Current News Jan. 23
*From the States (pgs. 5-10)
*Department Directors’ Goals & Dreams for 2019
Ministers Resource Services (Dr. Crawley), BMAA Missions (Dr. John David Smith) and Baptist Trumpet (Diane).
*BMA Seminary Offers Free Course (pg. 1)
BMA Seminary is pleased to announce that it will offer a free online course in Spring 2019. Dr. Tony Cleaver will teach the eight-week online course entitled “Introduction to the Minor Prophets,” beginning Feb. 4. The non-credit course is intended to provide educational benefit for church members, leaders, teachers, youth workers, deacons or others desiring to improve their abilities to study, understand and practice the Scriptures. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact the seminary dean’s office at (903) 586-2501, (800) 259-5673 or www.bmats.edu.
*MRS 4th Quarter 2018 Market Report (pg. 1)
Dr. Steve Crawley – Looking back to the calendar year 2017, Ministers’ Resouce Services (MRS) experienced incredible returns with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) up a remarkable 20.5%. If you are unfamiliar with the Dow, it is the most well-known U.S. stock index and is used to gauge the market’s performance from day to day. The booming economy resulted in a banner year with significant returns posted to investor accounts. While the market teetered back and forth throughout the first three quarters of 2018, the Dow was still up 7.04% as of Sept. 30 and reached an all-time high of 26,828 on Oct. 3.
*Your Church Can Help Leave a Legacy of Hope (pg. 3)
BMA Missions is hoping that this World Missions Day, Feb. 24, you will consider how you will outlive your life and leave a Legacy of Hope for future generations. One way that you can help leave a godly legacy is by supporting BMA missionaries around the world. Each BMA missionary, supported by our churches and the Missions Department, needs prayer and funding to continue their Gospel work. Investing in ministries today will produce followers of Christ and eternities — changed in the future.
CBC Has Four New Trustees (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – The BMA of Arkansas, in their November 2018 annual meeting, elected four new members to serve five-year terms on the Central Baptist College Board of Trustees beginning in 2019. They are Mark Cassady of Nashville; Danny Kirk of Bentonville; David Pickard of Crowley, Texas; and Jennifer Weaver of Greenbrier. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)
Celebrating Our Graduates (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – It’s 2019! In just a few months, my daughter will join a whole host of students graduating from high school and either joining the workforce or heading off to college. I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of my daughter as she has excelled academically and musically in high school. You may have your own graduate in your home that you are feeling all sorts of pride in. If your church is like most, you will have anywhere from 1 to 100 students passing that milestone this year. One of the biggest questions that I have struggled with over the years is “How do we best celebrate this achievement with our students?”
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 3)
Jesse & Rebecca Hales, Dominican Republic
Some Simple Observations (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Jesus established His church during His earthly ministry. What have we learned from His Word, from the history of the church, from our experience and from our present context? The New Testament is all about churches being planted, growing, multiplying and reaching people with the Gospel. Leslie Newbigin was a British theologian, missiologist, missionary and author who said, “An unchurchly mission is as much a monstrosity as an unmissionary church.” God has called His churches to carry out His mission!
Church Dropout Rate Among Young Adults Studied (pg. 3)
Aaron Earls (Baptist Press) – Church pews may be full of teenagers, but a study released Tuesday, Jan. 15, suggests college students might be a much rarer sight on Sunday mornings. Two-thirds (66%) of American young adults who attended a Protestant church regularly for at least a year as a teenager say they also dropped out for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22, according to a study from LifeWay Research — 34% say they continued to attend twice a month or more. While the 66% may be troubling for many church leaders, the numbers may appear more hopeful when compared to a 2007 study from LifeWay Research. A decade earlier, 70% of 18-22-year-olds left the church for at least one year.
Oops… (pg. 4)
Editor – After running the “newest staff member” article about Marene’s marriage to J.C. in last week’s issue, I realized that I had done something that might put my “favorite Nana Diane” status in jeopardy! Although I ran a Facebook post when our “youngest staff member,” Levi Fletcher Priest, was born on Jan. 21, 2018 to Assistant Editor Madelaine Priest, I failed to run something in the Trumpet. I also realized that I failed to give photo credit in last week’s issue to Levi’s Dad, Michael Priest (Pics by Priest) who was the professional photographer at Marene’s wedding. I figure, if you’re gonna mess up, do a great job of it!
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Arkansas’ March for Life; Trump: “I Will Veto Any Bill that Promotes Abortion;” 332,757 Babies Killed; Ark. Ethics Commission Pushed to Breaking Point; Worst 50 places For Christians; Christian Dishwasher Awarded $21M
Raise The Roof (pg. 4)
The State WMA has chosen as a project to assist in the roof repairs at the Baptist Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas. The seminary is in need of another $58,000 to finish the necessary repairs, and we would love to work together to increase our mutual potential and get this party started! You can sponsor a one-square foot of roof repair for $7 — that is just $70 for 10 sq. ft. of repairs! The Project Committee is challenging all Arkansas churches to “Raise the Roof” with us, and we have set a goal of $15,000. To be a part of this “party,” make your plans and send your offerings to Arkansas WMA (marked “Project Raise the Roof”) to Pat Duncan, P.O. Box 33, Hardy, Ark. 72542.
Experience the Full Christian Life (pg. 11)
Paul White – There are no shortcuts to reaching Christian maturity; no one size fits all. The road to maturity is not an easy one for many because they have failed to realize that it is through obedience that we can become Christ-like. “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God” (Rom. 6:13). I call this the yielded life. Living the abundant life is no secret reserved for a select few. It is revealed in our Lord Jesus Christ, not so much that in that “He died unto sin once” but “in that He liveth; He liveth unto God” (Rom. 6:10). Faith that saves identifies you with Christ and His death, this is eternal life; but faith that yields identifies you with Christ in His resurrection. This is the abundant life; thus He died to give me eternal life and He arose to give me abundant life.
Lindsey, Prison Ministry Director, Dies (pg. 12)
Fulton Eugene Lindsey, 75 of Fulton, Miss., died Jan. 19. He attended Southeastern Baptist College and earned an Associate Degree in Christian Ministry. He had been in the ministry for 58 years, and his last employment was with New Directions Prison Ministries, where he served as executive director for 22 years. He was also owner/operator of F. Lindsey Enterprises, constructing numerous church buildings and roofs for many congregations, both locally and abroad. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church.
WMA Enlistment (pg. 12)
Charlotte Johnson – Do you have a women’s Bible study in your church? If so, we would like to invite you to our national WMA meeting at Rogers in May 2019. At the WMA meeting in 2017, we voted to encourage all women to become a part of the National WMA. The name of your group doesn’t matter, and the only requirement is that your group be a member of a local BMA church. All WMA groups are encouraged to reach out to ladies in your local church. The theme for WMA this year is to Catch the Vision! Will you catch the vision with the National WMA?