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Current News – May 22

*From the States (pgs. 5-9)

*2019 CBC Graduation & Awards (pg. 1)

Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, delivered Central Baptist College’s commencement addresses on May 11. This year’s class consisted of 140 graduates, 77 in the Traditional program and 63 in the PACE program. Both commencement ceremonies concluded with student processions through the Ratliff Bell Tower and a reception for the graduates and their families. CBC presented two Greatest Contribution Awards during the ceremonies. Landon Riddle received the traditional graduate award, and Thomas Hall received the Professional Adult College Education (PACE) graduate award.

*Celebrating a God Who Fights the Battle (pg. 1)

Angelyn McMurray -Some of the best movies center around the proverbial underdog who overcomes seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve a prized goal. Think of movies like Rocky, Unbroken, Facing the Giants, and Glory; each of these, regardless of whether they are fiction or based in actual events, demands the protagonist search himself to find an inner strength that would push him beyond what they themselves thought possible. So too in the Bible, we find character after character who look not to himself or herself, but to Almighty God, the creator of all that is, to allow Him to move themselves beyond what is humanly possible… Hebron Hills’ first group home and counseling center will not open until later this year or early into 2020, but we are very near completion of building. To celebrate, on June 15 at 4 p.m., we are hosting an onsite Open House and Benefit.  This event will include tours of the facility, complimentary dinner and entertainment. So that we are sure to prepare enough food, if you plan to attend, please RSVP at or (856) 780-2337. In addition, we were advised by a donor that every dollar given on this date will be matched at 400% of the original donation. In short, a $10 donation will be matched with an accompanying $40 donation.

*One Lord, One Faith, One Mission

Part 2 – President’s Message (Jeff Swart) – The third word of our theme is faith. The Greek word pistis (pis-tis — Strong’s #4102) is translated in our text as faith, and it could refer to faith in the objective sense that the Bible is the accepted body of divine truth.  The early Christians recognized a body of basic doctrine (we might call the fundamentals of the faith) that they taught, guarded and committed to others (II Tim. 2:2). True believers may differ in some matters of interpretation and church practice — but all true Christians agree on “the faith” and to depart from “the faith” is to bring about disunity within the body of Christ.

*Newspaper Goes Digital Only (pg. 1)

On May 18, Arkansas’ largest newspaper, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, announced that it will be going to digital only Monday through Saturday. The Sunday paper will still be printed. Trumpet Editor’s Note: We have offered the Baptist Trumpet digitally for several years, but I’ve found that it’s hard to get people to take it that way. Almost all our readers still want “the paper in their hands.” I understand their thinking, but when you can get the news Tuesday evening within 30 minutes of the time we send it to be printed, instead of waiting for days for the Post Office to get it to you, it just makes sense to get it electronically.

2019 Student Orientation Staff Announced (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – Central Baptist College is pleased to announce the 2019 Student Orientation Staff (SOS), a group of upperclassmen students whose primary role is to help new students feel welcome at CBC. SOS team members are selected on the basis of maturity, work ethic, friendliness and value-driven leadership. New students entering CBC are faced with numerous questions related to registration, housing, financial concerns, personal identity and academic survival. Each SOS member plays a vital role in helping answer these questions. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)

Associational Involvement (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – Think back with me. Were you ever involved in church camp? Did you ever go to Encounter here in Arkansas? Have you made the trip to SOAR? If you have, you have been involved in something that was put together by an association of churches. The Baptist Missionary Association of America, Arkansas and your local area works to assist you and your local church in ministry. However, as student ministry workers, we often think that being involved with our association is something for our lead pastor or the deacons of our church. We don’t want to go to the meetings because we find them boring and sometimes infuriating. There seems to be a lack of focus especially in our local meetings on the most important themes — the Message & our Mission. Let me encourage you to reevaluate your thinking.

Revitalization Requires Refocusing (pg. 3)

Larry Barker -Have we overcomplicated what it takes to revitalize a church and bring it back to life again? My answer would be yes and no! First, I would say no because it will require a lot of prayer with a lot of effort. Do not underestimate the task ahead as your church seeks to live up to Jesus’ expectations. There must be a willingness to do whatever it takes to live up to the Biblical standard. Revitalization is a process, and there is no reset button you can push that will guarantee that it will happen. It does not have to be complicated but it will not be easy!

Spotlight on Missions (pg. 3)

Jesse & Rebecca Hales (Dominican Republic); Carl & Dana Sookraj (Peru)

Tow Sacks Book Review (pg. 4)

Editor – I’ve always loved to read, but now that I’m an editor, it seems that I read “all day, every day” so I don’t usually read for relaxation. (I do, of course, love to get Christian books through Audible or on CDs and listen to them.) An exception was made to that “usually” when I picked up a copy of Tow Sacks, the new autobiography of Buddy Johnson (former BMA missionary to Mexico who now serves as director of International Training for BMAA Missions) at the BMAA meeting in Rogers. I absolutely couldn’t put it down, and I kept hearing Bro. Buddy’s voice saying each word I read — with that Texas drawl, a crooked smile and a toothpick sticking out of his mouth! Do yourself a favor and get a copy of this book. Proceeds benefit BMA of America Missions, and can be ordered through Buddy Johnson at 210 La Vista, Waxahachie, Texas 75165, The cost is $20, plus shipping. (“First class is about $9.50 in the U.S.,” said Bro. Buddy.) The book can also be ordered through BMAA Missions, P.O. Box 878, Conway, Ark. 72033; (501) 455-4977;

BMA Honors Its Own (pg. 9)

Jerry Kidd was honored during morning services May 19 at South City Church in Little Rock. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from BMA Seminary by Dr. Charley Holmes in recognition of his service to the Lord and the BMA. His 80th birthday was May 20, and he surrendered to the ministry Oct. 31, 1959. Dr. Kidd serves as director of Missionary Care for BMAA Missions and as pastor of missional engagement at South City Church. Robert & Ruth (Locke) Isaacs were honored May 18 at a reception marking their 70th wedding anniversary. The event, which was held at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Texas, was hosted by their children and grandchildren. The Isaacs, who served for many years in BMA Missions Spanish Publications ministry, were married May 15, 1949 in Odell, Texas. Danny Bullock was honored May 18 at a surprise reception marking his 50th anniversary in the ministry. The event was held at First Baptist Church in Magnolia. He and his wife, Maretta, are members of First Baptist Church at McNeil, where he serves as pastor. He also serves as pastoral training coordinator for Evangelistic International Ministries.

Jeanette Goodwin Dies (pg. 9)

Margaret Jeannette Goodwin, 80 of Warren, died May 14. Mrs. Jeannette was a homemaker, and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband of almost 62 years, Rocky Goodwin, founder and CEO of Evangelistic International Ministries (EIM); two sons, Mike (Ann) Goodwin of Magnolia, who serves as president of EIM and Ken (LaDonna) Goodwin of Warren; a daughter, Mitzi Goodwin of Warren; a brother, Lester Dale Cross of Knoxville, Tenn.; 6 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 17, at Calvary Baptist Church, and interment was at Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Frazer’s Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to Evangelistic International Ministries, 114 Bradley 23, Warren, Ark. 71671.

Dot Criley Dies (pg. 9)

Dorothy (Dot) Allen Criley, 82 of Chidester, died May 20. She and her husband of 49 years, BMA Minister John L. Criley, worked with the Master’s Builders and were members of New Liberty Baptist Church at Emmet. Other survivors include three daughters: Rhoda Stinnett of Chidester; Shirlena Mayes of Deale, Md. and Tessa Wilson of Camden; two sons, Roger T. Diffie of Chidester and Jerry Criley Wayne of Oak Leaf, Texas: 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Graveside service will be at Bethlehem Cemetery at Spotville, on May 23 at 10 a.m. under the direction of Proctor Funeral Home in Camden and with James Cox officiating.

National Galilean Camp Is Almost Here! (pg. 9)

Kenneth Colvert -I am so excited about the opportunity to experience another National Galilean camp, and I can hardly wait to see you there! The camp will return to StoneRidge Baptist Camp in Smithville for the third year. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. in the cafeteria on Friday, June 21. All churches must pre-register boys and men by June 7. The pre-registration form, posted on the Galilean website, should be sent to Kenneth Colvert. Complete instructions for registration are posted on the Galilean website, Camp fees ( $72 per camper) are due upon arrival, and payment must be made by cash or check. Checks should be made payable to StoneRidge Baptist Camp. For more information, log on to the Galilean website or call or text me at (479) 629-3258,

Purpose over Preference (pg. 11)

Paul White – “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not” III Cor. 4:1). God has given us the ministry of telling the good news of the Gospel. In one’s life there are a lot of things that could cause one to faint — the sight of blood, pain, being frightened, bad news. Often someone may ask, “Where is brother or sister so and so? I have not seen them in church lately.” They were doing so well, then we hear a sad story. For some reason, they have fainted in the process. They didn’t die, just fainted. First, they faltered and then they began to fade, followed by fainting and then the fall. They quit coming on Sunday night, they quit going out on visitation or teaching a class. They stopped tithing, and they no longer get involved. They lost their sweet spirit. What has happened? They have fainted, and the dry rot of failure set in.

Mailbox – Correction (pg. 12)

Charles Attebery – I need to ask you to make one correction in your summary of my report at the recent BMAA meeting in Rogers. In the last paragraph of your summary on page 6, your wording is “designations, less operating expenses, are never spent.” That wording indicates that although someone designated their contribution for a specific department of our work, the department would not receive the benefit of their entire contribution which is not how we operate. The correct wording is “Contributions, unless designated for operating expenses, are never spent.” (Please see my wording under the heading “Why We Exist” in my written report.) I would appreciate your running this correction so potential donors can be assured that 100% of any designated contributions for our departments will benefit them. Thank you for the good work you do for all our work. (BMA Foundation)

Memorial Day: Thank Our Soldiers (pg. 12)    

Glenn Mollette -May 30, 1868 was the first official Decoration Day. The day was declared by General John A. Logan and observed at Arlington National Cemetery. Volunteers that day decorated the graves of more the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers. During World War II, Decoration Day was expanded and renamed Memorial Day to honor all Americans who died in military service. The day became a national holiday in 1971. Almost 500,000 military personnel died during the U.S. Civil War. About 1.1 million service members have died in all the wars combined. 

National WMA Meets Goal, Chooses New Project (pg. 12)

When the National WMA met in Rogers, we celebrated reaching our goal for last year’s project — We Are FREE. The National WMA gave $60,000 to this ministry to furnish the first residents’ home (which houses 12). There were two projects nominated for the 2019-2010 National WMA Project — the remodeling of the BMA of the Philippines printing building into a training facility for national missionaries, and the Missionary Care Ministry led by Jerry Kidd. The video will soon be available on the National WMA website ( for you to download and show your group. There will also be a pdf file of the brochure available soon there. If you have any questions, or you would like someone to come and speak, please contact Project Promotion Chairman Kelly Williams at or (214) 534-9875.

Assistant Editor

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