*From the States (pgs. 5-8)
*We are Still Waiting (pg. 1)
Rocky Goodwin – I have always heard the quote, “God’s timing is not our timing;” and I think we would all agree that those words have never been more true than they are today. With that in mind, I’d like to give you an update about current news in the Evangelistic International Ministries’ (EIM) Shepherd’s Bag Ministry. In late 2019, after completing 16,000 Shepherd’s Bags for the Philippines, we were diligently working hard to get all the red tape of our paperwork cleared to send the shipment there. As you all know, the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold across the Pacific before it did in America, so our shipment to the Philippines had to be delayed. We are still unable to ship at this time, but we are praying that God will soon open the door, in His timing.
*Arkansas To Intervene In Lawsuit Over Abortion Drug Safety (pg. 1)
Jerry Cox -On May 27, the ACLU and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over safety requirements for abortion drugs. In a nutshell, the lawsuit claims some of the FDA’s safety requirements regarding the use of abortion-inducing drugs (like RU-486) should be lifted during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The FDA is fighting back against the lawsuit — and Arkansas, along with nine other states, has asked to help defend the safety requirements against the ACLU’s legal challenge.
*Ways For Ministries to Approach This Unique Summer (pg. 1)
Shane Pruitt • Baptist Press -The summer months are now here for next generation ministries, but it’s a summer that looks and feels completely different than any other. In fact, I’ve heard many refer to this summer as an “eventless summer,” meaning that many churches have canceled summer camps, Vacation Bible Schools and collegiate/student mission trips.I want to encourage us, however, to look at this summer with optimism, because I believe we have an awesome opportunity to rethink the summer strategy and not simply focus on how different our summer schedules are. How we navigate these three calendar months can provide an opportunity to shape our ministries for years if not decades to come.Here are seven ways for next generation ministries to approach this unique season in a way that could make this the most effective summer your ministry has ever experienced…
*July 4th and the American Spirit (pg. 1)
Glenn Mollette -The Fourth of July will be here soon, and all Americans will (hopefully) embrace the day without fear and with total liberation and the American spirit. Sunday night, June 23, 2019, brother and sister Nik and Lijana Wallenda — in crazy, outlandish, courage, extreme athleticism and faith — loudly proclaimed the American spirit by pursuing life and overcoming fear. Walking a high wire 25 stories above Times Square, New York (for 1,300 ft.) they talked, sang, praised Jesus and made the palms of millions of Americans who were frozen to their televisions sweat. They did what I would never even consider.
*Spring 2020 President’s List and Dean’s List (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – It is a pleasure to release for publication the President’s and Dean’s Lists in recognition of student academic achievement. The following lists are for the spring of 2020. To qualify for the President’s List, a student must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 semester hours and have earned a grade point average of 4.000 out of a possible 4.000. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 semester hours and have earned a grade point average of 3.500 or higher out of a possible 4.000. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)
*Rebuilding Our Student Ministries (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – The last several months have been hard on all of us. It has been difficult to be physically separated from loved ones and to be alone rather than together for health reasons. As I have mentioned in the past, this has been difficult on those of us in ministry. Even if you are an introvert like myself, you love people because they are the mission that God has given you. For those of us in student ministry, it has been an especially hard time. While students are always ready to “go digital,” they have even grown tired of screens and learning through their computer or television. It just reminds me that God made us for community.
Leading Through Difficult Days (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – A couple of months ago, we thought the hardest part of leading was deciding whether we should worship in our buildings or not. For some, the reality now is that the harder decision is how to begin having services again. The lines of demarcation have deepened, and it seems that grace is no longer as much a value as it was then. With COVID-19, racial tension and a volatile economy, the attacks are intensifying, not diminishing. The opposing sides only appear to shout at one another and increase the distance between them with no solution in mind. What does biblical leadership look like during these difficult days? Are you striving to lead like Christ and listening to Him through His Word as He admonishes and encourages you?
Help Me — I Need a Retirement Plan! (pg. 3)
Dr. Steve Crawley -“No one plans to fail, but many fail to plan” is a simple old adage laced with profound truth. Since assuming the role of executive director at Ministers Resource Services (MRS) two years ago, I’ve held countless conversations with ministers regarding their financial future. A primary culprit of those facing financial despair often comes back to a lack of planning. Understandably, the focus of most ministers is not on their financial futures but on their present ministry. I’m inspired by those who forsake the things of this world to answer God’s call on their lives — men who serve faithfully with zeal, passion and a laser-like focus to fulfill the mission of God in the “here and now.”
Guest Editorial: Three Problems With The Supreme Court Ruling (pg. 4)
Jerry Cox -On June 15, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal law prohibiting employment discrimination based on sex in Title VII of the federal 1964 Civil Rights Act also prohibits discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” In a nutshell, the court reached this conclusion by redefining the word “sex” to mean “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in addition to biological sex. Many news outlets and organizations have oversimplified this ruling by claiming it simply says a person cannot be fired for being gay. In reality, this ruling could be much bigger than that. There are three problems with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in this case…
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Court Rules Against DACA Revocation; Tenn. Bans Abortions After Baby’s Heartbeat Begins; Church Banned From Using its Own Property; Concerned Parents Claim Unanimous Win
4th of July: Past, Present & Future (pg. 8)
Steve Playl • Baptist Press -Picnics in the park, cookouts with families, visits to historic places, yardwork, parades down Main Street, extravagant pyrotechnic displays!These are as American as baseball, hot dogs and apple pie and are appropriate ways to celebrate Independence Day. But while celebrating the Fourth and enjoying our present freedoms, may I suggest that we take a look back, then let’s look to the future.
Fair Play for Arkansas Needs Your Help (pg. 9)
Larry Page – In the June 10 issue of the Baptist Trumpet (pg. 3), I alerted you to the effort by a Pope County grass roots group Fair Play for Arkansas (FPA) to qualify a proposed constitutional amendment for the November general election ballot. If FPA’s initiative is approved by state voters, Pope County would no longer be a designated site for a casino as mandated by Amendment 100 passed by voters in 2018. The statewide signature-gathering on petitions necessary to certify FPA’s initiative for the ballot was well underway until a federal circuit court dealt them a serious setback yesterday. From this point on, I will let the FPA spokesman explain. His comments are:
National Galilean Camp 2020 (pg. 9)
Kenneth Colvert – The National Galileans are so thankful that we will be able to meet June 29-July 2 at StoneRidge Baptist Camp in Smithville, Ark. Barring a last minute emergency, this camp that almost didn’t get to happen will become a reality! Never before have the leaders tried to put a camp together under such difficult and trying circumstances, but God can make a way where there is no way. Registration will begin at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 29. The Recognition and Award service will take place Wednesday evening. Because of COVID-19 safeguards, visitors will be permitted to this service by personal invitation only, a marked change from previous years. Camp will be dismissed around 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Hail Damage (pg. 10)
Safety First – Brotherhood Mutual – Every region of the U.S. is vulnerable to costly hail damage. Only Alaska and Hawaii did not report a large hail event in both 2018 and 2019. “It can be so devastating so quickly,” said Del Rae McCullough, ministry insurance specialist with American Church Group of Kansas. “It makes me nervous and anxious to know my customers may be in the midst of a hail event. It’s just nothing that we can control.” When hail strikes, immediately contact your insurance company to survey the damage, from the roof to the ground. What may seem like minor damage at first can develop into major problems later. The damage report you receive may include the terms “cosmetic damage” and “structural damage.” What’s the difference and what does it mean to the overall integrity of your ministry buildings?
He’s All I Need (pg. 10)
Jeff Swart – Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., once told of preaching a revival meeting where they had both morning and evening worship services. In the morning worship services attendees were afforded the opportunity to publicly testify about how God had blessed their lives. One after another would stand to tell those in attendance what the Lord meant to them. Dr. Bob stated that he noticed an elderly man sitting at the back of the auditorium who kept trying to get to his feet but before he could, someone else would be on their feet testifying. Finally, the elderly man made it to his feet, cleared his throat, and said: “Dr. Bob, I am an old man. My children are all grown and married. My wife is already with the Lord. I am unable to work; about everything that I have is gone. The only thing I have left is Jesus.” Then the man sat down. Several other people stood and testified and then the elderly man made it to his feet a second time and said, “Dr. Bob, come to think about it, that’s (referring to Jesus) about all I need!”
He Paid the Price (pg. 10)
Mike McEuen -(I Tim. 1:12-13). Paul pointed out to Timothy how the Lord had “enabled” him to do his ministry for the Lord. Paul was “a blasphemer” because he denied the deity of Jesus Christ and forced others to deny it. He was “a persecutor” who used physical power to try to destroy the early church and believers. Paul was “injurious,” a word that means “proud and insolent.” Our modern word “bully” fits this description.
A New Missionary Elected (pg. 11)
Paul White (Isa. 6:8) – Working in the ministry is swiftly becoming a major challenge as the persecution of the church is growing day by day. Yet in these difficult times God reveals His great plan for reaching the lost by having men and women who love Him and still say “yes” to His calling. Last Tuesday, the Missionary Committee elected Johnny Shew and his wife, Karen to serve as our missionaries to the Flippin community. This gives us a total of eight missionaries presently on the field.
Disrespecting Authority (pg. 12)
The Late Travis Plumlee – Disrespect is dishonoring and violates Eph. 6:2, but there are a few parents who still discipline their children if they are disrespectful. Most parents in our society today allow their children to trample over them. The kids, verbally or in action, go against the family’s morals, the parents’ rules and basically do whatever they want. The parents are exhausted and stressed out, and would rather let the child do whatever he wants to do, rather than expend the energy and effort it would require to discipline the child. Other parents have such a profoundly low self-esteem that it almost borders on mental illness. As a result, these parents must have their children “like them” or they can’t handle it. So the kids do whatever they want, while the parents mistakenly think their child likes them for all they do for them. What a sad life they have ahead of them!
Church, No; Casino, Yes (pg. 12)
A Nevada church is challenging Gov. Steve Sisolak’s church gathering ban that allows casinos, restaurants, theme parks and gyms to operate at 50% capacity but restricts churches to gatherings of 50 or fewer people. On behalf of Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is appealing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit Court. On June 4, ADF filed a supplemental brief with the court that included video footage of a recently reopened, crowded casino floor where the majority of patrons pictured are not wearing masks or practicing social distancing. Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley wishes to resume in-person worship services that would amount to less than 50% of its building’s capacity, or 90 people, and has developed comprehensive social distancing and health and safety protocols to govern those services. It has not been able to proceed with its plans because the governor’s church gathering ban means the church would face criminal and civil penalties. (www.adfmedia.org/home/contact)