*BMA of Ark. Guidelines and Information (pg. 1)
Duffy Guyton – We are looking forward to hosting the BMA of Arkansas’ 71st Annual Session on Nov. 5-6. We are grateful for BMA of Ark. President Tom Mitchell as he and the officers have provided great leadership and direction during this season… On Thursday at 6 p.m., the session will be in the Burgess Auditorium in the Cooper Complex. A COVID screening station will be located at the entrance at the double doors on the west side of the Cooper Complex. This will be the only entrance that will be open for meeting attendees. Adequate parking is provided near this location and will be appropriately identified… Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, all meetings and sessions will be in the Dining Hall in the Mabee Student Services Complex. A COVID screening station will be located in this building near the entrance on the west side of the building. All entrances for attendees will be clearly identified.
*Submit Your Associational Letters (pg. 8)
All churches desiring representation at the BMA of Arkansas annual meeting, Nov. 5-6, have three options to submit a letter of representation: In person: Drop the form off at the registration table prior to any session. By mail: Send completed forms to Randy Shepherd, Spring Lake Baptist Church, 4601 Texas Blvd., Texarkana, Tex. 75501. Online: Complete the online form letter at www.smbch.com/form/6940 or by using the QR code.
*Committee Recommends Herring (pg. 1)
Editor -I was pleased that Jeff Herring was confirmed at last week’s Publications Committee as their nominee to replace me as editor of the Baptist Trumpet. The full association will vote Nov. 5 at the state meeting on accepting their recommendation.The committee also voted to recommend a change in titles from editor/business manager to executive editor and assistant editor to associate editor, and that both positions be salaried instead of hourly.
*Two Babies Saved from Abortion (pg. 1)
Jerry Cox – Volunteers praying outside Planned Parenthood and Little Rock Family Planning Services report that two babies recently were saved from abortion. The first baby was on Tues., Oct. 13, at Little Rock Family Planning Services — Arkansas’ only surgical abortion facility. The baby’s mother left the facility and told the people praying outside that she simply couldn’t go through with the abortion. The second was on Fri., Oct. 16, when a young woman spoke with a volunteer praying at Planned Parenthood in Little Rock. The two ladies traded phone numbers. After a series of phone calls and text messages, the young woman decided to keep her baby. Needless to say, this is really great news.
*Three Ways to Reach Non-Religious People (pg. 1)
Ben Mandrell -How many spiritual explorers are dropping in on your church? We’re referring to those never-seen-before faces, who perhaps sit in the back row. They didn’t grow up around the Bible and didn’t carry one coming in. These kinds of seekers have no idea what Moses, Ruth or Elijah accomplished. And they’re likely to panic because they feel intimidated, embarrassed or even excluded when asked to turn to a particular passage in a Bible of which they have no knowledge. But data tells us most people without a religious background aren’t showing up in our churches. That is a problem.
CBC Board of Trustee Highlights (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – The CBC Board of Trustees met on Fri. and Sat., Oct. 16-17, with some meeting in person on the CBC campus, while adhering to social distancing guidelines, and others joining virtually. The three standing committees of the Board (Academic, Advancement and Finance) met on Friday evening to conduct business and hear recommendations from the Executive Leadership Team. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)
Lessons from Seminary (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – This past week, I had the opportunity to attend my first seminar toward my Doctor of Ministry. It was a week of being stretched and encouraged by the professors of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I met others who are on the same journey and came to the conclusion that I might just be able to pull this off. There are a few things that I learned this week:
Statewide Drug Take Back Day Scheduled (pg. 2)
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is encouraging Arkansans to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring any unused or expired medications to one of the state’s more than 250 Prescription Drug Take Back Day drop-off locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Building Biblical Community (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Our vision at Church Solutions/Activate is to strengthen existing churches and activating God’s churches God’s way. The focus for both is needed and there are many Biblical requirements for both. Whether you are the pastor of an existing church or you are in the midst of planting a new church, the journey must begin and continue on our faces before God. Do we really believe in the power of prayer? If you answered yes, then why are we not praying more?
It’s Not How You Start (pg. 3)
Jeff Swart – On April 13, 1954, opening day of the 1954 baseball season, the Cincinnati Reds hosted the Milwaukee Braves. Two rookies began their major league baseball careers that day. The star of the game was rookie Jim Greengrass of the Cincinnati Reds who hit four doubles in four at-bats. The news media immediately crowned Greengrass the next baseball superstar.
I Can’t Believe They Pulled It Off! (pg. 4)
Editor – When you’ve been the editor as long as I have, you become a bloodhound… always searching for the stories and the facts… which means people don’t often surprise you. However, that was surely not the case last Friday when I was totally blind-sided by a retirement party hosted by the Trumpet staff and Publications Committee at El Faro Church on Baseline Road. I should have caught the clues, which are all too obvious now, but I didn’t. I guess it’s time for this old dog to head to the kennel. The bottom line is that my family and friends (including one who traveled 12 hours round trip just to be there) blessed me beyond measure. I have never felt so loved and so unworthy at the same time.
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Boy Scouts Bankruptcy May Leave Churches Liable; Bible Reading Reimagined; Appeals Court Upholds Pro-life Law; 30 Bible Translation Projects Suspended; Swiss Missionary Executed After Four Years
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 5)
Michel & Ruth Poirier (Quebec/Cameroon/Africa); Sam & Sue Jordan (Jordan)
A Little COVID Creativity (pg. 5)
Allan Eakin – COVID-19 has affected the way many churches do ministry. Some have responded with frustration, while others have responded with creativity. Truthfully, COVID-19 has caused many of God’s people to get creative with ministry. Celebration Baptist Church (CBC) traditionally hosts a fall festival complete with games, inflatables, a cake- walk, hotdogs, popcorn, a bonfire and lots of candy during the Halloween season. The church can count on 250–350 people to attend. Due to COVID-19, CBC is choosing to go in a different direction. CDC guidelines caution against large gatherings like a fall festival. Some of Celebration’s usual volunteers are cautious about COVID-19, which limits volunteers. What to do?
America Is in Crisis: What Do We Do? (pg. 6)
Ronnie Floyd (Baptist Press) -The original goal of the secularization of America was to see religion become nonexistent in our nation. This has not happened. However, religion has been neutralized to such a point that it is often silenced. It is evident there are leaders at every level of government across American life who no longer believe or even categorize religion as essential. That is why we are seeing a decline in and even a resistance to religious and spiritual influence in America. I believe the world is witnessing this struggle of mindsets and worldviews in American life over the potential confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court.
Cole Retires After 58 Years of Ministry (pg. 6)
Rodger D. Cole is retiring from full-time pastoral ministry after 58. He surrendered to the ministry at the age of 16 at Russell Baptist Church, Russell. He has pastored churches in Arkansas and Texas, including Antioch Baptist Church at Carthage, Texas for 30 years. A retirement reception is planned for Nov. 1 at Antioch with singing beginning at 1:30 p.m. and the main reception beginning at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration.
It Is That Simple! (pg. 6)
Robert Jackson (Baptist Press via Baptist Courier)— Recently, while discussing the current civil unrest with a friend, I shared with her an account of a man in whose life I had the privilege of planting the seed of the gospel. The transformation in his life was quite remarkable. Here is his story:We will call my friend “John.” I met him in my medical office one Saturday morning. He suffered from anxiety and panic attacks after the loss of a business and a close friend by suicide. He shared with me, quite frankly, that he had been an outlaw all of his life.
State Missions (pg. 7)
Connection Point, Brookland: Chad White writes, “We had a good week at Connection Point. This past Wednesday, we started a new Men’s Bible Study. We had a good attendance and the strong presence of the Holy Spirit. I am really looking forward to how God is going to work in and through these men. “Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the Jonesboro Association. It was great to meet with friends and hear how the Lord is working even during these trying times. I am grateful for the men who devote their time and energy in making sure the Lord’s business is handled with efficiency and care.”
Don’t Fumble When Buying Tickets This Year (pg. 7)
If Arkansans want to take in a live football game at any of our great in-state institutions this fall, it is going to be a much different experience than it has been in years past. Due to the novel coronavirus, many precautions have been implemented in an effort to keep students, student athletes and fans safe when taking in the game. In addition to COVID-19, every year scammers often try to sell fake tickets to unsuspecting fans and Arkansans should be cautious when purchasing tickets from an unverified ticket broker. The stadium should be a safe haven for fans rather than for scammers.
Temptation is a Process (pg. 8)
Mike McEuen -We often think of temptation as a single act, but the Lord sees it as a process and James described that process… “Lust” refers to any kind of desire. The normal desires of life were given to us by the Lord, and they are not sinful. Unless we felt hunger and thirst, we would never eat or drink and we would die of starvation. If we did not feel tired, our bodies would never stop to rest and would eventually wear out. Sex is a normal desire. Besides its being a God-created pleasure, the human race could not continue without sex.
GMAs Meet (pg. 8)
Harmonie O’Neil -The Southwest District GMA met on Saturday, Oct. 17, at First Baptist Church at Emerson. Ana Wilson, Jr. Miss 2020, gave a devotional, taken from Jer. 29:11. Valarie Fish gave an object lesson entitled “You’re Worth It!” using pennies as the object; then she blessed us with a special song… Our project for 2020-21 will be the special needs school in Nicaragua — “Piece of Hope” — which is also our State GMA project for the year. The next district meeting will be on Jan. 23 at First Baptist Church at Taylor.