Current News- 12-12-18

Current News Dec. 12


  • Part 1 — From the States Christmas Articles (pgs. 6 & 8)


*It’s Time to Make Your Reservations (pg. 1)

BMAA Committee on Arrangements – The 2019 session of the Baptist Missionary Association of America will meet May 6-8 at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Rogers, Ark. The facilities and hotels are looking forward to our meeting there. Rogers’ accommodations offer plenty of space for all of our meetings and lodging. We hope you will make your reservations early. Most of the hotels can make your reservations either by phone or online, but you must identify that you are with the Baptist Missionary Association of America.


*Lifeword Profile: Clif Johnson (pg. 1)

Holly Meriweather – “When Donny approached me about doing Day by Day, I was intrigued certainly with being able to speak to BMA people, but what interested me, even more, was what he said about Lifeword’s strong presence worldwide versus a lesser one in the States,” said Clif Johnson. “It’s an opportunity to minister to people across America that I would never see, crafting something that would appeal to believers and non-believers.” If you’ve followed Lifeword’s daily devotional on Facebook, you’ve no doubt noticed that Clif Johnson, pastor of Garrett Memorial in Hope has been the occasional broadcaster on Day by Day. The popular Facebook show receives an average of more than 10,000 views per day. Beginning in January, Clif will be recording all Day by Day broadcasts, and the set will have a completely new look.


*CBC Men’s Basketball Ranked 18th (pg. 1)

Erik Holth – The historic start to the 2018-19 season continued Dec. 4 for Central Baptist College men’s basketball as the team achieved their highest ranking ever in the NAIA National Poll. The Mustangs were ranked #18 in the poll that was released earlier today, eclipsing their previous high of 22, which was achieved last season.


*Beware of Holiday Scam Artists (pg. 1)

The holidays bring out the best in Arkansans, but there are some who try to take advantage of our kind hearts by posing as a charitable organization helping Arkansans during the holiday season. Scam artists can use similar-sounding names to legitimate charities and may often be pushy, but provide little information. “Arkansans are known for generosity during the holiday season,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “While Giving Tuesday is a big day for donations, we know Americans often give more than on just one allotted day. Leading up to the season of giving, it is important for each of us to thoroughly research where we send our money to ensure that it is helping the most people possible.” Attorney General Rutledge released the following tips to help consumers give to only legitimate charities…


A Case for Being a Bible Major at CBC (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – At Encounter ‘89, I surrendered my life to what I interpreted as a call to music ministry. It was really just a first step toward God’s call on my entire life, but it was what I needed to get me to Central Baptist College of Conway. You see, I had my own plans. I was going to be the next great photographer at National Geographic. Central wasn’t really on my radar at all. However, that nudge toward CBC made all the difference in my life. While there, I grew in understanding of God’s Word and sought to listen as God spoke through the Holy Spirit. Starting my second semester, I began to realize that God didn’t just want what I thought I could give; He wanted all of me. So, on the floor of Rob Hager’s dorm room on March 5, 1991, at 1 a.m., I knelt and gave my life completely to God’s calling.


Priority Scholarship Deadline is Fast Approaching (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – Monday, Dec. 17 is the priority scholarship deadline for Fall 2019. Complete the application process to ensure you receive your scholarship award package before the Christmas break! Visit to get started or contact the Central Baptist College Admissions Office at or (501) 329-6873. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)


Quit Digging (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – It has been said, “If you are in a hole, rule number one is to stop digging.” That certainly sums up many other statements that could be made about a church that is no longer healthy. Yet, all too often, that church continues to do the very things that made her unhealthy. In The Unstuck Church, Tony Morgan says, “What got the church on life support will not make it healthy again.” There is such a need to consider a prayerful evaluation of where your church is (healthy versus unhealthy), why it is unhealthy and what needs to be done to make it healthy again.


Spotlight on Missions (pg. 3)

Jimmy & Julie Walker – Merry Christmas from the BMA Bible College of the Philippines. Check out what’s going on…


Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Pakistan Expels Aid Groups, For “Spreading ‘Disinformation;” Buddhist Meditation Practices In Public Schools Challenged; Fire Burns Older Part Of Bossier City Church


The Christmas Necktie (pg. 4)

Melissia Zinn – A small band of Missionary Baptists gathered in Fifty-Six, Ark. in August 1935, and organized the Fifty-Six Baptist Church. That is where, years later, an 11-year-old boy, Randy J. Zinn (named for his two godly grandfathers), would walk the aisle of the church during a revival meeting and accept Jesus as his Savior. In September 1935, one month after that organization, another group of Missionary Baptists, led by W.S. Gordon, a preacher who grew up in Beebe, convened in the small town of Kewanee, Mo. to organize the Kewanee Baptist Church. That is where, years later, an 8-year-old girl, Melissia Frances McVay (named for her two godly grandmothers), would be led to Christ by her pastor during a revival service at the church. Little did these two small congregations suspect at that time that, 49 years later, Randy & Melissia’s paths would cross in a God-ordained way, and they would be married on March 23, 1984.


Thoughts from Matthew (pg. 4)

Tony Cleaver –  Matthew 1:17: “So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations; and from David until the exile to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the exile to Babylon until the Christ, fourteen generations.” What in the world does this passage tell us? It seems strange to the 21st-century mind, but it is not strange at all. It is diligently scrupulous in its details of the lineage of Jesus from Abraham through David’s ancestry.


Baptism: A Family Event (pg. 5)

Jenae Polok • Baptist Herald – I entered the sanctuary Sunday morning knowing it was going to be a little different, different in an exciting and joyful kind of way. There was a buzz for the whole congregation. One family managed to pack over four pews; several other pews if you include all the third and fourth cousins as well. Some had even made a four-hour drive just to be there. Why all the anticipation this particular Sunday morning?


A Long-Lasting Christmas Gift (pg. 5)

This year, instead of purchasing a Christmas gift or gift certificate that will be a short-term blessing, purchase an engraved brick from BMA Seminary Alumni and Friends Association that will be a long-term blessing. Your engraved brick will be there for all to see each time they walk down “The Heritage Walk” at BMA Seminary. You or the person you honor do not have to be a graduate of BMA Seminary. This “walk” is designed as a place to remember those who are special to us or have made an impact on our lives. An engraved brick can be purchased for a special pastor, professor, friend or family member. A brick could also be created for a church, Sunday School class or business.


AFA Releases “Naughty or Nice” List (pg. 5)

The American Family Association (AFA) has released its annual list of retailers who censor Christmas as well as a list of those who embrace the Christmas celebration. The complete list is available at, and the explanation for each listing can be seen by clicking on the company’s name. The list is continually being updated.


Reflections (pg. 7)

Paul White – As this Christmas is fast approaching, I am made to remember of joyous Christmases past; back when perhaps a single gift was all one would receive. But, oh, how special each one was. I remember Vicki’s and my first tree was a limb we had cut from a pine tree and decorated with popcorn on a sting. Didn’t look like much, but it sure made some great memories. As I ponder upon scenes of the various Christmases, with their live, silver and artificial trees, lights and candy treats, my eyes would always turn to the stocking hanging in plain sight. Those old stockings (the largest socks Mom could find) held perhaps the biggest surprises of all. But it was not until I found Jesus as my personal Savior at the age of 15 that I really began to understand the true meaning of Christmas.

Assistant Editor

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