*COVID-19 & SOAR 2020
Dan Carson – Even SOAR 2020 has felt the sting of COVID-19. However, in true youth ministry ingenuity, the SOAR team came up with a solution. On June 26-27, the SOAR conference will be broadcast at www.gosoar.com. The best part is that it is free — that means every group in the BMA of America can participate in SOAR 2020 and not have to pay anything! Starting on Friday evening, June 26 at 7 p.m., SOAR will feature Pastor Andy Comer and the SOAR collective as they lead us in worship. Andy will speak again on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. He will be sharing about discipleship in both of his sessions. Gavin Roberts, Jeremy & Kristin Riddle, Shawn Hammontree, Angela Rice and Jonathan Montgomery will be leading breakout times Friday night and Saturday. Jimmy Walker and Dr. John David Smith will round out the speakers on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. It will be a packed two-day event that you don’t want to miss!
*Christmas Shoebox Information (pg. 1)
Dr. Ralph Izard -Friends, we need your help! Your church is invited to partner with us to provide Everlasting Smile Christmas Shoeboxes to missionaries in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatamala, Panama and Nicaragua. These shoeboxes are a great tool to help our missionaries meet and build relationships with people. Many people will come to a service that is providing a “gift from the States” that would otherwise not come to a service. This year, more than ever, we are excited to send the boxes. This will provide a great opportunity for our missionaries to connect and reconnect after a long time of quarantine. Many people in these countries have lost jobs and money is tight; that means they don’t have much food. The boxes will bring much joy to parents and children.
*Churches With PPP Loans Should Benefit From Law Fix (pg. 1)
Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today (Baptist Press) — On June 5, President Donald Trump signed legislation to make it easier for businesses or churches struggling during the coronavirus pandemic to take advantage of a payroll subsidy program that has been a critical part of Washington’s response to the economic crisis.The legislation gives employers more flexibility to use taxpayer subsidies for other costs and extends the lifespan of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) as the economy slowly begins to recover. It passed the House last week on a 417-1 vote and was approved by the Senate on Wednesday, June 3.
* COVID-19 and W4C (pg. 1)
The Coronavirus has made its way up to northern Ghana from the capital city of Accra. Two weeks ago, the virus reached Tamale and last week Walewale, the headquarters for Water for Christ (W4C). There were only two cases reported. The orphanage in Yamah is 12 miles west of Walewale, and so far, they have had no reported cases. Two years ago, the Water for Christ (W4C) team, under the direction of Tim Tyler (founder and director), drilled two deep wells. One well is in front of Pastor Amos’ church, and the other at the orphanage. Pastor Amos said the water wells have been a true blessing to the village. Before W4C came to Yamah, the village women would draw water daily from hand dug wells. These wells are open to the air and provide unclean surface water that could easily be contaminated with COVID-19 and infect the whole village.
*Fair Play for Arkansas: A Worthy Cause (pg. 3)
Larry Page – Following this introductory paragraph are excerpts from a June 1 press release and a June 3 email issued by the Pope County grassroots group Fair Play for Arkansas (FPA). The members of FPA are simply seeking to be treated fairly by their fellow Arkansans. This effort they are undertaking will accomplish that goal — but only if they get help from folks in the greater body of Arkansas Christians and their churches. I want to let the FPA members speak for themselves, so please read this and prayerfully consider helping and leading your church and those within your sphere of influence to assist FPA. Theirs is a worthy cause. Help them — won’t you?
Board of Trustee Meeting Highlights (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – The CBC Board of Trustees met Friday and Saturday, June 5-6, with some meeting in person on the Central Baptist College campus while adhering to social distancing guidelines, and with some joining virtually. The Academic Committee, Advancement Committee, and the Finance Committee convened throughout the day on Friday to consider recommendations from the Executive Leadership Team. The full board met on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m., again, with some in person and some joining the meeting virtually. Since a majority of the members were joining the meeting virtually, each Vice President and the Faculty Council Moderator prepared video reports that were distributed to the board in advance of the meeting. During the committee meetings on Friday and/or in the full board meeting on Saturday, reports and updates were given. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)
How And Where Does God Get Glory? (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – God receives glory, honor and praise in Heaven continuously around His throne. “And they sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals because you were slaughtered, and you redeemed people for God by your blood from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9 HCSB). This verse, according to the Tony Evans Study Bible, “portrays the ethnic, linguistic and national diversity that will be present in eternity. Difference and diversity are not problems to be solved; they were part of God’s plan from the beginning.” The ultimate calling and priority for His followers is stated in Psa. 96:3: “Declare His glory among the nations, His wondrous works among all peoples.” Why? So every tribe, language, people and nation might bring Him glory now, and then be a part of this heavenly worship. Everyone, regardless of the color of their skin, is invited to this grand celestial party one day. Racism is a sin, and the truth of that statement is made abundantly clear in the Word of God. It is so clear that the Scriptures tell us you cannot love God and hate someone.
Advice from Dad (pg. 3)
Lee Clamp • Baptist Press -He said, “I already know, Dad;” but I had my doubts about the confidence my oldest son exuded as he took the car keys from me. And as he put the car in drive and sped off entirely too fast, a lot of thoughts flowed through my mind:“I wish I was 15 years old again so I would already know everything… You may know everything, but I’ve got 25 years of experience on you… If the DMV signed off on you after only 20 minutes, they should be required to ride with you the next six months, not me!”It’s funny how things come full circle. It seems like just yesterday that I was giving the same instructions to my own father when I was 15. With an eye roll and a sigh of disgust, I would listen to instructions that I already knew, like checking my blind spot and not going backward when I wasn’t looking in that direction.
God Continues To Bless (pg. 4)
Editor – One of my favorite sayings is this: “We talk to Him like He’s God, we worship Him like He’s God and then we’re surprised when He acts like God — who’s He supposed to act like? If we could figure Him out, He wouldn’t be God!” Well, once again, that is proving to be true, especially where this ministry is concerned. Although our Special Emphasis is technically over, offerings are still coming in, and they are so greatly appreciated. This outpouring of support is amazing, especially since many of our churches were not even able to hold “in the building” services during most of our Emphasis. I can’t help but feel that, as churches return to a new normal, God is whispering in the ears of His children, “Don’t forget the Trumpet” — and His people are listening!
The Character Challenge (pg. 4)
David H. McKinley • Baptist Press -What makes a good father? In one word, I believe it is character. Nothing has contributed more to the destructive trends of social poverty, perpetual anxiety, sexual identity, personal insecurity, rage, rebellion, anger and even insanity than failed leadership in the home because of an absent or aloof father. In their book, Becoming a Leader of Character, Gen. James Anderson and his son, Dave said, “Most leadership failures are character failures.” This is certainly true in life, but it is especially true in the home and family. Dwight L. Moody defined character as “what you are in the dark.”
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
NLR Public Drinking Proposal; UN Agreement Rejected: Promotes Abortion; Vaccine Manufacturer Abandons Use of Fetal Cells
Holmes, Minister’s Widow, Dies (pg. 5)
Juanita Russell Holmes, 86 of Benton, passed away May 17in Wayne, Mich. after living there with her daughter for two months. She was the widow of Terry Allen Holmes, who pastored several BMA of Ark. churches, including Central at Trumann, Cottage Home in Jonesboro, Herman at Bono and his last pastorate, Grace (now Park Place) at Bryant. “She was a caregiver with a loving and kind heart, and was always caring for someone even at the expense of her own health,” said her daughter. Survivors include two children, Dolores Hamrick and Russell Holmes; 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held June 16 at 11 a.m. at Memphis Memory Gardens in Memphis, Tenn., with her son-in-law, Hugh Hamrick officiating.
Part 2 of 2: Change (pg. 5)
Dr. Rick Caracciolo -There can be discomfort or pain in change — the unknown, the new when we are undertaking and creating the desired change; the sense of loss over what’s been changed; and the new problems that the change could create.One trait of a change agent is their “risk resilience.” In his book Morph (p. 161; www.amazon.com/exec/obidos), Ron Martoia defines risk resilience as “the ability to look at risk and, without aversion to the pain of change, be able to say, ‘If this furthers the mission of the kingdom, then whatever it takes, we will do it.’”
Church Visitation: It Wasn’t Broke, So Why Did We Fix It? (pg. 5)
Jordan Tew -As soon as this pandemic is over and restrictions are lifted, I’m sure we will need to visit some of our church people and visitors who have perhaps “fallen through the cracks” during this trying time. Some of you may remember when churches would make a priority of visiting their members or prospective members. Every church has people in it who are sick, shut-in or have not been attending worship regularly. In days past, it was the norm for a group from the church to visit these people to check on them, pray with them and encourage them in their walk with the Lord.
Bleed the Same (pg. 5)
Valarie Fish – The chaos and turmoil in the streets have voices of reason calling out for some kind of solution. One day perhaps the shouting will evolve into a conversation. Eventually you will hear someone point out that no matter the color of our skin, we all bleed the same. The rhetoric is flawed. The blood in our veins may be the same color and composition, but we do not bleed the same. We do not flow the same anguish and we do not express forth the same emotions because every individual has a unique spirit inside of them. Your origin, heritage and upbringing and, yes, the color of your skin, all intertwine to form the intricate lifeblood of who you are.
He Blazed Trails for Higher Education (pg. 6)
Tom Mitchell – As I have pondered the many leaders of Missionary Baptist ministries during the past decades, numerous names came to mind. This week I was just thinking about Dr. D.N. Jackson. Doss Nathan Jackson was the youngest of 12 children. He was born in Balch (Jackson County), Ark. on July 14, 1895. I first met Dr. Jackson when I was 11 years old. What impressed me most was his amazing memory. He preached a five night revival at Central Baptist Church in Ashdown. Each night he would take his Bible to the pulpit, but he never opened it. He would quote his text — usually full chapters — and every additional scripture he used was quoted from memory. He was an amazing man with an amazing memory!
The Conflict In Lakeland (pg. 6)
The Late Dr. Ronald Mitchell -There are few people today still alive who were at the momentous meeting in Lakeland, Fla. in 1950. Many think that it was all a tempest in a teapot, but there were principles at stake that caused many hundreds to walk out of the Lakeland meeting to go home to form a new association. The dispute was more than two giants of the faith (Ben M. Bogard and D.N. Jackson) squaring off. It is not the purpose of this “Did You Know” column to hash out these events and principles. But one of the factors which eventuated into the split was the refusal of the associational body to allow letters of the churches who could not afford to send messengers so far away to be counted concerning who could represent a church as a messenger. When the letters were not allowed to be counted, some 500 plus met late to discuss what to do. T. Sharron Jackson, the son of D.N. Jackson described the moving scene:
Please Re-send Emails (pg. 7)
Paul White – I encountered some problems with my Comcast email account beginning last Monday, June 1. The problems have been corrected, but any emails sent during the down time are not retrievable. If you sent me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org between June 1 and June 9 at 9:30 a.m., please resend it and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. Thank you! Missionary Committee Meeting – Chairman David Inzer has called for a Missionary Committee meeting. It will be Tuesday, June 16 at 10 a.m. at South City Church (formerly Temple Baptist Church) Little Rock, which is located next door to the BMA of Arkansas Building. The church address is 10710 Interstate 30. We will voting to officially elect Johnny and Karen Shew as missionaries to the Flippin area. In order to have a quorum, we must have 15 churches represented, and I encourage each of our committeemen to make every effort to be present. This meeting means everything to those being considered.
He Is With You! (pg. 7)
Jeff Swart – Many years ago, David Livingstone, the famous missionary and explorer to the continent of Africa, was invited to the University of Glasgow, Scotland, to receive an honorary degree. It was not unusual for students, who had worked hard and spent a great deal of money to earn their academic degrees, to hiss and boo when an honorary degree was awarded. However, when Livingstone took his place on stage, the students were reverent. That day, they saw a veteran missionary with one of his arms hanging helplessly by his side because he had been mauled by a lion. They saw a man whose body had been ravaged again and again by jungle fever. They gazed upon a man who had buried his beloved wife, Mary who had died in the African jungle.
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 8)
Philippines – Stan & Donna Scroggins, Doug & Diane Lee, Danny & Rita Ballard