Current News – 8-26-2020

*From the States (pgs. 5-8)

*Unprecedented Meeting for Lifeword Global Leaders (pg. 1)

Holly Meriweather -On Tuesday evening, Aug. 11, an incredible global meeting took place from locations and time zones around the world. An unprecedented gathering of Lifeword’s global team, it was more than just an opportunity to meet and greet, and it was a time of fellowship and praise. Logging on from five of the world’s continents (some at 1 a.m. and 3 a.m.), these media ministry leaders manage and produce gospel content in their heart languages and load it onto the Lifeword cloud. Director of Operations Luis Ortega introduced the participants, then let them say a few words about their ministries. All of them shared their appreciation for being able to see co-laborers for the first time. 

*SOS Welcomes New Students (pg. 1)

Terry Kimbrow – Forty Student Orientation Staff (SOS) members welcomed new students to the CBC campus beginning on Thursday, Aug. 13. New students moved into on campus housing throughout the next week during their assigned two-hour appointment time. CBC’s orientation week, MUD Week, which is an acronym for Mustangs Under Development, officially kicked off with dinner on Saturday, Aug. 15. Following dinner, new students were placed on one of four teams (Green Team, Orange Team, Red Team, Yellow Team), and they met their SOS leaders and other new students who would be their teammates for the week. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 3)

*BMA America Retirement Plan Announcement (pg. 1)

Dr. Steve Crawley -We are excited to announce that the week beginning Sept. 14, 2020, BMA America’s 403(b)(9) Retirement Plan will be transitioning to an enhanced investment menu. This decision was made in conjunction with the Ministers Resource Retirement Plan Oversight Committee and Envoy Financial, our retirement plan strategic partner. The expanded menu will accommodate the wide variety of investment objectives that we believe exists among our constituents, including more options from the exciting, and growing, marketplace of faith-based investment offerings. The menu change will conclude by Sept. 25, though possibly sooner. Please note that during this brief window of time (Sept. 14-25), you will be unable to engage in certain transactions in your account, such as taking distributions, reallocating investments, transfers, etc.

*How to Plan Your SYATP (Pg. 1)

This year’s See You at the Pole (SYATP) is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 a.m. at area schools. The Global Week of Student Prayer is Sept. 20-26. Having a pre-pole planning meeting is a great way to get everyone together to talk about what you will do during SYATP. Many groups sing worship songs, read Scripture and give testimonies while forming a large circle, then break into small groups of three to five students to pray. Remember—the focus of SYATP is to pray! No matter what you plan, commit the most time to prayer.

Audio Learning (pg. 3)

Dan Carson – In recent years, I have really taken to listening to podcasts. It has been a great way for me to consume good information without the need to stop and read. Dr. Thom Rainer of Church Answers labeled audio learning as a ministry “trend to watch” for the past couple of years. Whether you are listening to an audio book or a podcast, there is not a much better way to learn while driving, working out or mowing the lawn. In the way of podcasts, I listen to: Rainer on Leadership, Revitalize & Replant with Thom Rainer, The Preaching Lab, For the Church with Jared C. Wilson, BibleProject Podcast, Making Disciples with Robby Gallaty, and The Healthy Church Podcast.

Is the Grass Greener? (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – All of us are familiar with the thinking that the grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence or in another church. Years ago, I heard it said that it might be greener, but it is just as tough to mow. So the question must be asked: “Is the grass greener at another church or ministry?” Some have changed fields to find out they got out of the skillet and jumped into the fire. Looks can be deceiving, but we cannot deny the truth that the grass can be greener in another church or a different ministry. Should we stay or should we look for greener grass?

A Nation in Crisis (pg. 4)

Larry Page — Ours is a nation in crisis, and it is serious. I happen to believe it is approaching a critical stage, if it is not there already. In any event, none of us can afford to just ignore it and think things will get organically better on their own. You don’t need me to describe the times in detail. If you routinely receive facts from any objective news sources, you have seen the violence, rioting, looting, anarchy, strained race relations, attacks on the police, defiance of law and order, churches and faith groups being deprived of their religious liberties. You have also seen fractures to our culture caused by identity politics and groupthink foisted on a gullible public by unscrupulous leaders, a dishonest media and greedy hustlers, all of whom harbor agendas and aggressively propagate them. 

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

ACLU Asks Court to Rehear Ark. Case; Thousands Urge Netflix To Pull “Cuties” Film

Several District Meetings Cancelled/Postponed (pg. 4)

Editor – So far, we have been notified that four annual district meetings have been cancelled due to COVID-19 — Central, Clark, Judson and Mt. Calvary. Another district (North Arkansas) has been postponed, but a reschedule date has not been determined. When a meeting is canceled, we run the information with “canceled” in red before the listing in the Districts column that appears in each issue of the Trumpet. The following week, that entry is deleted. The same action is taken with a postponed meeting unless a new date is set. That way, the Districts column listing is correct in each issue, according to the information we have received.

Parmer, Former Ark. Minister, Dies (pg. 9)

Wexford Parmer, 78 of Tupelo, Miss., passed away Aug. 24. A native of Alabama, he was saved in 1950, surrendered to the ministry Jan. 28, 1962 and was ordained July 18, 1970 at Bethel Baptist Church in Lonedell, Mo. He pastored several churches in Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri. Arkansas pastorates included Rose City Immanuel (now Church at Willow Beach), North Little Rock. He also served in several associational offices. He attended MFA Training School in Columbia, Mo.; Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.; and University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He served for many years in management in the financial field and as a mortgage banker and underwriter. Funeral arrangements and other information were not available when the Trumpet went to press.

Spotlight on Missions (pg. 9)

Charlie Costa, Lebanon

VBS in a Bag (pg. 9)

“You couldn’t come to us, so we are coming to you!” VBS in a Bag kits were made and distributed to 100 children in Malvern/Hot Spring County by South Main Baptist Church in Malvern, July 14-17.  Each bag included three Bible lessons, coloring pages, pencil, crayons, crafts, toys for outside play and snacks!  These were well received and a joy to give.  “God will make a way!  Thank you to the ladies of South Main who made this outreach possible,” said Pastor Bart Herrington. (Martha Waite, reporter)

Guilt & Shame (pg. 10)

Valarie Fish – We tend to use the two words together — like salt & pepper or milk & cookies. Some things just go together, or at least we have been programmed to view them as a pairing — two peas in a pod. We rarely consider one without the other. A simple word study can demonstrate the similarities and differences. The state of being guilty causes one to feel shame, or at least it should.  Adam and Eve were the first to feel shame when they recognized they were naked. Several of the Hebrew words for shame are connected to nakedness or vulnerability, a sense of being uncovered or exposed, and all are indicative of a feeling and how you are seen by others. Shame causes one to want to hide. Shame says, “Make excuses.”

What is Normal? (pg. 10)

Jackie Ricks -Masks, social distancing, quarantine, masks, washing hands, lockdown, no cleaning products, masks, virtual school, eating too much, unavailable food supplies, lost jobs, masks, virtual church, no toilet paper! This spring and summer have been a new environment for most of us in the United States. We’ve seen things we never dreamed we’d see and we’re wondering when it will all get back to “normal.” However, we are not the only ones impacted by this worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few examples from around the world…

Follow up (pg. 11)

Paul White – Last week, I mentioned the Advisory Committee would be meeting with the missionaries. Well, it was a great meeting with 100% participation from all involved. It was encouraging to hear how each man is dealing positively during these difficult times. Your mission work here in Arkansas is alive and well. While all have lost opportunities to share and others have lost some momentum, the future is looking bright. Please keep them in your prayers.

Are We About There Yet? (pg. 12)

Jeff Swart – “Daddy, are we about there yet?” I couldn’t even begin to count how many times one of my three children asked me that question when our family was taking a trip. Sometimes one of my children would ask me that question before we even backed out of the driveway! But to be perfectly transparent, although we as adults might never vocalize that same sentiment — sometimes we are also focusing on our destination and not enjoying the ride.

Life is a Classroom (pg. 12)

When you think about it, life is a big classroom, and we are the students. God is the teacher. The class never ends, and the course is unlimited. How well we do depends on how well we listen, how much we learn and what we do with the knowledge we receive. Some people never learn — our prisons are full of them. They go through life disregarding the laws of our land, disrespecting their parents and living life on the edge. The consequences are self-evident. (Aug. 31, 2005 Baptist Trumpet)

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