Current News March 13
*Expecting the Unexpected in Haiti (pg. 1)
Michel Poirier -My last trip to Haiti was an adventurous one for sure. When I started going to Haiti in 2010, I knew the country was unstable because of the earthquake. On one of my trips I came across a book, Expect the Unexpected, written by a long time missionary, and that has proven to be true in my dealings with the Haitian people.The most recent trip started out as “routine,” with teaching and preparing the men through sound doctrine and encouragement. A few days into my trip, four men from Cornerstone Baptist Church in Swartz Creek, Mich. came to visit the work and get a feel for the mission needs here in Haiti.
*Health Committee Soundly Rejects Assisted Suicide (pg. 1)
Jerry Cox – March 12, noon – About an hour ago the House Public Health Committee soundly rejected a proposal that would have legalized physician-assisted suicide in Arkansas. This is really good news! H.B. 1536 legalizing physician-assisted suicide has been widely discussed in Arkansas for weeks, and a lot of testimony was offered in the committee meeting when the bill came up this morning. In the end, not a single state representative who was present for the meeting today supported the bill.
*Spring Break is Around the Corner (pg. 1)
Warren Dugas -It’s about that time of year again — spring break is around the corner. When the students return, they will be focused on finishing the semester, graduating or moving into the next phase of their lives. The Association of Baptist Students (ABS) at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, wants to reach out to incoming students for the fall of 2019. In particular, we would like to connect with as many BMA students as possible. We would like to ask our BMA pastors, youth ministry workers, parents or family members to inform us if you know of anyone who will be attending the U of A this fall.
*Christian University Theatre Festival Awards (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – Central Baptist College’s Fine Arts Department was recently honored at the Christian University Theatre Festival held at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. Twenty-four students from the department participated in the performance of “Ugs; The Musical.” “Ugs: The Musical” was written and directed by Dr. Jana Jones, music was composed and the orchestra conducted by Jim Turner, and the music was directed and the musical produced by Suzanne Banister. Jones, Turner and Banister all serve as faculty in the CBC Fine Arts Department. (Also see CBC Sports, page 2).
*SOAR 2019 (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – “Don’t be stupid!” I heard those words for the first time at SOAR. Donny Parrish was addressing the crowd and giving them some sound advice for the next few days. Now, had Donny offered those words of wisdom at other events? Sure, but listening to him speak to hundreds of students, the words became a part of my own vocabulary with students. I now share those same words of wisdom at church camp, on mission trips and on fun nights at our church. Over my 25+ years of ministry, I have had the privilege of attending a number of SOAR conferences. My first one was back in 1993 when I was on staff at Antioch Baptist Church at Conway. The event was in Nashville, Tenn. and I remember the excitement and energy that surrounded the event. God was working in big ways and He continues to do that decades later.
Don’t Steal God’s Glory (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Jeff Christopherson in Kingdom Matrix says, “Churches can be reduced to man-centered organizations, but the Kingdom of God cannot. Should a church find itself functioning in the miserable state of pragmatic human-centered strategic planning, it is in exceedingly dangerous territory.” The extreme example of this is putting into practice whatever works, believing that the end justifies the means. Churches focus on spicing up their messages, speeding up their music and sprucing up their facilities; and many times, nothing actually gets any better.
Bearing Fruit For God’s Glory (pg. 3)
Mike McEuen – (Gal. 5:22-23, 25) Fruit must grow out of life; and, in the case of believers, it is the life of the Holy Spirit within us.When we think of “works,” we think of effort, labor, strain and toil. When we think of “fruit” we think of beauty, quietness and the unfolding of life. The flesh produces “dead works.” But the Holy Spirit produces living fruit, and this fruit has seed in it for still more fruit.
Prayer Moves The Arm That Moves The World (pg. 3)
J.D. Greear -The books of Luke and Acts, which were originally one volume, are like a hand and a glove. In Luke, we see the shape of the divine hand in the person of Jesus. Then in Acts, we see the invisible hand, the Holy Spirit, filling the church. Seeing the church pray is a perfect example. What Jesus teaches about persistent prayer in Luke is seen in action when Peter gets imprisoned in Acts. Here are three aspects of the early church’s prayer that will embolden our own:
Ouch… Ouch!… Ouch? (pg. 4)
Editor – My mentor, Betty Beaird always told me, “If money can fix it, you don’t really have a problem.” And in light of the loss of Ken, that is true; but it can still be painful. Our first “Ouch” was painful, but not unbearable — $528.50 for repairs to Gracie, the Trumpet van — emission problems, nail in tire and headlight lamp. The second “Ouch” really, really hurt — $10,210.48 to repair the sewer line at the BMA of Arkansas Building. We will split the bill with State Missions, so each of us will pay $5,105.24. Did we feel like the price was way too high? Yes, we did! Will we be using a different plumber instead of U.S. Rooter-All Type Plumbing Co. next time? Yes, we will! And as Forrest Gump always said, “That’s all I have to say about that.” The third “Ouch” is still to be determined — Gracie is showing out again. This time, she’s blowing hot air on the driver’s side, no matter what the temperature setting is. So that makes two things she and I have in common:
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
FCC Ordered to Review “Inaccurate” Rating System; ASU to Drop Free Speech Zone Policy; Award to G.S. Teen For Promoting Abortion; UK Opens First Prison Transgender-only Unit; Dean Resigns After College Blocks Chick-fil-A; 50,000 Girl Babies Killed Every Month
Paradise Lost (pg. 5)
Valarie Fish – Alexander could still taste the smoke. Nothing was turning out according to the plan. His father had laid out the master plan years ago as he watched the social and political winds of Jerusalem. The number of followers for the prophet they called Jesus of Nazareth had continued to grow despite his crucifixion at the hands of Rome. Years had passed and instead of dying, the movement seemed to grow. Every day more people came to pledge their allegiance to the Way. At first, the believers were country folk, poor farmers and fishermen, those who claimed to be healed of disease and lifelong illnesses. Then, after some time, more of the affluent citizens started to flock to Solomon’s porch to listen to the witnesses testify about their Rabbi and master.
Thoughts from Psalms 73 & 89 (pg. 5)
Dr. Tony Cleaver – Psalms 73:2 -Have your feet almost slipped? Have you come to the place where your confidence in God is not what is was just a few days ago? It is easy to look at the prosperous as role models. It is commonplace to have the lifestyles of the unregenerate thrown up as successful. All the while, the righteous life is a difficult one. Your neighbors, fellow office workers, even family members live lives of dissipation. They seem to be at ease and prosperous. No sickness or tragedy befalls them. They are not troubled. All the while the righteous life is one struggle after another. It is setback after setback.
C’s The Day (pg. 6)
Judy Wallace – “Carpe diem.” Seize the day. This is a familiar phrase taken from Latin. What is not familiar is the more complete phrase: carpe diem quam minimum credula postero. Translation? Seize the day; put no trust in the future. Taken one way, this is a rather noble charge. “Make the most of each day. You’re not guaranteed tomorrow so don’t worry about it. Do your best today, every day.” (Matt. 6:34)On the other hand, the opposite view seems to justify living it up, doing all those things that sound so tempting that you’ve never experienced. “Hey, you might not be here tomorrow and you only go ‘round once in life so sow those oats now before you die and don’t get the chance.” (Luke 12:19)
The Heart Connection (pg. 6)
Pat Quesenbury -I knew Daddy loved me. Never doubted; never questioned it. But when I was 16 years old, I witnessed it in full blown, living color.What had begun as a fun Friday evening with friends, ended in disaster (at least that’s how I viewed it). Permission to use the family car had come with one stipulation — I could not drive on Broadway (one of the busiest streets in town.) I promised and all was good… until after the football game when my friends insisted it wouldn’t hurt to take one quick detour.
Chick-fil-A & the Church (pg. 6)
Keith Shorter • Baptist Press -Nearly every time I go to Chick-fil-A, it makes me want to be a better pastor. As I enjoy my chicken sandwich, I’m always impressed by something. The way they conduct their business and serve their customers fascinates me. The culture they have created is unlike anything I have ever experienced in any other fast food restaurant. Maybe that’s why their parking lot is typically full and the drive-thru is stacked two wide. I never see that at other restaurants. Sure, other restaurants may be busy occasionally, but it’s a daily occurrence at our local Chick-fil-A. The amazing thing is that I see the same thing at nearly every Chick-fil-A. I wish that my church were a bit more like Chick-fil-A.
Help (pg. 7)
Paul White – This past month, we had a major expense due to deteriorated sewer lines. While our office and the Trumpet share expenses of keeping the BMA of Arkansas Building up, the State Missions share is in excess of 5,000. Any funds given for this purpose will help, as it will be necessary to pay these repairs out of our general fund which is used to support our missionaries. Thanks! Paul
Valuable Lesson, Just Too Late! (pg. 8)
Mailbox, Anonymous – Back in the 1980s, a farsighted BMA pastor had his congregation place physical plant ownership instructions in their minutes. Should the local assembly dissolve, the local association would assume title, after all just debts were reconciled. The church was debt free. As recent as 2005, the church family entered in their minutes “if for any reason (that fellowship) ceases to be a church, the property will belong to the (local) association.” In both instances, the words “Missionary Baptist” were not included in the narrative. Neither business transaction was filed for record with a local attorney or in their county’s courthouse.