Current News April 19 Issue
*Schedule Change (pg. 1)
Due to a scheduling conflict, Dr. Jack Graham, pastor of the Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, will be speaking on Monday night, May 1 instead of Wednesday afternoon, May 3, at the BMA of America Meeting. I hope to see you there. Paul White, BMAA president.
*Charlie Costa and The Global Missions Fund (pg. 8)
Contributions for 2017 World Missions Day are continuing to come in, and every dollar sent will go to the Global Missions Fund, which supports BMA national missionary leaders and church planters around the globe. At the 2017 BMA National Association Meeting, BMA Missions will officially announce a support partnership called ChangeMakers for individuals and churches. Charlie Costa will be stateside during the national meeting and beyond, and a primary goal of his furlough is to spread the word about those national leaders who are an integral part of international missions. He is available to speak to congregations, and all donations raised during his speaking engagements will be given to BMA Missions’ Global Missions Fund. World Missions Day contributions can be sent to Missions, P.O. Box 878, Conway, Ark. 72033.
*Seminary: Free Online Preaching Course (pg. 1)
Since 2000, the BMA Seminary has offered intensive week-long studies each summer that focus upon various areas of religious education. The 2017 summer schedule includes courses for both credit and non-credit students. Non-credit students may be interested in auditing the seminary’s DiscipleWay training, which will be held June 12-15 on its main campus in Jacksonville, Texas.
*Trump Signs Bill Enabling States to Defund PPFA (pg. 1)
Tom Strode • Baptist Press – President Trump signed legislation on April 13 that once again enables states to withhold federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. Trump’s action overturned a rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in December, only five weeks before President Obama left office. Many pro-life advocates perceived the HHS regulation, which effectively barred states from prohibiting Title X funds for abortion clinics, as a parting gift from Obama to the abortion industry.
Children’s Home Seeks Applicants (pg. 1)
Charles Johnson – The trustees of Texas Baptist Home (TBH) are seeking applicants for the position of home president. Resumes of potential candidates may be sent to Kelly Saunders at email@example.com or mailed to TBH, Attn: Kelly Saunders, P.O. Box 309, Waxahachie, Texas 75168. The deadline for submitting resumes for consideration is noon (CDST) on Friday, June 2.
Successful Time Management (pg. 1)
Dr. Allen Tilley (Baptist Progress) – Being a pastor is like pushing marbles uphill by a week — just the time you think you have everything going in the right direction, they come tumbling down. A pastor friend of mine said, “Pastoring is why I like watching sports. At the end of the game, at least everything is settled.” Pastors not only work at least 40 hours a week, but they are also on call seven days a week, including vacations. If you are having trouble managing your time, here are some suggestions that might help.
CBC Employees Recognized at Luncheon (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – The annual Central Baptist College Employee Appreciation and Awards Luncheon was held on Monday, April 10 in the CBC Dining Hall. Employees were treated to a luncheon prepared by Chef Jill McCollum and her staff. The Employee of the Year Award went to Chris Mitchell, Director of Safety and Dean of Students, for being selected at the 2017 CBC Employee of the Year. Along with a plaque and a monetary award, his photo will be displayed in the David T. Watkins Academic Building along with a listing of past winners.
How Can I Overcome Broken Relationships? (pg. 2)
Rebecca Watts – I am broken. Not like I have a broken bone or anything. I thought I broke my toe a few weeks ago, but that’s not what I mean. Sin broke this world. It broke you and it broke me. We are born broken. Brokenness is a side effect of our sin condition. It extends to everything from our actions to our attitudes, from our words to how we say them. Since words, actions and attitudes are how we communicate with one another, brokenness also extends into our relationships with others. It can be relationships with friends, classmates, fellow youth group and church members, family members and in adulthood, work relationships as well.
Kentucky Puts Focus on Bible (pg. 2)
Tom Latek • Kentucky Today – Having declared 2017 the Year of the Bible, Gov. Matt Bevin has now signed two bills into law to make clear to teachers and administrators that Scripture is welcome in Kentucky public schools. Bevin signed legislation into law on Tuesday, April 11 to allow school kids to take Bible literacy classes as electives. The law directs the Kentucky Department of Education to develop policies that allow public schools to offer Bible courses. That was one of dozens of bills signed by Bevin on Tuesday.
Are You a Perfectionist? (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – In J. Oswald Sanders classic book, Spiritual Leadership, he says, “The perfectionist sets goals beyond his reach, then sinks into false guilt when he falls short.” The wisdom of that statement cannot be overstated. Sanders continues, “Our world is imperfect, and we cannot expect the impossible. Setting modest, realistic goals will help a perfectionist move through a problem without discouragement.” Unrealistic expectations can derail your ability to lead! The problem is that quite often a visionary leader is an idealist. They have the ability to see the preferred future and begin to expect nothing less. A train wreck is about to happen when idealism meets realism head-on.
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 3)
John &Brenda Bienlein • Master’s Hands in Swartz Creek, Mich.; and Jesse & Rebecca Hales in Dominican Republic
Hacked… But God! (pg. 4)
Editor – Last Wednesday, the Baptist Trumpet received an unexpected and definitely unwanted early Easter gift — our website was hacked. We had what was described as a “data corruption, data deletion and data replacement” hit. In layman terms, they hit us hard… But God! It was a monumental task, but Luis Ortega, the talented IT contractor God gave the Trumpet (with the assistance of dedicated Assistant Editor Madelaine Priest) now has the site up and running at baptisttrumpet.com. Bro. Luis has also taken even more stringent measures to keep a hack from happening in the future.
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Children’s Fairytale Book Normalizes the Abnormal; Congregation Being “Kicked Out” After Rift Over Marriage Definition; Bible Giveaway Forged Ahead in Mississippi; Gender Committee Makes “Anti-women” Decision
Paul Lee, PBC Director, Dies (pg. 5)
Paul E. Lee, director of the Prisoners Bible Crusade (PBC — Free Bibles to Chaplains for prisoners), 77 of Picayune, Miss., died April 10 after a struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis and Asbestosis. Services will be held at Lee’s Chapel #2 Baptist Church, 27015 Leetown Road, Picayune, Miss. on Saturday, April 22. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m., and the funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Prisoners Bible Crusade, P.O. Box 696, Picayune, Miss. 39466. (information via Mississippi Baptist and Picayune Item)
Mike Phillips, BMA Minister, Dies (pg. 5)
Michael “Mike” Phillips, age 72 of Magnolia, passed away April 10. He surrendered to preach and served as pastor of Shiloh Union Baptist Church in Buckner. Other pastorates included Shiloh Lamartine in Waldo, Mt. Vernon in Waldo and Mars Hill in Stamps. Funeral services were April 13 at First Baptist Church in Magnolia, with Bro. David Watkins officiating. Interment was at Shiloh Lamartine Cemetery under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. of Magnolia. Memorials may be made to the Shiloh Cemetery, 1650 Columbia Road 41, Waldo, Ark. 71770; or to Atkins First Baptist Church Children’s Building Fund, 201 North Church St., Atkins, Ark. 72823.
Compass to Explore Ephesians This Summer (pg. 5)
Every human being wants to know, “Who am I?” and “How should I live?” This summer, Compass Adult Bible Studies will seek to answer both questions through lessons entitled “Living out Salvation: Exploring the Book of Ephesians.” This study will examine the blessings and responsibilities that await believers in Christ Jesus. Each lesson has been prayerfully composed by Tim Brewer. To order or learn more about Compass Adult Bible Studies, visit discipleguide.org or call (800) 333-1442.
A Unique Revival (pg. 5)
Jake McCandless (It Worked for Us) – It was a “Jordan River” moment for me. In Joshua 3, the Israelite priests are instructed to step into the river and then the water would stop flowing. It would have easier if the water stopped before they stepped, but God rarely works that way. And as God promised it happened — He showed up. Now I wasn’t literally standing on the bank of the Jordan, but God showed up in a revival at LifeSong Baptist Church in Greenbrier recently. Him doing so was a confirmation to a call I had received, and our planning of a unique revival.
Resolutions to be Considered (pg. 6)
Six Moral Action resolutions will be voted on by the messengers at the BMA of America meeting in May:
Cocky, Conceited or Confident: Which One Are You ? (pg. 6)
The Late Travis Plumlee – People always want me to tell them how to deal with cocky or conceited people. But you really can’t do anything with them. One thing we have to learn about human behavior is that we can’t change someone else. I can change how I respond to them. I can control myself, but I can’t control them. I can role-model the desired behavior I would like to see in them, but I can’t wave a magic wand and change them. People waste too much energy in relationships trying to change others. Maybe we should concentrate on changing ourselves. You should learn things about yourself so they don’t get to you.
Fields Are White Unto Harvest (pg. 7)
Paul White – Once, at a conference for our state missionaries, Phil Knott taught about the life cycle of a local church, and I have never forgotten those lessons. Just like a couple who marries and plan on having children, a church must consider birthing a new church or churches when she is able. In doing so, she helps spread the Gospel to others and will insure her heritage and work will continue in the event she should cease to exist. It is sad that many churches simply get so involved in taking care of themselves that they never get around to helping plant a new work.
Pastor, Serve it up Fresh (pg. 7)
Paul Gauntt (Baptist Progress) — When I resigned my last pastorate in 2006, we packed up all the belongings we needed and cherished, and sent the rest to the landfill. One of the items that went to the landfill was my metal file box, filled with hundreds of sermons I had preached over the previous four decades. In following years, whenever I mentioned this from the pulpit, the responses were gasps, winces and grimaces. How dare a man, who calls himself a man of God, discard sacred sermons which God had laid on his heart through the years? Why, that borders on blasphemy! They could have been bound in a book and placed in seminaries for other young preachers to st