JOURNEY WITH JEFF: Are You Ready to Be Home? (pg. 1)*
Jeff Herring – I was blessed to be able to get away after the paper went out last week to spend some time with my family over spring break. We spent a lot of time driving in the car together, but also just enjoying some great activities and quality time with each other. . . We traveled over 1,200 miles and spent 20+ hours in the car. As I drove the final leg heading back home, we crossed the I-40 bridge and passed the Arkansas sign, and I had the thought, “I’m ready to be home!”
Virtual Women’s Conference (pg. 1)*
Heidi Sorrels – BMA ladies, you don’t want to miss “She Smiles,” a free, online event with Katy McCown on Tuesday, April 6 from 6:30–8 p.m. hosted by BMA Missions, Healthy Church Solutions and the Healthy Church Podcast. This event is for pastor’s wives, women in ministry and ladies of any age who need to be reminded that fear doesn’t have to have a hold on us!
Enouragement for Women (pg. 1)*
Linda Black – I encourage all ladies of the BMA to attend a district, state or national WMA meeting, even if you don’t have a local ladies WMA, because of the encouragement and fun you will have with other ladies of the BMA. You will get to know some wonderful women that have life experiences and valuable knowledge that needs to be shared will all, especially younger ladies who will learn and gain beneficial insight.
CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: Spring 2021 Commencement Announced (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – Central Baptist College is pleased to announce that our Spring 2021 Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 8. Due to the continuing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 global health pandemic, we will once again offer private ceremonies for each graduate.
STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Audio Learning Through Podcasts (pg. 2)*
Dan Carson – Over the past few years, podcasts have made a real impact in the area of continuing education for those of us in ministry. While there are plenty of podcasts out there that are simply fun stuff to listen to, there are a number of great podcasts being produced that can help you as you serve. I think of them as free continuing education. We are all looking for inexpensive ways to grow ourselves. If you have never listened to a podcast and are not really sure how to, it is much simpler than you may realize.
HEALTHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: The Confusing In-Between (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – As a leader, there have been a disproportionate number of losses and challenges over this last year. Your church is nowhere near where you believed it would be this time last year. Anxiety, uncertainty and confusion are real during this time of confusing in-between. You thought things were getting on the right track, then the rug was pulled out from under you. People who were faithful cannot be found and people you invested in are not coming back. The dreams you had of where your church would be by now haunt you with what might have been. The toll that it has taken on so many people’s lives weighs heavily on you.
JUST THINKING: How Long is Everlasting? (pg. 3)
Tom Mitchell — In my nearly 57 years of ministry, the one question that seemingly persists is, “Can a believer lose his salvation?” Of course, the answer is a resounding, “No!” Still, there is always the need to elaborate. I usually respond to the person by asking a series of questions:
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
From The States (pg. 5-9)
Keith Gordon Passes Away (pg. 8)
Gerald Keith Gordon, 74 of Pearl, Miss. passed away Feb. 18. He was ordained by Creston Hills Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss. and attended Southeastern Baptist College (1965-1970). He later earned his B.S. from William Carey University (1978), M. Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1981) and D. Min. also from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1986). He had been in the ministry for 56 years.
No Thumbs (pg. 9)
Barbara White – The other day I was remembering the dog food television commercial in which a little dog was excitedly saying “Bacon, bacon, bacon. I would get it myself, but I don’t have thumbs.” He knew, as we do, that to grasp something you need thumbs. Well, apparently, my brain doesn’t have thumbs because I just can’t grasp the reason for all that’s going on these days. Some of these baffling ideas are aimed at Mr. Potato Head, Dr. Seuss, no calling mother and father, and the list goes on and gets more ridiculous the further it goes.
STATE MISSIONS: Western Tour (pg. 11)
Paul White – I was privileged this Monday with the opportunity to visit with what I call our western division of missionaries. The first stop was in Flippin, where Johnny and I discussed a possible design for a future building. It was a very productive meeting. From there I joined Carter for lunch in Green Forrest, where we had a very good visit discussing past, present and future opportunities in that area.
Bunnies, Baskets, or the Beloved? (pg. 12)
Kerry Stitch – Crosses… we spot them everywhere. They adorn jewelry, t-shirts, car decals and stationery, but do we forget their true significance? This week the world will turn its attention to The Cross. Yes, for some it may be the chocolate version next to the Peeps in the candy section, or the yard art placed in the newly refreshed mulch for spring; but let’s not miss its most important message — Jesus’ sacrificial love gift to us!