Current News July 11
*Fishing This Saturday! (pg. 1)
Paul White – This Saturday, July 14, is the day Missionary Carter Pearce has asked for help in canvasing the neighborhoods of Green Forest. His community has a large Hispanic population, so we are desperately needing some who speak Spanish. We will go out in pairs, carrying information that Bro. Carter has prepared about the new mission. At 11 a.m., we will gather at the building on the town square, on the corner across from the bank, which is located on the south side of the Highway 62 in the middle of town. There will be parking behind the building in the lot of the old Harp’s grocery store. Lunch will be provided, and with enough help, we should be finished in a couple of hours. This would make a great outreach event for your church. This is a volunteer ministry, resulting in no cost to the mission. For more information call me at (501) 859-3329.
*Ballot Issues (pg. 1)
Larry Page – Friday, July 6, was the deadline for sponsors of initiated state constitutional amendments and acts to turn petitions in to the Arkansas secretary of state. To secure a place on the November general election ballot, proposed amendment backers must have collected on their petitions nearly 85,000 signatures of registered voters and sponsors of initiated acts must have petitions bearing almost 68,000 signatures of voters. Two amendments to establish casino gambling in the state were filed earlier this year, but petitions for only one were turned in. The Arkansas Jobs Coalition and the Driving Arkansas Forward ballot question committees submitted over 96,000 signatures. Their amendment, if passed by voters in November, would permit a casino in Pope and Jefferson counties and would also grant the state’s two racetracks full-blown casino licenses. Those tracks already operate virtual casinos under the euphemistically labeled electronic games of skill.
*Conservative Nominated for Supreme Court (pg. 1)
Brett Michael Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump on July 9 to become an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, following the vacancy created by the pending retirement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. Christian leaders, as well as conservative and pro-life groups have come out overwhelmingly in support of Judge Kavanaugh, and have called for swift confirmation.
*Fall Ark. District Meeting Schedule (pg. 1)
The BMA of Arkansas annual meeting is scheduled for Nov. 1-2 at Central Baptist College in Conway. The following is a list of annual Arkansas district meetings scheduled for September and October, in alphabetical order. The list includes the name of the association, the date, time and location of the meeting and the name of the moderator. Any changes to this list should be sent to Diane Spriggs at editor@ baptisttrumpet.com. An updated list will be run in the Aug. 15 issue of the Trumpet.
*SOAR Scholarship Winners Announced (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – We had a great time at SOAR 2018 in Dallas, Texas this year! We were able to connect with hundreds of students and many youth pastors, alumni and friends. SOAR 2018 was a fantastic event again this year and were excited to be a part of the experience! This year Central Baptist College gave away three $10,000 scholarships at SOAR. The winners of the scholarships were Payton Blumhorst from Conway, Chandler Carlock from Maumelle and Katie Terry from Benton. We are very excited about having these young men and women on campus very soon as new members of the Mustang Family. Congratulations to all of our games and scholarship winners, and thank you to everyone who visited our booth during SOAR. We are always excited about visiting with our BMA family about what God is doing through CBC and SOAR 2018 was no
Can We Count on You? (pg. 2)
BMAA President Jeff Swart – The Apostle Paul declared, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). It is from the Greek word translated in this verse as “workmanship,” that we derive the English word “poem.” As a poem is a work of care, love, and beauty — so is every believer (Psa. 139:13-16). Paul’s point is that God has carefully fashioned us to fulfill His eternal plan for our lives — serving Him by serving others. In our world, the word “servant” definitely has a negative connotation. Almost no one wants to be a servant. But in the Scriptures, Jesus elevated servanthood to the status of greatness when He said, “…but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister” (Mark 10:43).
Four Mustangs Selected to Natural State Baseball Team (pg. 2)
Four Central Baptist College baseball players were selected by Natural State Baseball July 2 to their all-state team: Ben Madison, Jose Delma, Brett Luna and Austin Kuchinski.
Spiritually Fit (pg. 2)
Doug Metzger – If one of our children got into their 20s and still acted like a 2-year-old, we would have a big problem on our hands — worse still, if they got into their 30s and 40s and were still acting like immature children. Yet from a spiritual standpoint, how careless and complacent some can be toward their spiritual growth. Because growth toward maturity is to be an actuality in every believer’s life, consider some practical truths to get going and keep going in the growth process toward being spiritual fit.
Mission Shift (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Every church reaches a point where their future is determined by choices they make and the vision they have for the future. In Kingdom First, Jeff Christopherson says: “Sadly, when a church makes the unnatural choice of ecclesiastical birth control in order to preserve its accustomed lifestyle, the natural and exponential advance of the Kingdom of God ceases.” When you look at the New Testament church in the book of Acts, it was multiplying and increasing in number daily. The reality is that all too often a church stops doing the very thing they were called to do — reach the lost.
Student Ministry Workers Retreat (pg. 3)
Dan Carson – On Sept. 8, we will be gathering in Little Rock at South City Church for a day of renewal and training for those working with students. If you are volunteer, part-time or full-time, this day is for you. Over the course of three sessions, Ben Trueblood of LifeWay Students will be sharing principles from his book, Student Ministry That Matters. I have also invited Echo of Love to lead us in worship. Echo of Love is a group of students attending Ouachita Baptist University. We will be providing lunch and a goody bag. The cost is $25 for all college students and members of BMA churches. Those of other denominational groups are welcome, but the price is $45. The event will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and you can register through a link at StudentMinistryMatters.com. I hope you will share this information with those in your circles who work with students.
Blessed Beyond Measure (pg. 4)
Editor – I’ve been at the Trumpet for 38 years, and I’ve never seen anything like it! We have always struggled to just pay the bills from month-to-month, but God (there are those two words!) has chosen to bless us again with another large contribution. The first large offering (see May 23 issue) was wonderful, but sad in that it came from a faithful church (Meadowview, Pine Bluff) that disbanded and shared the profit from the sale of their building to another church with us. A second large contribution was received June 29 — $43,239.24! It was also wonderful, but sad in that it was a bequest in the wills of Buddy & Lillian Owens. We went to church together at Temple Baptist Church (now South City) in Little Rock, and they were good friends and always faithful to support the Baptist Trumpet and other BMA departments. They were such a wonderful couple, and Buddy & Mrs. Lillian will always be missed. I just wish I could hug them both and thank them now instead of having to wait for Heaven.
The Bible and God’s Providence (pg. 4)
Dennis Baker (via Missouri Baptist) – The Apostle John, led by the Holy Spirit, stated that one of the reasons God gave us the Scriptures was to provide assurance of salvation. Subjective faith is the believer’s own story of how God convicted him of sin, and how he came to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. However, subjective faith depends on objective revelation of truth as revealed in God’s Word. In other words, God’s Word must support salvation faith to be genuine. For example, a person depending on works such as baptism or the Lord’s Supper to get to Heaven cannot use God’s Word to support their belief. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:8-9).
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Federal Judge Blocks Law that Protects Women’s Health; Firms Pledge $200,000 for Gold Star Families Monument
Arkansas Galilean Wilderness Adventures (pg. 5)
Kenneth Colvert – It is almost time for our Arkansas Galilean Summer Camp, which will be held at Ponca Bible Camp in the beautiful Upper Buffalo River Wilderness area. Dates for this year’s camp are July 27 -29. Please e-mail or text the number you will have coming to email@example.com or (479) 629-3258 by July 19. Pre-registration is not required, but it will be helpful if you download a registration form from galileans.com and fill it out prior to coming to camp. A medical/photo release form, which can be downloaded from galileans.com will need to be turned in for each camper when you register at camp. Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27. The $60 registration fee per person is due when registering at camp, and checks should be made payable to Arkansas State Galilean.
News Release: BMA Pastor Publishes Book (pg. 5)
Jordan Tew, pastor of Eighth Street Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas, has published a book titled Small-Town Churches: Challenging the Culture and Theology. In his book, he combines sound biblical exposition, personal experience and hard-hitting truths as he builds a case against small-town culture and theology, landing a blow against the established norms. Dr. Charley Holmes, president of BMA Seminary, believes the book is “a well-written, yet reader-friendly book, which will make a great resource for pastors… It will also serve church members well in helping them to see ‘blind spots.’” Topics such as moralism, traditionalism, racism and unbiblical church practices are all examined. Whether you’re a pastor, seminary student or a “regular ole” church member, this practical, yet challenging book will push you to leave small-town Christianity behind and pursue God’s Word. Jordan is a graduate of both Jacksonville College and BMA Seminary, and is no stranger to small-town churches, growing up in rural east Texas. You can order the book at amazon.com. Visit jordantewbooks.com for more information.
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 5)
Jimmy & Julie Walker (Philippines); Stan & Donna Scroggins (Philippines)
Wandering in the Wilderness (pg. 5)
Chelsea Henry – When Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt, he led them into the desert on their way to the promised land. (Exod. 16-20; 32-34; Num. 14) After witnessing the plagues the Lord had unleashed in Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea, they were grumbling. They were hot, thirsty and tired. They had seen water turned to blood, frogs and locusts descend on their masters and hail fall from the sky. (Exodus 9-10) They had spread blood on their doorposts, and had not been harmed by the angel of death. (Exodus 11) They had watched a sea part in the middle, and walked on dry ground to get to the other side. (Exodus 14) All miracles that could last any one of us a lifetime, right? Wrong.
The Unchanging Message to a Social America (pg. 6)
Donny Parrish – According to Pew Research, if you are looking to find out what media is consumed the most by Americans, it’s social media by a landslide; 65% of American adults are social media users. Young Americans continue to be the most likely to use social networks, according to the survey, with 90% of those 18-29 reporting that they use at least one social site. Today, 35% of those 65 and older use social media, more than three times the 11% who reported social use in 2010. There is no doubt that social media sites and their content providers are not only providing services to the American public, they are also shaping perceptions and influencing our culture. Eighty-one percent of all Americans now use the internet. For the first time in the Pew Center’s surveys, more than half (55%) of Americans ages 50 or older report getting news on social media sites. Those under 50 remain more likely than their elders to get news from these sites (78%).
Social Media & Teens: A Way “To See What is Happening” (pg. 6)
Morgan Collier – While social media often is seen as a bad thing, what if Instagram and YouTube could be used to reach the lost, nurture spiritual maturity and expand congregations? A pivotal outreach to today’s youth may start with an LED screen, with 95% of teenagers reportedly having a smartphone or access to one — and 45% saying they are online on a near-constant basis — according to a recent Pew Research Center for Internet & Technology survey. Eliza Huie, biblical counselor, speaker and author of a new book titled Raising Kids in a Screen-Saturated World, says parents and people in ministry should familiarize themselves with social media platforms: “Don’t hate it, engage it.”
Special Emphasis (Please Don’t Forget Us!) (pg. 7)
Paul White – We only have a few weeks left before our State Missions Day on July 29. If you have not already received a special offering for this department, please consider doing so. Together, we are making a difference. On Sunday, June 24, I had a great time at Chenal Valley Baptist Church in Little Rock. They are sponsoring our newest mission project in West Little Rock, and it is exciting to see Mission churches planting new Mission works. It’s refreshing to see such missions-minded church. I was privileged to share State Missions and preach at Eastside Baptist Church in Conway on July 1, and at Ramsey Heights Baptist Church in Batesville on July 8. While I am booked up through Aug. 5, I would love to come to your church and share your State Missions work and introduce you to all eight current missionaries.