Current News – 3-11-2020

*How Can I Help? (pg. 1)

Lavon Haden -Many people ask us “What do you need or how can I help?” But it is hard sometimes to be specific about our needs due to the unknown factors of the number of meals we need or the length of time we need to stay following the March 3 Nashville, Tenn.-area tornados… we need takeout plates that have three compartments, napkins, paper towels and 12 and 16-ounce styrofoam cups. We also need tin foil, flour, corn meal, sugar, eggs, milk, butter, salt, black pepper etc. For convenience and efficiency, I recommend buying online from Walmart, Sams or Amazon and having it delivered free of charge directly to the location where we’ll be — Community Church, 1815 Knowles Street, Nashville, Tenn. 37208. It will be a few days before we are operational. A monetary donation is best for us because we buy just what we need when we need it. Money can be sent by PayPal (; or to BMAA Missions, P.O. Box 878, Conway, Ark. 72033; or to Just The Crumbs, 10 Wagon Trail, Sumrall, Miss. 39482.

*Carson Sworn In (pg. 1)

Dr. Scott Carson, president of Southeastern Baptist College, was recently sworn into the Mississippi State Guard as a chaplain in the rank of colonel. The Mississippi State Guard is one of three military organizations that fall under the authority of the governor. The word “State” is key in understanding the mission of the Guard. Two similar organizations are the Air National Guard and the Army National Guard, and while these two can be federalized by the president of the United States, the State Guard cannot be federalized. The State Guard’s mission is primarily disaster relief and is voluntary in nature unless called to service by the governor.

*Three Ways Facebook Can Be An Extension of Church Ministry (pg. 1)

Chris Martin • Baptist Press -So many social media platforms exist today. It can be hard to know what platforms are worth our time and what platforms should be ignored. It is almost without question, however, that Facebook is worth a church’s attention as much as any social media platform.A church having a Facebook page really is about as important as a church having a website these days. Many people in the communities surrounding churches go to Facebook to look for churches, and church Facebook pages appear in basic Google searches.But Facebook can be complicated and frustrating, even for the most savvy social media user. How can a church actually use Facebook as an extension of the ministry it does in its community every week? Here are three basic ways your church can use Facebook as an extension of church ministry:

*Calling All Preachers to R & R (pg. 7)

Paul White – There will be a time of relaxation and spiritual refreshing March 30-April 1 at the StoneRidge Baptist Church Encampment, located in Smithville, which is about one hour west of Jonesboro and two hours north of Little Rock. We, here at the BMA of Arkansas State Missions office, are excited to have our missionaries invited to share their work and preach the Word during this retreat. It is a great time to Renew, Rewind, Resolve, Rest and Relax — great food, and a great time to just get to know and share with fellow servants in the Lord. Iron sharpens iron; and to get a group of God’s men, young and old, in one place under one roof can be a life-changing event. One of the highlights is the horseshoe pitching contest.  I encourage our ministers to come, support and get to know your missionaries and fellow preachers. I hope each church will offer to send the ministers from their church. Room and meals only cost $25 — it doesn’t get much better than that! A special thanks to the Jonesboro Association for sponsoring this event. Contact information: Wynndel King at (870) 926-4635; Scott Small at (870) 324-0066; or StoneRidge Camp at (870) 528-3525.

*Why Be a Baptist? (pg. 3)

Tom Mitchell (part 2) – In the previous article, I wrote about the scriptural identity of a New Testament church with regard to the mode of baptism, which biblically is immersion. Today, I focus attention to the polity of a Bible-based church. Polity is the way the church is governed.With so many various denominations today, there come many various ways of governing. For some, there is a universal leader, such as with the Roman Catholics who have a pope, who sets polity and decrees. The pope has a number of cardinals as part of the church’s hierarchy. Their main function is to elect a new pope when a current one dies. Cardinals also supervise several dioceses in the region where they are assigned. Still other denominations are led by a group of bishops who call a person to be the pastor of a local congregation, or sometimes congregations. Other denominations have a board of elders directing the affairs of the church, with a pastor being the leader under their supervision, The New Testament church does not follow any of those forms of polity. In truth, churches are autonomous.That means they are self-governing.When choosing a pastor, the church may send out representatives to hear and interview prospective candidates for the position. Then the church body will vote either to call or not to call the individual as pastor. Once in place, the pastor becomes the shepherd of the flock (church).

CBC Day 2020 Announced (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – CBC Day for 2020 has been scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13. We are encouraging churches to set aside this Sunday, or another day which best fits their church calendar, to pray for CBC. Churches are also encouraged to take a one-time offering for the annual fund program, “Gifts that Transform,” and/or make a pledge to give additional offerings over the 12 months to follow. The ultimate goal of the annual “CBC Day” is to fully underwrite the expenses associated with the Bible & Missions Departments and to fund the Ministry Tuition Grant Program — all CBC distinctives. It is my strong desire that the churches of the BMAA come together for one day of our three-month Special Emphasis and see what God can and will do through our people. For more information about hosting a CBC Day in your church or to schedule a CBC Day, please contact Director of Church Relations Duffy Guyton at or (501) 205-8920. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)

A Grateful Heart (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – My son had emergency surgery last week at Baptist Health. Four years ago, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease — an autoimmune disorder that affects the digestive system. There’s no cure; it can only be treated. My son apparently developed an abscess that had to be taken care of. It is hard, as a father, to watch your child suffer, especially when there is absolutely nothing that you can do about it. However, as I watched my son endure pain and humbling circumstances, Jesus shone brightly through him. There were moments that were hard for him, but he still embraced a Christ-like attitude. Is my son perfect? Far from it. He is a college student who makes mistakes on a regular basis. But in those moments, he let his Jesus show.

Church Health & Revitalization (pg. 3)

Larry Barker & Heidi Sorrells – Church revitalization can be minor tweaks all the way to a major rebuild. It has been described as an inside job because it is driven by a team within the church whose heart is to see the church thrive and flourish. It is resuscitating what already exists. Replanting is more an outside job that requires much more major help, and a total redo which usually involves the passing of the baton. In today’s article you will hear from our Activate pastor’s advocate, Heidi Sorrells: “When I think about Activate I’m in awe of how God has moved and continues to move! When I started working with the Activate ministry in 2015, I didn’t know BMA history, most pastor names or who was related to whom. Can you believe I didn’t even know who Jerry Kidd was?”

Ouch Again! (pg. 4)

Editor – I heard from another one of our wonderful, long-time Church Plan churches on Monday, and they were facing the same problem as the other three churches I’ve told you about in this column the last couple of weeks — dwindling finances. They were ready to cancel their 23 subscriptions; but, friends, I just couldn’t let them do it! I’ve seen a lot of those people face-to-face, and I know they love the BMA and they love this ministry of the written word — their backs are just against the wall. So I told the pastor’s wife (my friend) who called, “Just tell the people that you tried to cancel; but that old, stubborn, short-timer woman at the Trumpet just wouldn’t let me!” Yes, I realize that when I call back in three months, their situation may be the same. And if it is, I’ll offer to send the paper another three months if they’ll let me. Can we afford to do that? Dear Ones, we can’t afford not to do that because it’s not about the Trumpet — it’s about every department, church and missionary in the BMA. If we can’t get their prayer requests, praises and needs out to the person-in-the-pew for them, who will?

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

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My Nose Job (pg. 5)

Tony Cleaver – I had a nose job last week. Lots of people, for one reason or another, have their noses surgically altered. The surgeries make the person more attractive and appealing to the eye because the nose job smooths out the face’s symmetry. My nose job was not done with surgical precision nor in a doctor’s office. It was done with a blunt instrument in my driveway. You might be wondering how this could be. Glad you asked. Let me recite the details of my nose job:

Punctuating Easter (pg. 5)

Mike McEuen (Mark 16:6) – Try to imagine the wide range of emotions the women and the disciples went through that very first Easter. Let me walk you through a series of Easter punctuation marks to describe it for us: Period — That very first Easter was a day when life felt like a period for Jesus’ disciples. A period is a mark of punctuation used at the end of a sentence. Did you catch that one important word — end! Jesus was dead. He was buried. It seemed the end of expectations. Dreams were shattered. Hope was lost and gone…

McCalls to Mark 50th Anniversary (pg. 5)

Joe and Barbara (Baier) McCall, of Sherwood, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary March 20. Although they have requested that no reception be held, they do plan to take an anniversary trip in the near future. The McCalls have been active members of North Hills Baptist Church in Sherwood for many years. He serves as deacon and as teacher of the Adult 3 Sunday School class, and she uses her talents in many areas — including beautiful counted cross-stich pictures which hang in many places throughout the church.

Near The Cross (pg. 6)

Narita Roady (via Oklahoma Baptist) — This Easter, one lesson will prevail in Sunday School classes and sermons — Christ’s victory over sin and death. Yet another lesson in Scripture’s detailed account of the famous Easter story has been missed; one that might save countless believers from defeat at the enemy’s hand. The Savior’s journey to the cross was not safe and easy. His path to that glorious empty tomb is strewn with agony and sorrow. The closer Christ came to the cross, the greater His sufferings and persecutions, and the more unjust His treatment. Herein lies the missed lesson — the closer we get to the cross and to Jesus, the greater the sufferings, struggles and opposition we will face.

Betrayed (pg. 6)

Maggie Chandler -The sting of betrayal. It’s graduate-level Christianity, whether you play the role of betrayer or the betrayed.  While most traitors manage to remain virtually anonymous, others make a name for themselves in our history books — people like Benedict Arnold and Brutus who made Caesar’s “unkindest cut of all.” And then there was Judas.

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