Current News Oct. 10
*BMA Breakout Sessions 1 & 2 (pg. 1)
Breakout Session 1 – Biblical Conflict Resolution (Duffy Guyton & Mike Lefler); Breakout Session 2 – Biblical Church Planting Strategies for Spanish-Speaking Leaders (Michael Hight)
* Pastor Appreciation: Bless Him, Bless Yourself (pg. 1)
Jim Futral, Baptist Press – For years, the month of October has been designated as Pastor Appreciation Month. This is a wonderful opportunity not only for the church to bless him but also to bless yourself through strengthening the relationship through expressing your care for his ministry. Some churches go to great lengths to show appreciation for their shepherd during this month, while some choose other opportunities to say, “Thank you!” It may be his birthday, his anniversary as pastor, maybe Christmas or some other event. Some try to do something for all of these, while the reality is that nothing is required.
* Christ’s Strong Pursuit (pg. 1)
Mati Corbett – “…Looking back, I see there was no actual desire to pursue the things of God… Nonetheless, when my church and family fell apart, I began to live in my car at age 15. I turned to the world to provide for my happiness and security. I would return to church when I would get arrested or if I had fear due to some uncontrolled and unexpected circumstance. But as soon as the danger was over, I lost interest…” This is the early-life narrative of Michael Strong, who is now church planter of Near North Community Church in North Minneapolis. His early-age knowledge of Christ grew stale as the difficulties and brokenness of life growing up in Little Rock took their toll. He was hopeless, depressed and lost in sin and brokenness, searching for something real in which to find hope. At the same time, Laura Beth, Michael’s future wife, was battling against her own trials as she forsook the faith of her childhood for a time to explore what the world had to offer.
*CBC to Host Appreciation Breakfast During Meeting (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – Central Baptist College will host an appreciation breakfast for anyone attending the BMA of Arkansas Annual Session on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 a.m. in the Mabee Student Services Complex Community Room. The breakfast will be a time to honor all BMA of Arkansas pastors, ministerial staff, leaders and church members. “We are very grateful for your love for the Lord, love for His church, love for the lost, dedication to His Word and leadership, and we personally invite you to our appreciation breakfast,” said Duffy Guyton, CBC Director of Church Relations. “During the breakfast, we plan to recognize our CBC ministerial alumni and their spouses. We will also enjoy a time of fellowship and worship in music together. Finally, there will be a forum that will consist of BMA of Arkansas pastors, leaders and CBC staff and students. They will discuss how we as a higher education institution can continue to provide great Christian higher education to transform this generation.” Please RSVP by contacting Peggy Pillow at (501)-205-8824 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)
BMA Seminary Annual Report to the Associations (pg. 2)
Dr. Charley Holmes – This past year has been extraordinarily fruitful for BMA Seminary. We have been faithfully teaching Baptist history and doctrine, as well as training young men across the United States and around the world in the ministerial skills preaching, personal evangelism and disciple-making. Our students came from 14 different states and 14 foreign countries. We have also been recently named the most affordable online Christian College for 2018. We are the only accredited Seminary who also teaches associational polity. As usual, your faculty members have been busy serving affiliated Baptist groups outside the United States. In the last 12 months, I have made two trips to Africa and the Middle East. In two different groups, one in Tanzania and one in an undisclosed North African country, about 35 church leaders were exposed to Associational Baptist doctrine.
You’re Never Too Old (pg. 3)
Dan Carson – At 46, I’m considered an old man in student ministry. It is often considered a young man’s game. I will tell you that the idea of doing a lock-in doesn’t really fill me with joy. It’s not because of the crazy games or the inevitable drama between sleepy students. It is because of the way it wrecks me for days afterward. I just don’t bounce back from those things the way I used to. However, just because I can’t handle the physical toll of a lock-in doesn’t mean that I am done with student ministry. I think of it this way — when I train in taekwondo, I can’t hope to be as physically fast as those who are 20-30 years younger than me. I have to be smarter. If I’m not present and aware, I will take a dozen shots to the head before I can blink.
Are You a Great Commission Church? (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Asking whether or not your church is a Great Commission church stirs up many emotions. The fact that the question is even being asked may anger some; and then the response might be, “Well, of course we are!” The reality is that we must examine the facts and not be overly driven by our emotions. Churches tend to have aspirational values because they know that value is in Scripture, but then they do not follow through on implanting that value. Take a deeper look at your church and your ministry, and ask if you are actually carrying out the Great Commission daily!
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 4)
Stan & Donna Scroggins, Philippines; Larry & Tammy Wood, Ukraine
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Pro-Life Kavanaugh Sworn in as Justice; Ark. Sen. Rapert Getting AG Aid in Social Media Lawsuit; Hyatt “Blood Money” to Pay For Free “Gosnell” Tickets
Helen Ray to Celebrate 100th Birthday (pg. 5)
Hazel Waddell – Helen Jackson Ray of Tyler, Texas will celebrate her 100th birthday on Oct. 17 2018. She is the fourth child of the late C.M. and Ruth Owen Jackson, who raised their 10 children in Stamps, Ark. She has two living siblings, Robert Jackson of El Dorado and Hazel Marie Waddell of Sherwood. Helen was married to the late Donald Ray of Waldo, Ark. in 1938, and they have two daughters — Linda (Dr. Elton) McCann of Jacksonville, Texas; and Elva (Dr. David) Leech of Lewisburg, WV. She has six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.
Murderous Nation Needs Grace & Mercy From Church (pg. 6)
Diana Chandler • Baptist Press – Murderous rampages have become so common that crime trackers disagree over proper terminology to describe the carnage. “Active shooter” incidents that the Federal Bureau of Investigations tracked at 30 in 2017 marked a 50% increase over the previous year. But that category is not as expansive as “mass shootings” that the crowd-sourced database Mass Shooting Tracker tallied at 427 in the same period. Among the church’s challenges in the midst of the increasing violence is to continue to show God’s love, grace and mercy in the midst of Satan’s prolific work, pastors affected by such violence told Baptist Press (BP).
Suicide and Euthanasia: Words Matter (pg. 6)
Jerry Cox, Family Council President – A Gallup poll released earlier this year shows most Americans support euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. However, support rises or falls depending on how the question is worded. For example, 72% of those polled support letting a doctor “end the patient’s life by some painless means if the patient and his or her family request it.” However, only 65% say a doctor should be able to “assist the patient to commit suicide if the patient requests it.” In other words, the answer hinges at least in part on whether or not the question includes the word “suicide.”
Excuses (pg. 7)
Paul White – Excuse #2 — I am not a sinner. Answer — But God says: “… There is none righteous, no not one” (Rom. 3:10). “But the Scripture hath concluded all under sin…” (Gal. 3:22). If you are not a sinner, are you keeping God’s commands? What about Matt. 22:37? “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and all they soul, and with all thy mind.”