Current News May 23
*No Trumpet Next Week due to Memorial Day
*Adams Award/Moral Action Scholarship Fund Established (pg. 1)
The launch of the Adams Award/Moral Action Scholarship Fund for BMA Seminary students was announced in a joint letter last week from BMA Seminary President Dr. Charley Holmes and Moral Action Director Dr. John M. Adams (along with the Adams Award Sub-Committee — Dr. Kevin Clayton, Richey Hester and David Inzer). The letter said, in part: “The BMA of America and the BMA of Mississippi Moral Action Boards of Trustees have established an Adams Award/Moral Action Scholarship Fund at the BMA Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas by unanimous vote on April 17 in Jackson, Miss.
*CBC Wins NCCAA Softball Championship for Second Time (pg. 1)
Erik Holth – Having not lost a game yet in either the Regionals or the World Series, Central Baptist College softball played Belhaven University, attempting to win their second NCCAA National Softball Championship (2010). CBC (42-19) completed the tournament undefeated, beating the Blazers 5-2 to win the second national championship in school history! Kymberlie House was the tournament’s most outstanding player and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Allison Seats and Alyssa Estrada. House won her 21st game in the win, placing her fourth in a single season, behind only Casey Hammons, Jessica Bock and Jessica Sheldon in the single-season category. (See other sports information on page 2)
*Free VBS Missions Lessons (pg. 1)
Vacation Bible School has traditionally been a great time to make kids aware of the importance of God’s Great Commission! It’s the perfect time to introduce them to missionaries serving around the world. Here is your opportunity to highlight BMA Missions during your 2018 VBS, and it’s free! BMA Missions and Baptist Medical Missions International (BMMI) have created a mission lesson time that will fit in any VBS. There is a lesson plan for a 20 to 30 minute segment of time you can use to highlight our BMA Missions team in your VBS. There’s a lesson for each day! Each lesson includes:
*Lifeword Cloud Q & A (pg. 1)
Holly Meriweather – For those of us who are technologically challenged, Lifeword’s new initiative, the Cloud, is difficult to understand and even harder to explain. But finally, after sitting in on many meetings, looking at charts and timelines, and watching someone draw a picture, I might be able to explain it by answering some of my own initial questions. How does Lifeword’s Cloud help people find answers? By providing a platform for audio, video and print materials on Lifeword’s website that point people to the truth of the Gospel. Specifically, that content consists of already-produced, quality programs (formats) currently being “metatagged” for anyone who Googles certain key words in their heart language.
Jones Joins Admissions Staff (pg. 2)
The Central Baptist College Admissions office has announced an addition to their staff for the 2018-19 academic year. Preston Jones, a recent graduate of CBC, will join the staff as a Personal Admissions Officer. Jones graduated on May 12 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Worship Arts from CBC. He is from Arkadelphia and serves as the worship pastor at New Life Church in Arkadelphia. Additionally, Jones was recognized during this year’s academic awards ceremony for the Outstanding Recital of 2018 and, during graduation, was honored with the Greatest Contribution Award at CBC. He began his duties for the Admissions office on May 14.
Going Back to School (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – This past weekend, I had the opportunity to make a quick trip to the graduation ceremony for the BMA Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas. One of my best friends, Dave Vandergriff, graduated with his Master of Arts in Church Ministries. Dave and I met back when we were both in college at Central Baptist College in the early 90s. He has been my friend since, and I absolutely love this guy. He has been working with students since his graduation in 1994, and just recently shifted to a role of worship & media pastor at his current church. He is one of the good ones.
System Evaluation (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – In his training book, Next Steps for Leading a Missional Church, Gary Rohrmayer says, “You need systems which are reproducible and interconnected processes, by which your church actualizes and achieves its mission.” Your values drive your practices, and your practices determine your results. You need to ask if your systems are producing what you want them to produce. Honest evaluation is needed. Is your leadership development system producing the leaders you expected? Is your evangelism system producing converts?
Youth Pastor: Are You Looking for a Church?
Anders Lee, Mississippi Baptist (Part 2) – Last week, I shared an article that gave student pastors some points on what to think about while looking for a position with a church. If you didn’t read Part One I hope you will! Let’s pick up where we left off… What should a young man look for in a church? What should be the expectations and things to consider?
Cryin’ and Shoutin’ Ground! (pg. 4)
Editor – I have known for some time that our dear brothers and sisters at Meadowview Baptist Church in Pine Bluff had decided to disband due to declining membership; and of course, my heart grieved for them. They have been wonderful supporters of the Trumpet through the years by doing everything we ask of BMA of Arkansas churches — praying for us, subscribing on the Church Plan, giving special offerings and sending a percentage offering every month. They have loved us and shown their love in many ways, and we love them right back. Since I usually open the mail and make the deposit on Monday, I noticed an envelope from them and thought, “I’m sure it is one final offering… how sweet of them.” I was right, but when I opened the envelope, this “Baptist-to-the-core” girl shouted — big time! Their final gift was a percentage offering totaling… are you ready?… $45,706.90!
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Methodists Reject “God Isn’t” Amendment; Arkansas Pregnancy Center Building Burns; Unashamed of Morality Based Cartoons; Judge Overturns Law Legalizing Assisted Suicide; Trump Defunds Planned Parenthood
2018-19 National WMA Project (pg. 5)
Kelly Williams – The National WMA met in Jackson, Miss. last month, and what a great time we had! A big thank you goes to Charlotte Johnson and Jodi Rhea for having the “Outrageous Courage” to make a change in our meeting plans. During our Monday afternoon business meeting, we heard from Mrs. Diane Lee of the College in the Philippines, thanking the National WMA for the funds we raised during the last year. Our ladies and churches raised approximately $33,000, 80% of which went to the college. The other 20% is designated to the WMA General Fund and the Youth Auxiliary Fund.
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 5)
Danny & Rita Ballard, Philippines
Random Thoughts on The Decalogue/Ten Commandments (pg. 6)
Tony Cleaver – Exod. 20:2, “I am the Lord your God…” The introduction to any great work sets the tone for all that follows. The preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America is such an example. The preamble contained in this Scripture is by far head-and-shoulders above all introductions ever written in world literature. It is the very word of God concerning life laws. I AM are the words spoken to Moses to name the God of Heaven. It is no inconsequential character who is speaking this introduction. When Jesus was asked the garden if He was the one they were looking for, when He responded “I AM”, the guards fell to the ground. As we read the words of this passage of The Commandments, we also need to fall to the ground at the words of I AM.
Sports Betting in Arkansas: Three Things We Can Do (pg. 6)
Jerry Cox, President, Arkansas Family Council – Last Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states can legalize sports betting. That decision sets the stage for states like Arkansas to become awash in a sea of gambling. State law already generally prohibits betting on ball games and other sporting events, but gambling interests likely will start lobbying heavily to have those laws changed. Some of our friends are asking what they can do about this court ruling. Here are three things:
Thankful to Share (pg. 7)
Paul White – I was thankful for the opportunity to share your State Missions work and preach at the Judson Association’s annual Missions Rally held at Kingsland Baptist Church in Kingsland. This is one of the associations that has been instrumental in the development of our current Hispanic outreach ministry. We, as BMA Baptists, are blessed with people with a heart for missions. Special Emphasis begins next month, and I would love the opportunity to share your State Missions with you. Give me a call (501) 859-3329, and we can discuss an available date.
Mailbox (pg. 8)
“A Heart Problem, Not a Gun Problem” (Joan Dugger); Editor’s Response