Current News – 05-19-21

* BMA Seminary’s 64th Commencement (pg. 1)

Dr. Philip Attebery – Twenty-six individuals received a degree from the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary of Jacksonville, Texas during commencement exercises conducted Saturday, May 15. The event occurred in the seminary’s Dorman Memorial Chapel.

*Attebery Announces Resignation (pg.1)

Charles Attebery has announced his resignation from the role of BMA Foundation executive director, effective Aug. 4. He assumed the role in 2014 after serving as Lifeword’s development officer for three years. In 1985, he was named vice president for institutional advancement at Central Baptist College then president of the college in 1990, where he remained until 2004.

*BMAA: It’s Time to Make Your Reservations (pg.1)

The 2021 session of the BMA of America will meet Aug. 2-4 at the Farley Street Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Texas. The church and hotels are looking forward to our meeting there. Please make your hotel reservations early. Call the local hotels directly to make your reservations. Local telephone numbers are included below.  You must identify that you are with the Baptist Missionary Association of America. Also, when making your reservations, be sure to let them know you want rooms in the block for the BMAA that begins on Aug. 1. Your stay does not have to include the night of Aug. 1, but that will make sure you get the BMA block rate.

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: Summer Sessions 2021 (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – CBC will offer online courses for two 5-week sessions and one 10-week session for Summer 2021. The registration and payment deadline for the 5-week Summer 1 session and 10-week Summer 3 sessions has already passed, but there is still time to register the 5-week Summer 2 session. The registration and payment deadline for the Summer 2 session is June 21, with classes beginning June 28 and ending July 29. Summer courses are available for both current and non-current CBC students. A schedule of courses, tuition and fees, and payment information can be found at

The Original Phillies (pg. 2)

Kerry Stitch – ESPN reports, a recent archaeological dig has unearthed a primitive baseball field near the town of Philippi, Macedonia, home of the original Phillies (insert eye roll). It’s quite apparent (reference Paul’s letter/Philippians) that many of the early church members had not made the roster. If they had, much of the instruction on the field never transferred to their Christian walk. Let’s face it, there will always be bad hops in life and your fourth-place hitter will rarely be “up” when the bases are loaded.

STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Funtime in the Summertime (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – Summertime is just days away. I know that many of you working with students may have already come up with your plans for the 10 weeks of summer that lie in front of you, but others of you may still be trying to figure out what to do. Over the past three weeks, we have covered the topic of summertime on our weekly podcast ( We discussed teaching during the summertime, selecting events (conferences, camps, mission trips, etc.) during the summertime and fun during the summer months. It is that last one that I want to address today.

*HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Now Is Not The Time to Quit (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – Pastor and blogger Carey Nieuwhof says that 29% of pastors want to quit. He states that they have given serious consideration to quitting full-time ministry in the last year. Thom Rainer reports, “Please hear me clearly. The vast majority of pastors with whom our team communicates are saying they are considering quitting their churches. It’s a trend I have not seen in my lifetime. Some are just weeks away from making an announcement.” Chuck Lawless adds, “Our pastors are in the middle of a battle that most believe they cannot win. Leading a church has always been difficult, just read the New Testament.”

A Career And A Calling (pg. 3)

Jeff Swart – In many of our churches, we do not hear much about a “calling” anymore. I would define a “calling” as “An inner impression that God is inviting me to serve Him in a deeper and more specific way.” Up until a handful of decades ago, Christians often spoke of God’s calling upon people’s lives. After World War II, people came to believe in the American dream which entitled everyone to a house, a car and two kids. Along with having children was the ideal of leaving them a better world than we inherited from our parents. There is nothing wrong with this if we keep things in their proper perspective but sadly, many did not.

JOURNEY WITH JEFF: What is Your Mission (pg. 4)

Jeff Herring – I am privileged to have the opportunity to volunteer with both the high school student ministry and the Galilean ministry at my church. Over the past few weeks, I have had multiple chances to share God’s Word and challenge our students to be faithful servants who will also “teach others” (II Tim. 2:2). Along with these opportunities have come the reminder from my pastor’s current sermon series in Philippians about how we can experience true joy by serving with each other in unity. As I have been praying about the future of the Baptist Trumpet, I am reminded that we all have a mission. Each of us has a purpose that we are to carry out each day in service for our Lord. For the Trumpet, our mission is to “inspire and inform our readers” about what is going on throughout the BMA so that they can know more about what is going on outside of their local church with the rest of the “BMA family” and also encourage them to live their lives as devoted followers of Jesus.

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Evidence Arkansas Was Right to Pass the SAFE Act; Baylor Provides Path For LGBTQ Campus Group; Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case On Late-Term Abortion Ban; Pastor Released From Jail Tells Americans to “Stand Up and Fight”

Her Call to Ministry (pg. 5)

Holly  Meriweather – “I want to go to the marginalized, the immoral, the un-evangelized and the spiritually dead” said Romanian Sara Filimon, who has wanted to be a missionary for as long as she can remember. Saved around the age of 13, God gave her a desire to tell people about Jesus, become a missionary and go abroad to share the gospel to the unreached.

From Mexico to America, From Romania then Back (pg. 5)

Holly  Meriweather – Romania may be the second poorest country in Europe, but it ranks high on the list of quality, affordable colleges in the world. With 20,000 students and 700 teaching staff, Transylvania University in Braşov is one of those highly ranked colleges. Through this Romanian college, God gave newly elected missionary Cristian Martinez and his wife, Vanessa a unique vision to plant and multiply churches in Eastern Europe and beyond. Their story is one that only God could have orchestrated.

ACLU Plans to Challenge Arkansas’ New Laws (pg. 6)

Jerry Cox – Last week the ACLU of Arkansas issued a report calling the state’s 2021 legislative session “a catastrophe for civil and human rights in Arkansas.” The report heavily criticized some of the good laws the Arkansas Legislature passed this year, including:

STATE MISSIONS: Praise the Lord! (pg. 7)

Paul White – Oak Grove in Jonesboro kicked off our Special Emphasis time with a wonderful offering for State Missions. Pastor Wyndell King and the wonderful folks there are truly missionary Baptist at heart. I am looking forward to being with Fairview of Blytheville next Sunday morning. If you have not set aside a time to hear about what God is doing in State Missions, please give me call. I currently have the following dates open: May 30, June 6 & 27, July 11 & 25. If these dates do not work into your schedule, I am available all year long. Contact me at (501) 859-3329 or email me at After all it is your ministry.

STATE MISSIONS: From Our Missionaries (pg. 7)

Connection Point, Brookland; The Mustard Seed, Cain; Misión Creciendo en Cristo, North Little Rock; Life Journey, Fort Smith; Ebenezer, West Little Rock; Faith Chapel, Flippin; The Table, Springdale

National Galilean Camp 2021 (pg. 8)

Galileans are set for National Camp, and the dates, June 25-28, are firm this year. We appreciate your understanding about last year’s camp and are so thankful for all who attended. Furthermore, all were safe and Covid free! We are looking forward to a more normal camp with fewer restrictions this year. I am praying more Galilean groups will be able to attend this year. This will be the fifth year to meet at StoneRidge Baptist Camp in Smithville.

Billy Graham Documentary Explores Evangelist’s Career, Political Involvement (pg. 8)

Billy Graham is the subject of a new documentary that premiered May 17 on PBS. The film chronicles the life, ministry and political involvement of one of the most influential figures in evangelical history. The two-hour documentary features footage of Graham throughout his life as well as interview clips from a variety of historians, theologians and others. Often referred to as “America’s pastor,” Graham is believed to have potentially preached the gospel message to more than 200 million people.

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