Current News May 1
*From the States (pgs. 5-9)
*BMAA Meeting Program (pg. 12)
*You’re All Invited (pg. 1)
Jeff Swart -Next week, the messengers of the churches of the BMA of America will gather together to conduct the Lord’s business at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Rogers. We invite every church to be represented by messenger as we gather to celebrate the victories of this past year and make plans for the new associational year. I personally believe it is important that every church in our association be represented in this meeting.
*Summers Dedicates Building, Honors The Master’s Builders (pg. 1)
Pastor Paul Young has served the congregation of Summers Baptist Church at Summers for many years. There were two building projects during his first tenure (1983-99). The first, in 1985, was the remodeling of the original “white brick building;” and the second was the construction of their current building in 1995. When he returned to the church in 2007, his first sermon was “A New Vision for Ministry,” as he cast a vision for the new activity building that has been a blessing in many ways, especially for the church’s young people. Expansion since then has also included an educational wing and remodeling of the auditorium.
*Jeff Herring to Serve as Assistant Editor (pg. 1)
Madelaine Works Priest has been a great assistant editor since 2015, and has been a valued and much-loved member of the Baptist Trumpet family. However, Maddy has chosen to resign effective July 1 in order to spend more time with her family — her husband, Michael and their son, Levi Fletcher Priest who was born Jan. 21, 2018. She will be a hard act to follow, and we will surely miss her. However, I believe the Lord has answered all of our prayers, and I am pleased to announce that Jeff Herring will soon begin serving in this position. He already had several obligations, including SOAR, church camp, a family trip to celebrate his daughter’s (National GMA President Autumn Herring) graduation and a mission trip to the Philippines. So he will start May 20, and Maddy will continue to serve in the position and offer training as he is available until his obligations are fulfilled.
*CBC to Host Appreciation Lunch During BMAA Meeting (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – Central Baptist College will host an appreciation lunch for pastors/church staff attending the BMA of America National Meeting on Tuesday, May 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Local Lime in Rogers. The complimentary lunch will consist of salsa, queso and a build your own taco and fajita bar. CBC President Terry Kimbrow and Director of Church Relations Duffy Guyton will share ways your church can partner with CBC. This lunch is open to the first 40 who RSVP by May 3 to Sancy Faulk at email@example.com. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)
*Dynamic Personalities at SOAR 2019 (pg. 1)
SOAR 2019, to be held July 3-5, will be packed with loads of excitement and learning for your church’s youth group! With a revamped SOAR Village, Prayer Teams, Church Time and much more, your teens will grow closer to one another and to the Lord during the SOAR Conference week. One of the most exciting parts about SOAR 2019 is all of the personalities that will be a part of this year’s conference!
Yes, Your Kid (pg. 2)
Dr. Mark Goulston – Editor’s Note: The horrors of suicide were made evident by last week’s apparent suicide by a 14-year-old boy at a school in Concord. Although I don’t know the child’s spiritual background, I do know that even “good Christian kids” are at risk. I hope this article gives us all a “heads up!”Every child is at risk for suicide, and the warning signs are nearly impossible to spot.As a psychiatrist specializing in suicide prevention, it’s deeply troubling to me that suicide rates keep climbing, especially for teens.
Summer Plans (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – Finding ourselves at the beginning of May, it is time to buckle down and consider our summer. If you haven’t made plans by now, you may find yourself scrambling. Summer can be a great time to pull your group together with camps, trips and outings. During the school year, many of our students are involved in extracurricular activities, studying and work. They don’t have the time to connect in a meaningful way with one another. However, the 10-12 weeks that you have during the summer months can be that rallying point for your students. Here are a few options for your summer months:
Autopsy of a Deceased Church (pg. 3)
Lary Barker – They say there is a first time for everything, so this is the first time I am running someone else’s blog in its entirety here, but I think its worth it. Our Activate ministry is a Bible-based discovery process, led by the Holy Spirit, driven by the pastor, supported by a team within the church, discipled by the pastor’s huddle and coached by the Activate staff. We utilize Thom Rainer’s book mentioned here in the early stages of this church renewal/revitalization process!
Mother’s Day: Gratitude, Sacrifice & Humility (pg. 3)
Gayla Grace (Baptist Press) -As a young mom, I thought Mother’s Day should be all about me. Surely I deserved recognition for my never-ending sacrifices as a mom and stepmom to five children, right?However, after driving away from my parents’ home not long ago with tears spilling down my cheeks, I sensed God asking me to honor my mom with the time we have left. No longer able to deny that dementia is consuming Mom’s every fiber, I must acknowledge this is the last Mother’s Day she’ll know me as her daughter. I’d never considered how to truly honor my mom. What does that look like? Why is it important?
Editor’s Notebook: A Challenge (pg. 4)
As you probably noticed on page 1, Jeff Herring will be replacing Maddy Priest as assistant editor, and his position will be full time and at an increased salary. It was fully deserved based on his skill set and needs, but it will create a challenge to our budget, to say the least. Another challenge is that Gracie, the Trumpet van, has over 162,000 miles on her. Right now, she’s hanging in there; but if we start having more repair bills, I’ll need to see about getting a new van. We serve a mighty God who is never surprised by the needs of this ministry, and I trust Him completely. But I have to confess that one of my favorite Bible verses seems to be Mark 9:24: “…Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief!”
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
NLR Mulls Public Drinking District, Judge Blocks Trump’s New Rules Defunding PP, New Site For Confederate Statue, Abortion is Ruled a Right in Kansas
Mailbox (pg. 10)
An Encouraging Word (George Quillin) – This is just a word to express gratitude for the Baptist Trumpet and its long, distinguished history, and to say I’m praying both for you all at the paper and for the dear churches it represents. May God warm your affections for Him and sustain you in your respective ministries for His glory and your joy, and sustain the Trumpet that it may continue informing, encouraging and helping unify the churches. May this be the BMA’s finest year yet, and may you enjoy seeing God’s mighty hand at work growing the association and its influence such that we would all make much of Jesus Christ in all things. Grace and peace to you and yours!
Think Carefully About Your Ways (pg. 10)
(Haggai 1:5) Commanders of military forces give orders that are more than words. Parents say to children: “Don’t make me tell you again.” The Lord of Armies repeats his commands to His nation and His words to His children two times in this opening chapter: here and verse seven. We need to hear these words in our day.
Purpose Overcomes Preference (pg. 11)
Paul White (II Cor. 4:16) – There is a cause so dear, so precious and so worthwhile that many of us have given ourselves to it. It has become our cause, and it keeps us from fainting. Fainting is a familiar phenomenon for many. There comes the rush of blood, our arms and legs feel as they are not attached, one goes unconscious and falls. It is a strange thing that happens when fainting occurs. There is the faltering, then the fading, then comes the fainting and last the fall.