowship dinner, Mrs. Reta was surprised with the donation of 312 Gideon Bibles in her name by her friends and family. Steve Dillon, of the South Faulkner County Gideons, made the presentation and said the Bibles would be placed in hotels and motels around the country. He estimated that each Bible would be seen by over 1,200 individuals, and many will be eternally impacted by them. He also noted that some of the money donated in her honor would be used for Bible distribution at Toad Suck Daze next month in Conway.
Missionary Profile (pg. 5)
Stephen Schroeder, Papua, New Guinea
Attention: Jonesboro Association Churches (pg. 5)
Richard Hartness, historian for the Jonesboro Association, is requesting individual church histories from those churches currently associated with that association, or from anyone formerly associated with those churches who might have historical sketches about them. The histories may be sent to Bro. Hartness at 3305 Richardson Drive, Apt. M3, Jonesboro, Ark. 72404 or email@example.com.
Hospitality (pg. 6)
Dan Carson – Whether we serve in a church of 20 or 200, there is an attitude that all of us need to embrace. It’s hospitality. I’m writing this week from the home of a friend, T.J. Lewis. He is the youth pastor of a large church in Arlington, Texas. It is a Sunday night, and his house is buzzing with activity because he invited the middle school boys from his ministry to come over and watch WrestleMania. It has been loud and crazy, but the best part is seeing these young guys just feel loved and welcome.
Our View of Church (pg. 6)
Becca Watts – What do we need to change about our view of church? Recently, while in Dallas, I was watching a newscast about the prospective church attendance in Dallas for Easter. It was astonishing how many millennials were not going to be in church on Easter. Now don’t get me wrong, I want everyone to be in church every Sunday possible. Going to church matters, and I honestly don’t know how people do life without their church peeps. But Easter is one of those times when even irregular attendees come to worship — you know, the Christmas, Easter and Mother’s Day crowd. It’s a time, especially in the South, where most people take the time to honor the resurrection of our Savior.
Simple Questions (pg. 6)
Jeff Iorg – The American church has never been more analyzed and categorized, with predictions galore about where it’s headed, what it’s becoming, how it needs to change and whether it is growing, plateaued or declining. It’s easy to get lost in all this and decide the health of our own local church more intuitively — basically, do we like it? If we do, then it’s a “healthy” church. If not, then it needs to change so we will like it more, which is an unhealthy standard. Somewhere between these extremes has to be a simpler way to understand the direction a church is trending — growing or declining, healthy or dying. Three simple questions can help cut through the fog:
Texas Dedication Service Following Hurricane Harvey (pg. 8)
Mailbox (Pastor Jim Lea) – The members of Bethel Baptist church at Port Arthur, Texas are excited to announce our dedication service following our recover from the effects of Hurricane Harvey last year. We are very thankful to our God, who has blessed us amazingly and for those who have helped us with prayers, encouragement, physical work and/or finances. Some have helped us through the BMAA Emergency Relief Fund. Thank you all very much for that help. We invite those who have helped us rebuild our church house to come to our dedication service. We also invite the friends of Bethel and those who love Southern Gospel music. The dedication service will be May 6 at 4 p.m. The Southern Plainsmen will help us celebrate this momentous occasion with a concert. Thomas Monroe and Chris Blacksmith will speak, and there will be a slide presentation of the devastation and of the recovery. The service will end with a fellowship meal.