Current News- 5-15-19

Current News May 15

*Listen To The Meeting

The pre-recorded reports from the directors are available on our website at, along with the President’s Message by Jeff Swart, Annual Message by Dr. Clif Johnson and WMA presentation by Judy Wallace.

*BMA Department Leaders, Officers and Committees; Meeting photo collage (pgs. 6-7)

*More Beamers Enjoy More Features (pg. 1)

Editor – May 6-8, BMA of America messengers returned to Arkansas — at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center in Rogers, Ark. — and it was different in many ways, including only one morning session dedicated to business. Events included seven Breakout Sessions, a BMA Town Hall meeting, a very well-attended Church Leaders Table Talk, a Missionary Wives Lunch, a wonderful BMA Seminary Dinner and a special testimonial and concert by the renowned Russ Taff (sponsored by Lifeword and BMAA Missions). “The format changes were designed so that all business is in one session, so bivocational pastors can attend, and so we can offer more help to churches and pastors,” said Donny Parrish during the Tuesday afternoon Town Hall meeting. Another great thing is that more BMA people (Beamers) were present to enjoy the changes!This year’s attendance was 644 (466 messengers and 178 visitors) compared to 567 for the last two years; and there were also four new petitioning churches: Central, Southaven, Miss.; Day Star, Sumrall, Miss.; Graves Memorial, North Little Rock; and Mosiac, Memphis.

*Part 1 – President’s Message (pg. 1)

One Lord, One Faith, One Mission (Jeff Swart) -After more than two years of prayer concerning the theme for the 2019 BMA of America’s national meeting, I believe God would have it to be, “One Lord, One Faith, One Mission” which was adapted from Ephesians 4:5. (Eph. 4:1-6).From this passage of Scripture, I draw your attention to four important thoughts:

*Amendments Withdrawn, Questions Answered (pg. 1)

Editor – During the first session of the associational meeting Monday night, all the proposed amendments to the BMA Statement of Principles of Cooperation (dealing with the restructuring of DiscipleGuide — see March 27 Baptist Trumpet, page 1) were pulled by Paul White (chairman of the Coordinating Council) and Dr. Charley Holmes (DiscipleGuide).  “This is a year when you’ll be seeing a lot of changes presented, and because of that, there was some confusion in some of the recommendations,” said Bro. White. “So the Coordinating Council met today, and they would like to recommend that, for clarification, a change in our printed recommendations would be that Article 10, Sections 1 and 2, be withdrawn at this time.” A motion was made, seconded and carried to rescind this recommendation from the Coordinating Council. “The trustees of the Department of Church Ministries (DiscipleGuide) withdraw our recommendations for changes to the Principles (of Cooperation) until a later time, in order to allow time for the whole association to have input into these matters,” said Dr. Holmes. This action was also approved by the messengers.

CBC Students Honored at Academic Awards Ceremony (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – Central Baptist College students were honored at the Academic Awards Ceremony held on Friday, April 26 in the Burgess Auditorium. In addition to departmental academic awards, the Alpha Chi National Honor society induction was held. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)

Prayer Movement (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – One of the highlights of our BMA annual meeting is the commissioning service for our new missionaries and church planters. All of those who are presently serving are also called to the stage for a commissioning prayer. It is a reminder of the need to pray for our missionaries around the world, our church planters here in North America and for our churches. A clarion call to corporate spiritual disciplines (prayer and Bible study) is essential for a discipleship-based multiplication of disciples, leaders and churches to occur. Where do we start? How does it begin? The answer is prayer!

The One Constant (pg. 3)

Dan Carson – Having been connected to student ministry for much of my ministry, I can tell you that this time of year is hard. We pour into our students and see them grow, but even from the start, we know that our influence and time is limited. In the best case scenario, we will have 7-8 years with them. They change, they grow and then they graduate. We understand (or at least should) that our group will change at the end of the year. Over the years, I have had to say good-bye to a bunch of students. To be totally transparent, it has been harder some years than others. You grow to like certain kids. Hopefully, you love them all, but we all connect with people differently and there are some that you really miss.

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Oklahoma Tribe Wants Casino in Pine Bluff; Assisted Suicide vs Automobiles; Georgia Governor Signs Heartbeat Law

BMA Seminary Dinner (pg. 5)

Editor – A highlight of every BMA of America meeting, for me, is the BMA Seminary Dinner, and this year was no exception. In addition to great food, great company and great music (by Dean Philip Attebery and Assistant to the President Keri Southern), it is always good to get an inside look at our seminary and honor some people who truly deserve to be honored:

BMA Seminary’s 62nd Commencement (pg. 5)

The BMA Theological Seminary of Jacksonville, Texas will hold its 2019 commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. in the Dorman Memorial Chapel at the seminary, located at 1530 East Pine Street. The event is open to the public. The 2019 graduating class will be the seminary’s sixty-second. Graduates will receive Associate, Bachelor and Master’s degrees during the ceremony. Dr. Charley Holmes will present the commencement address.

Anderson, College Professor, Dies (pg. 10)

C. Barnwell Anderson, 86 of Jacksonville, Texas, died May 10. He had been a Baptist pastor for many years and was a retired professor of History and Government at Jacksonville College. He was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Jacksonville, where he served as pastor until 2014. Funeral services were held May 14 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Dr. Edwin Crank, David Moore and Wayne Thompson officiating. Memorials may be made to Texas Southern Gospel School of Music, 305 Trailwood Drive, Crockett, Texas 75835; Jacksonville Baptist College, 105 B.J. Albittron Drive, Jacksonville, Texas 75766; or a charity of your choice.

Aganda, Lifeword Producer, Dies (pg. 12)

Stephen Aganda, 54 of Burkina Faso, Africa, died May 10. He was a Lifeword producer and BMA team member who faithfully produced the Mooré broadcast for many years. He was a student in the first class of the Bible Institute that was established in 1998, served as a pastor and helped to train many pastors. Survivors include his wife, Alice; and five children, Benjamin, Christian, Sarah, Anderson and Prosper.

In Every Tongue (pg. 10)

Valarie Fish – I checked off another thing on my bucket list! My hubby and I got to spend a couple of days in Arizona recently, and we did a day trip to the Grand Canyon. Although we were only there for about five hours, I am sure I could have spent days just sitting and staring out at the amazing expanse. Walking along the South Rim Trail, we tended to move with the same group of people who were also stopping, staring and taking pictures at every turn. Each time I thought, “This has to be the perfect place for a photo op,” we would move further and find another spectacular view. I can’t be certain because I didn’t see every spot, but I am pretty sure there isn’t a bad spot for a photo op!

Summers Update (pg. 10)

Nelda Malone -The Master’s Builders traveled to Summers Baptist Church at Summers on April 22 to begin work. It was our fourth time to have the privilege of working with the church on their church plant. This is such a loving and caring church that we all consider them our family! 

To God Be the Glory! (pg. 11)

Paul White – This year, our BMAA national meeting was another example of our leadership’s attempt to further the ministry of our association. With solid biblical messages and the new format, attendees had opportunity to attend the breakout sessions and other special meetings, which seemed to be well attended. With tremendous challenges and an overview of past success, may we head off into this new associational year with a desire to place the ministers of our association at the center of our efforts. The only thing that could have made it better was for more to have been there. While the cost is prohibitive for some, a simple rummage sale or cake and pie auction would most likely allow your church to be represented. Remember, we still vote on things, and again this year, we saw that a few votes made the difference. Have a blessed week.

Remember, And Be Grateful (pg. 12)

Memorial Day emerged from the grim shadows of the American Civil War. Before the close of the war, women began decorating the graves of soldiers who had died in that war, and the practice quickly spread. A few years later May 30, 1868, was designated as Decoration Day — a day for placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers throughout the United States. In 1882, Decoration Day became known as Memorial Day, and soldiers who died in other wars were also honored. Over the years, Memorial Day has become a day when all loved one who have died — in war and otherwise — are remembered. In 1971, The United States Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be observed annually on the last Monday of May.

Assistant Editor

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