*From the States (pgs. 5-9)
*Final Update on the BMA of Arkansas Meeting (pg. 1)
Tom Mitchell – I am looking forward to the 71st Annual Session of the BMA of Arkansas which will convene on the campus of Central Baptist College, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 5-6.… There will be no meetings on Thursday, Nov. 5 in the morning. However the state WMA and the state Brotherhood will meet in the Mabee Center at 2 p.m. The Missionary Committee will meet in the Dr. Ron Mitchell Lecture Hall in the Watkins Building at the same time…. Lunch and dinner will be offered Thursday and breakfast and lunch will be offered Friday in the Dining Hall of the Mabee Student Services Center at very reasonable rates. (Note: For more information and menus, see 10/21 issue of the Baptist Trumpet or visit www.baptisttrumpet.com) The meeting on Thursday night and Friday morning will be livestreamed via the Baptist Trumpet Facebook page. Go to facebook.com/baptisttrumpet/live.
*Raines, Former CBC President, Dies(pg. 1)
James Ray Raines, 83 of North Little Rock passed away Oct. 22. He surrendered to the ministry on July 26, 1953 at the age of 15 at Farmville Baptist Church and faithfully served in ministry for over 67 years. He served as president of Central Baptist College from 1984-1990. Under his leadership the Harold E. Cooper Complex was constructed. He served in many positions in the BMA at the local, state and national levels, including 25 years as BMAA recording clerk before retiring from that position in 2019. Services were held Oct. 26 at North View Baptist Church in North Little Rock, and interment was at Crossroads Cemetery near Kingsland under the direction of Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce.
*Growing Pains (pg. 11)
Paul White – …Thanks to your faithful and systematic support of your state missions’ efforts we are happy to present Clinton Morris as a full-time missionary serving in the northwest portion of the state. Bro. Morris is a member of Temple Baptist Church in Jonesboro and recently served as interim pastor at the Valley View Baptist Church in Jonesboro. He has had several years of experience working with a mission in Trumann. You will have the opportunity to meet him and his wife, DeAnna at the upcoming state meeting in Conway.
*It Needs to Be Said (pg. 1)
Anders Lee – In March of 2020, the most drastic change came to America that I have seen in my lifetime. COVID-19 shut us down. We closed schools, doctor’s offices, barber shops, hair salons, restaurants, sporting events… the list could go on. After all of that, we also closed church doors and shut down youth groups. I never thought that would happen…. What’s my point? It’s simple. It needs to be said — it’s time for church leaders to push forward. Oh yeah, I already said that earlier in the article. Well every good point deserves to be repeated and, as some say, “Say it louder so those in the back hear it too!”
*Helping Students Navigate the Election Season (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – As we look at the final days of this presidential election, the anxiety level of our students continues to rise. It seems as though there has never been as great a division in our country, when it comes to belief and the direction that we need go, as we are facing now. As an adult, that makes me nervous. I can only imagine what it is like to be a teenager during these unusual and troubling times. Do we know what is going to happen on election day? No. Can we give our students and our own children confidence that it is going to be okay? Yes. God is in control. He has always been in control. As you speak with students and other believers in your lives, let me encourage you to share some things.
Next Stampede Preview Day on Nov. 11 (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – The next Stampede Preview Day event for prospective students and their guests will take place on the CBC campus on Nov. 11. Additional dates this academic year are Jan. 29 and Feb. 10. Due to the ongoing precautions related to COVID-19, space is limited, and registration is on a first come, first served basis. There will be a small group rotation throughout the day across campus to keep the proper distance and masks are required for the event. Visit cbc.edu/stampede to register for an upcoming date, or contact the CBC Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (501) 329-6873 if you have questions or need additional information. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)
Dealing with Difficult People (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – It can be argued that the two hardest things for a leader to do are to accept criticism and confront others. Criticism can crush you when you least expect it and confrontation is never easy. If you are looking for a fight, then there will eventually be one, but Christ will not be glorified. The gospel will be confrontational enough (I Cor. 1:23-24) and truth is not always well received, even though the Scriptures admonish us to speak the truth in love. The reality is that all of us will have to, at some point, confront someone and we need to be prepared. Dealing with difficult people is a part of church leadership.
Staying True to the Lord (pg. 3)
Jeff Swart – In his book The Finishing Touch, pastor, educator and author Charles Swindoll speaks of a day when a friend came by his study to speak truth into his life. The man said: “I don’t think you’ll fall morally or ethically. What does worry me is that you could be tempted to let your time with God and your time in your study of the Scriptures become less and less important to you. I want to urge you: Do not let that happen.” Chuck said that he took the words of his friend to heart and subsequently made the following five promises to himself…
The Bible and Debt (pg. 4)
Dr. Steve Crawley – Debt has become a normal part of our American economic system; perhaps too normal. As such, Christians may be prone to gravitate to a worldly view of its use versus a biblical view. While debt has been normalized in our society, it is not necessarily normal from a biblical perspective. There are many views and perspectives among Christians as to the use of debt. This article evaluates a few of the guiding principles of Scripture regarding the topic.
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
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The Gospel and Gender (pg. 10)
Stuart Estes – In a break from Catholic tradition and his predecessors, Pope Francis recently expressed support for same-sex civil unions. While that may not have much bearing on the Baptist community, it certainly does signal the increasing need for clarity on how evangelicals bridge the gap between the Gospel and those struggling with gender identity. This issue is a prevalent one on college campuses…
Plan of Salvation/Roman Road (pg. 10)
Casting Your Vote in 2020 (pg. 10)
Election Day 2020 is quickly approaching — a time when Arkansans have the opportunity to have their constitutional rights heard by making important decisions on candidates and issues being considered on the ballot. This year has brought forward challenges that have required additional precautions which will ensure all Arkansans are safe while executing their voting rights. Despite any concerns with the changes, it is important for Arkansans to know that the integrity of the election is preserved and that when a ballot is cast, it will be counted.
Boss Or Leader? (pg. 10)
A boss drives people — a leader coaches them. A boss depends upon authority — a leader, on goodwill. A boss says “I” — a leader, “We.” A boss fixes the blame for the breakdown — a leader fixes the breakdown. A boss knows how it is done — a leader shows how. A boss says, “Go!” — a leader, “Let’s go!”
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 11)
Michael and Laura Beth Strong, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Safety First – When it Rains Inside (pg. 12)
Imagine walking into your church or school on Monday morning, only to find water pouring from the ceiling and running down the walls. From plumbing connections to windows, roof penetrations to worn out shingles, water is looking for a way to invade. In just a few hours, running water can destroy thousands of square feet of your building. Fortunately, some routine maintenance and advanced planning can help save your ministry from having to deal with major water damage.
We Have Been Redeemed (pg. 12)
Mike McEuen – (Titus 2:14) We have been redeemed from bondage to sin. You cannot convince lost people that they are in bondage to sin because they think that they are free. That is part of the deceitfulness of sin. Sin promises freedom, but always brings slavery. Sin promises joy, but ultimately brings pain. Sin promises success, but ultimately brings failure. The prodigal son wanted to be free. He wanted to get away from his big brother and his father. He went away into a far country and he thought he was free, but he soon discovered that his freedom turned into bondage. He became a slave, serving a gentile master by caring for pigs.