Current News – 12-18-2019

*From the States Christmas (pg. 8)

Missouri –He Never Fails, Seven Resolutions and I Corinthians 13, Christmas Version; Texas – “Unwanted and Abandoned” and “Reflection.”

*BMA Philippines Disaster Relief Fund (pg. 2)

On Dec. 2, Typhoon Kammuri brought damaging winds and heavy rain to the Philippines after making landfall in the Bicol region, about 240 miles southeast of Manila. The Category 4 storm affected approximately 250 families from BMA Philippines churches in that region. Widespread power outages have displaced storm victims and resulted in a lack of work that is affecting their livelihoods. BMA Philippines and local BMA churches in Bicol are helping coordinate and carry out the response to the affected area. If you would like to donate to these individuals and families in need of assistance you may give online at (Designate “Philippines” in “add a message.”) or send to BMA Missions, P.O. Box 878, Conway, Ark. 72033. Thank you for your steadfast support of BMA Missions.

*Vision 2020 (pg. 2)

Larry Baker – Normal vision is described as 20/20 and means that you can see what an average individual can see on an eye chart when they are standing 20 feet away. It literally is seeing things out in front and ahead of you. You go to an eye doctor to determine how good or bad your vision is and what needs to be done for you to see well. With this New Year and decade just days ahead, the time is now for us to do the necessary work to envision His future for us. What do you see that the Lord desires for you to do in and through your church in 2020?

*PLC Announces Class Project (pg. 2)

The 2019-2020 class of the Central Baptist College President’s Leadership Council (PLC) has been announced. The PLC has been attending biweekly meetings since the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester, has completed a service project and has decided on a class project. Their class project will be raising funds to furnish two areas in the Mabee Student Services Complex for student use. To raise funds for their project, the President’s Leadership Council is hosting a Battle of the Bands, which will be held during Homecoming weekend The Battle of the Bands will take place, Saturday, Feb. 1 in the Burgess Auditorium, right after the men’s basketball game against Harris-Stowe State. Anyone that is an alumna, current student or CBC employee member can sign up to participate in the event, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., by visiting this link:

*Give the Gift of Education this Christmas! (pg. 3)

Terry Kimbrow – Central Baptist College is committed to transforming lives through education that integrates Christian faith and academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment. While students are here, they are hearing His truth in the classroom, in chapel, in the residence hall, in small group meetings and on the athletic field and court. The list could go on and on! CBC exists to train kingdom workers to “Shine His Light.” Since 1952, countless lives have been changed, transformed, at CBC! That transformation has happened because of the power of the truth of God’s Word, which is infused into all that we do! You can be a part of the transformation that takes place on our campus each and every day!

Helping Your Student Ministry Worker Embrace the New Year (pg.3)

Dan Carson – I love the New Year. It is a great time of self-reflection and evaluation. No matter what has happened during 2019, 2020 is a fresh slate. Now, the same could be said about every day, but the big transitions seem easier for us to embrace. This time as we work through the end of the year, we also have a new decade to look forward to; and that’s exciting! I don’t know if you share my excitement about the new year, but I do know that serving a “God of Second Chances” is a powerful thing. As your student ministry worker goes into the new year, there are many things that he or she might like to accomplish. They care very deeply about the students in your church, and simply want to pour their lives into them. Unfortunately, many of these individuals do so to the determent of their own lives. They eat too much pizza and junk when hanging out with students. They wreck themselves by staying up for lock-ins. They push personal things aside to invest in the next generation. Now, this may not be the case in every situation, but many of us in student ministry have been known to keep giving to our students even when we are tapped out. So, what can you do to help the student ministry worker in your church embrace the New Year and invest in themselves? Here a few ideas…

Therapy Dog Eases Stress During Finals (pg. 3)

Kat Carson • CBC Tower —Students coming into the Story Library on the morning of Dec. 9 were met with a surprise guest on campus. Ernie, a five-year-old Great Pyrenees, is a registered therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International who was invited to comfort students during the stress of Finals Week, Dec. 9-12.“I was really stressed for today and tomorrow, actually, and I came in, and [the dog] instantly put a smile on my face,” said junior Peyton Kendrick.Ernie greeted all students walking into the library and was happy to be petted and surrounded by students.“He’s just a ball of joy,” said Kendrick.The guest’s appearance was arranged by Allison Lightfoot, public services librarian, after seeing other schools having support animals during Finals Week.

Thanks So Much! (pg. 4)

Editor – Since I announced (in the Dec. 4 issue) my pending retirement next November, I have received so many wonderful notes and cards from many of you. I just want you to know that I’m putting each one of them into a “Keep it Forever” binder because they have all touched my heart so deeply. I also appreciate the invitations to speak I have received (in response to my request!) I’ll be speaking at the April meeting of the Central Arkansas District WMA, and possibly at the Mt. Vernon District WMA (dates are being checked). I still have some dates open… hint, hint (not so subtle) hint! We have also received three offerings (all from girlfriends!) to help us pay for the new vehicle we just had to buy. The total cost of the SUV was $38,795.96 and the offerings totaled $1,200, leaving us with a balance of $37,595.96. We’ll have to start making monthly payments of $654.85 on Jan. 6. I really, really hate that because, for the first time since I’ve been editor, the Trumpet is “technically” in debt. (I say technically because the debt is actually in my name!) Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone decided to send us a check for the entire amount — oh, from your mouth to God’s ears!

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Top Bible verse of 2019; Medical Marijuana May Cost Taxpayers; PP “Does Not Belong in Schools;” Army Bans Bible Verse Dog Tags; Third of Abortion Clinics Close in Five Years

From Then to Now (pg. 5)

Tom Mitchell – I was just thinking about why and where the BMA of Arkansas began and where we are today. A Little Bit of History – In 1950, the American Baptist Association split due to some philosophical differences — not doctrinal ones. As a result, the North American Baptist Association was formed, which resulted in state associations also being formed. In 1968, the name of the national work was changed to the Baptist Missionary Association of America. Names have changed, but doctrinal positions have not. What today is the BMA of Arkansas first convened at the Temple Baptist Church of Little Rock. Some of the giants of our association were elected to lead the state meeting. Dr. J.E Cobb, who served as vice-president of Conway Baptist College (now Central Baptist College,) was elected moderator. Dr. C.C. Winters and E.B. Jones were elected vice-moderators. The association’s first clerks were J.G. Murry and C.C. Bishop (who later served as editor of the Baptist Trumpet.)

When You’re Not in the Christmas Spirit (pg. 2)

Corley Madden Shumaker -Several years ago, around this time of year, I was contemplating taking down my Christmas tree early. Doing that kind of thing is not like me at all; I’m usually full of Christmas spirit and enjoy decorating my whole house, top to bottom, outside and in. The Christmas season has nearly always been a bright prospect to me, full of the promise of family, friends, sweet treats, and yes, presents. (I’m shallow enough to admit that I love gifts!) Christmas parties, music, sweaters, and especially the twinkling lights all combine to make this time of year my very favorite. But, this year was different — I felt as though a grey cloud had descended, and I was stuck under its bleak, cold shadow nearly all the time. I couldn’t figure out where this cloud had come from, and I found myself wondering if I would ever feel normal again. I was just sad. 

Thornton, Former Chaplain, Dies (pg. 5)

Col. Bobby C. Thornton, 86 of Tyler, Texas died Dec. 15. After serving for two years in the Army and achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant, he attended Jacksonville College in Jacksonville, Texas. He then went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University, a Masters in Education from Texas Wesleyan College and a Master’s in Theology from BMA Seminary. Col. Thornton surrendered to the ministry in 1954 and pastored several churches in Texas and Mississippi for 16 years before joining the U.S. Air Force as a chaplain in 1971. He served in the Air Force for over 23 years as a chaplain, retiring in 1994. He then went on to serve as director of the BMA Chaplaincy Dept. from April 1995 to Jan. 31, 2009. Along with his ministries, he enjoyed many hobbies, including golf, racquetball, running and gardening. He was formerly a member of Rose City Baptist Church in Tyler, and most recently had attended New Harmony Baptist Church in Tyler. Survivors include his wife, Dovie Thornton of Tyler; and a sister, Mary Smith of Hattiesburg, Miss. Funeral services were scheduled for Dec. 18 in the chapel of Jackson’s Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Home, with Dr. Edwin Crank and Gary Doss officiating. Interment with Military Honors will be at Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Southeastern Baptist College, 4229 Hwy. 15 North, Laurel, Miss. 39440.

The Best Gifts (pg. 5)

Valarie Fish – If you watch many commercials around the holidays, you would think the top adult Christmas gifts are cars, perfume and jewelry. Every few seconds another advertisement comes, and you start wishing for someone who would buy you a car for Christmas! (My favorite is the guy who bought “one for you, and one for me” — like all of us could go out and get two brand new cars financed at the same time!) Giving gifts did not originate with Christmas. People have been giving gifts to one another since before known civilizations. Sociologists agree that the purpose and origins of gift giving are rooted in the ability and desire of people to make connections.

Spotlight on Missions (pg. 6)

Jesse & Rebecca Hales, Round Rock, Texas

What We Can Learn From The Shepherds (pg. 6)

Milton A. Hollifield Jr. • Baptist Press -In the synoptic Gospels, Luke 2:8-20, Dr. Luke records the glorious announcement that Jesus Christ had been born in Bethlehem. There was nothing ordinary about this special message. It was delivered by angels to a group of common shepherds on a Judean countryside when it was so unexpected, their night vision was overcome by the brilliant light of God’s glory that flashed all around them and scared them to death.The shepherds play an important part of the Christmas narrative, and they have become popular characters in our modern traditions. Shepherd figurines adorn storefronts and lawn displays. We sing about shepherds in many of our popular Christmas carols and they are always in nativity displays.

A Busy End of the Year (pg. 6)

Danny Eddy, Dir. • Louisiana Tech ABS — At the time of our last writing, we were just about to finish up the fall quarter and were in the middle of finals. Every Monday night around here is considered Study Night, but during finals we also have a Pancake Supper. Ashley and Makayla manned the grills, and it was a fun night, along with some chemistry tutoring.After a nice long quarter break/Thanksgiving break, we are back in full swing. We only have a few days of school before we break for Christmas, and they will go by quickly, with teachers trying to see how much they can accomplish in that short period of time.We have started collecting donations from the students to adopt a family again this year. We will take the mother shopping and wrap the gifts for the children.

Excitement in the Air (pg. 7)

Paul White – Burning up the highway for Jesus! Last Wednesday, I traveled to Pea Ridge to meet with a newfound friend, Larry Morrison a retired minister and former church planter. He shared with me the need of a BMA church in that area. We spent some time driving around the community, and I was encouraged to see the ongoing construction of school buildings and subdivisions. Where there is a need for more of both of those things, you will find children and, of course, that means there must be a lot of parents running around. Call it a coincidence, but last Thursday night I visited with a couple who are seeking God’s will concerning planting a church in that same general area, perhaps a little more west. I love it when God reveals Himself in such mighty ways.

Jeff Herring

Jeff joined the Trumpet staff in May of 2019 and works on all aspects of the Trumpet­­ including advertising, editing, social media, and updating the Trumpet website. He joins us after over 20 years serving as a full-time associate pastor in Arkansas. Bro. Jeff graduated from CBC in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Bible. He graduated with a Master of Arts (Religion) degree from BMA Theological Seminary in 2011. A native of North Little Rock, AR, he now lives in Maumelle and has been married since June 1996 to his wife, Kristin (Browning). Jeff and Kristin have three children: Abigail (20), Autumn (18), and Austin (11). They are all active members of Antioch Baptist Church in Conway. Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, and he and Kristin love to cook and have people over to their home. “God will always lead us where He wants us to go. Sometimes the doors He opens are not what we expect, but you must be obedient just the same. I am excited to serve the state of Arkansas as the Assistant Editor and will do my best to help make the Baptist Trumpet successful as we seek to spread the word to the people of the BMA effectively.”

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