Current News- 3-27-19

Current News March 27

*BMA of America Recommendations (pg. 1)

The following recommendations, supplied by BMAA Recording Clerk Jerome Cooper, will be voted on by the messengers at the May 6-8 BMA of America meeting in Rogers. They are listed in the order they appear in the 2019 Report and Recommendations booklet that will be mailed to the churches by April 5:

*SS/Bible Study Literature: Feed My Sheep (pg. 1)

Dr. Charley Holmes – (John 21:15-17) -One of my earliest memories of church life is sitting with other children in little chairs circled around our Sunday School teacher (my grandmother). Another memory is going down the hall from Sunday School to church every Sunday and seeing my mother teaching a class of children. A later memory is being in an upstairs classroom of junior high kids and listening to a faithful man (Carl) doing his best to get several 13-14 year-old boys to focus on a passage of Scripture.

*Seminary Dinner Planned (pg. 1)

Dr. Charley Holmes – Please join us for the BMA Seminary Dinner which will be held in conjunction with the BMAA Annual meeting in Rogers. The dinner will be held on Tuesday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center. Tickets are $40 each. Lifetime Alumni Association members will receive a $5 discount. Tickets may be ordered by check by mailing your request to BMA Seminary, P.O. Box 670, Jacksonville, Texas 75766. If you wish to order using a credit card, please email or call (800) 259-5673. Please include the number of tickets you will need, as well as the name(s) of the attendee(s). We look forward to seeing you there for this time of fellowship!

*VBS Column to Begin (pg. 1)

We will begin running the Vacation Bible School listings in the April 24 issue of the Baptist Trumpet, and will continue until the last VBS takes place. To include your church’s VBS (as soon as your dates are set), just send the following information to or P.O. Box 192208, Little Rock, Ark. 72219.

*CBC Alumni Story – Micah Powell (pg. 2)

When I was 16, there was a summer camp in Siloam Springs, Ark. that I went to with our student and children’s ministries. I heard a sermon about the lost that stirred my heart, and through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, I accepted the call to pastoral ministry. God was working. I saw a great example of how to pastor a church through my father’s ministry, but I (personally) lacked the equipping needed to have a biblical and purposeful ministry. A few short years later, I started the journey of picking a college to attend. I remember receiving a letter in the mail from CBC with the word “scholarships” in it. God was working. It was the only Bible teaching college near me with accreditation that I felt had sound doctrine and could equip me to preach and minister to people.

Connecting with Students Outside of the Church (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – Recently, I found myself listening to the Rethinking Student Ministry Podcast as they discussed the idea of having Small Group Leaders show up randomly in students’ lives. I love the concept, but as I listened I couldn’t help but think, “Many of our youth groups are small groups. The leader might be the only leader. He or she might be serving as volunteer youth director, as well as Sunday School teacher and parent to their own kids.” So, how does that conversation apply to us? If we don’t have small groups, does that mean that it is only the responsibility of the student pastor or volunteer youth leader to show up in the lives of our students? I would answer with a resounding and emphatic, “No!”

Worship: It’s a Person Not a Place (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – In John 4, Jesus intentionally travels through Samaria. He sits down at a well with a woman who purposely arrived at a time that, hopefully, no one else would be there. She was living with shame in her life, and did not want anyone pointing out her sin. As Jesus talks, she shifts the focus from her sin and brings up a theological controversy on where it was best to worship. She was so thankful that they were no longer discussing her sin. Now they were talking about “important” stuff. She knew that religious leaders loved religious controversy.

Spotlight on Missions (pg. 4)

Doug & Diane Lee, Philippines

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Arkansas DMV Screens Custom License Plates; LifeWay to Close its 170 Stores, Move to Digital Retail; Ark. House Passes Bible Classes Bill; Kentucky Governor Signs Abortion Ban; Trump Orders Campus “Free Speech”; Almost Two Million People March for Life in Argentina

Harper, BMA Minister, Dies (pg. 5)

Harold L. Harper, 91 of Fordyce, died March 24 at his home. He was a World War II Navy veteran, and pastored for over 59 years, with the last 47 years at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in Fordyce until forced to retire due to health issues. Survivors include five daughters: Judy (Fred) Fell, Sandy (Tony) Harcrow, Tammy Harper, Becky (Del) Mosley and Brittney (Dennis) Blackerby; 13 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and 4 great great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be March 30 at 10 a.m. at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce, with David Dillard officiating. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce, Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave., Little Rock, Ark. 72207.

James Terry, Former BMA Pastor, Dies (pg. 5)

James Edward Terry, 60 of Benton, died suddenly March 23. He had been a Baptist minister for over 35 years, and his pastorates include Harrison Chapel at Beebe, Cleveland at Cleveland, Craft in Jacksonville, Texas and South Main at Malvern. He was a graduate of Central Baptist College with a BA in Bible, and received a Master of Divinity degree from BMA Seminary. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Melody (Townsley) Terry, daughter of BMA Minister Dardanelle (Wanema) Townsley; two sons, Paul (Erin) Terry and John (Lindsay) Terry; one daughter, Audrey (Parker) Weatherly; five siblings and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held March 29, 1 p.m. at South City Church in Little Rock.

40 Years & Counting (pg. 5)

Russell Baptist Church at Russell honored their pastor, Randy Zinn, March 10, with a surprise celebration of his 40th anniversary of preaching the Gospel. Included in the activities of the day were a presentation of a plaque commemorating this milestone, the bulletin dedication, his favorite congregational music, “dinner on the grounds” and a Gospel concert in the afternoon by Velvet Ridge Singers. Pastor Zinn said he “is pressing forward to 50, 60 maybe ever 70 years if the Lord doesn’t return first.”

Ark. WMA Needs Donations For National “Goody Bags” (pg. 5)

Kelly Williams – The Arkansas State WMA will be hosting the ladies of the BMAA Women’s Missionary Auxiliary in Rogers May 6-7. The officers are planning to gift each participant with a goodie bag, and we would really like your help. I’m asking that district presidents contact me at or (214) 534-9875. We have had several districts already offer donations for the bags, such as purse-sized Kleenex, hand sanitizer, chap sticks and flower seed packets. We also have the bags and pens from other organizations within Arkansas. Please give me a call and let me know what your district would like to donate so we can be the best hostesses we can for our friends in the WMA.

Catch the Vision: Reaching out in Service (pg. 5)

Charlotte Johnson -May 6-7 is fast approaching. You are invited to the 2019 National WMA meeting to be held at John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, Arkansas. The National WMA Business meeting will be at this convention center on Monday afternoon, May 6, 3-5 p.m. WMA officers meeting will be prior to this meeting at 1:30 p.m. at the Convention center. Tuesday morning, May 7, the National Ladies Conference, sponsored by the National WMA, will be held at Temple Baptist Church, 1812 S Dixieland Rd., Rogers, AR 72758 beginning 8:30 a.m. Speakers for this conference are Judy Wallace, Belinda Caudle, Robin Tyler, Valarie Fish and T’Shana Everett.  A taco buffet meal will be provided by a caterer the WMA has hired, so you must respond to President Jodi Rhea ( or call (501) 472-9490 and leave a message if you plan on eating. You may pay the $15 at the door. We hope to see you all in Arkansas!

Religious Freedom (II Cor. 3:17) (pg. 6)

Dr. John Adams – The Word of God abounds with words promoting freedom. We should feel comfortable talking about religion in our country. Our Founding Fathers prohibited a Federal establishment of religion, but there is not a single thread of evidence that they intended to set up a wall of separation between the state and religious belief. The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution was not written to protect the citizens from religion, but was penned to protect religion from governmental tyranny. A strong word from God is given to our liberal-minded lawyers and judges of our day (Luke 11:52) when they try to take away the key of divine knowledge from our lands.

The Scars We Carry (pg. 6)

Keith Shorter • Baptist Press -I have a lot of scars on my body. Most of them are from my childhood and teenage years. I can go back in my mind and relive the event that led to the injury.I got the scar on my right foot, for example, riding on the handlebars of my brother’s bicycle as a child. I will spare you the gory details, but there is a story connected to every scar that I have.You probably have some scars, too. Not just the physical kind, but scars from painful experiences you have endured. Perhaps you have emotional scars from your childhood or from a previous marriage. Maybe your scars are from the trauma of sexual abuse. Or your scars may be the result of drug or alcohol abuse.

SOAR 2019 (pg. 7)

Get ready, because SOAR 2019 is almost here! Registration for this year’s youth conference is now open! Just visit, where you can also book your rooms at this year’s venue: the Gaylord Texan. The theme for this year is “One Lost Sheep.” With a deep focus on missions, students will learn about the unconditional love of God and his relentless pursuit of the lost. “The thought of a shepherd leaving 99 sheep just to save one is pretty outrageous,” says Conference Director Donny Parrish. “Surely that one lost sheep can’t be that precious to the Shepherd, right? SOAR ’19 will explore the wonder of a God that is so focused on reaching people who are lost — people like you and me — that He goes to incredible lengths to find us. And, once He finds us, He gives our lives meaning and purpose by allowing us to get in on His great mission.”

Just a Few Reasons Why I Hate the Devil (pg. 7)                     

Paul White (Lesson 4) – Another reason I hate the Devil is that he is always testing, hindering resisting and buffeting God’s people:  Luke 22:31, I Thess. 2:18) and Zech. 3:1.He continually seeks to hinder and oppose the work of God. He is always laying snares and tempting men leading them into evil:

Sick Relationships (pg. 8)

The Late Travis Plumlee – America has so many messed up families now that it is increasingly difficult for people to know what a healthy relationship looks like versus a sick, dysfunctional relationship. Below, I list five major characteristics of a sick relationship, and there are plenty more where these came from! How many of these five does your relationship have?  Controlling — In a messed up relationship, one or both of the partners is a controller. If they are both control freaks, there will be unending conflict. If there is just one controller, that person is happy and the other partner is chained and thrown in a dungeon.

Knowing God (pg. 8)

Mike McEuen -Num. 33:2 – To Moses and the children of Israel life, as it was recorded in the book of Numbers, was a journey. And from God’s point of view, there were only three locations in this journey: Egypt, the place of bondage that seems like security; Canaan, the place of inheritance where God wanted to give His very best; and the wilderness, the place of unbelief, discipline and falling short of all the good things God had planned for His chosen people.

Assistant Editor

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