Current News – 6/09/21

* CBC Hosts 2021 Scholarship Gala – $ 707,500 Raised (pg. 1)

Sancy Faulk – Central Baptist College hosted its second annual Scholarship Gala on June 5. The black-tie optional event featured keynote speaker, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brian Birdwell, and was held at the Conway Expo Center. The proceeds from the event benefitted student scholarships, and CBC President Terry Kimbrow announced $707,500.00 had been raised through event sponsorships and private donations.

*A Ministry Success (pg.1)

Hollie Merriweather – What began as a conversation at the Flying Burger in Magnolia became a ministry call for Jimmy and Julie Walker. In August of 2016 Stan and Donna Scroggins asked Jimmy about moving to the Philippines to serve at the BMA Bible College (BMABC). He had been on five short-term trips there, and agreed to pray about it. After six months of doing so, he still couldn’t get the Philippines off his mind.

*Arkansas’ 2020 Abortion Reports (pg.1)

Jerry Cox – On June 2, the Arkansas Department of Health released its 2020 reports regarding abortion. The reports show that overall, 3,154 abortions occurred in Arkansas last year. While that’s up slightly from 2018 and 2019, that’s still near historic lows. Here’s a brief rundown of what else the Health Department’s data revealed:

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: Board of Trustee Meeting Highlights (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – The CBC Board of Trustees met on Friday and Saturday, June 4-5. The three standing committees of the Board (Academic, Advancement and Finance) met on Friday evening to conduct business and hear recommendations from college administrators.

STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Never Give Up, Never Surrender! (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – On Dec.25, 1999, Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver starred in a quirky movie that showed the alumni cast of a space opera television series as they had to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needed their help. However, they also had to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord. Tim Allen’s character had a catch phrase that has stuck in my head over the years — “Never give up. Never surrender!” This past year and a half have been incredibly difficult for those of us in ministry. We have had to make decisions that we never thought we would have to make.

*HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Church Culture (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – On our Healthy Church Podcast, Drew Cline and I recently discussed church culture (see Episodes 50 & 51 at healthychurchpodcast.com). Every church develops an atmosphere and environment that is easily distinguished by those who attend and visit. Unfortunately, the regulars may have become unaware and even numb to the normal tone and rhythm of their congregation. It can be a very joyful and excited environment, or it may be more somber and serious. Is your church culture healthy and does it promote worship, spiritual growth and maturity?

JUST THINKING: Student Ministry Really Matters (pg. 3)

Tom Mitchell – I was just thinking about the blessings of having a ministry for students as one of the four entities of the BMA of Arkansas — the BMA Youth Department. Dan Carson is the director of this ministry, and it is easy to see that he truly has a heart for the spiritual well-being of the youth in our churches. This is an extremely important ministry, yet I fear that it goes unnoticed by many. There is also a misconception about children and youth — they are not the church of tomorrow; they are very much the church of today.

JOURNEY WITH JEFF: Special Emphasis Update (pg. 4)

Jeff Herring – Even though our official time of Special Emphasis is March & April, we have heard from many letting us know that they still had something to send, and donations are still coming in. We may not have met our goal (yet!), but many friends of this ministry are still faithful to send their support, along with an encouraging note. It is always exciting to get another offering and especially with a note that encourages us to “keep up the good work” you are doing. We know God has a plan for the future of this ministry. Please continue to pray for wisdom as we seek to make the best decisions for the future ministry of the Baptist Trumpet.

Steelman, Former BMAA Youth Director, Passes Away (pg. 4)

John Durwood Steelman, 78 of Bearden, passed away May 21. He worked in the field of education throughout his ministry, first serving as a teacher, principal and superintendent in the Waldo School District before accepting the position of ABS director at Southern State College (now Southern Ark. University) 1974-77. From 1977-1987, he served as National ABS director and as executive director of the BMAA National Youth Department.

Lusk, BMA Minister, Dies (pg. 4)

Billy Lewis “Jack” Lusk, 93 of Haskell, Texas passed away March 1. He served as a Baptist minister for 55 years, pastoring churches in Arizona and Texas. For 10 years, he worked for the City of Haskell, Texas, maintaining flowers around downtown and helping with other beautification projects. At the time of his death, Jack was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rule, Texas.

Robertsons Celebrate 70 Years of Marriage & Ministry (pg. 5)

Jim and Margie Robertson met in 1949 at Tulane University where Jim was studying on the GI Bill and Margie was working in the library. Margie was already a believer and Jim started attending Carrolton Presbyterian Church with her. She led him to the Lord in 1951, and they became engaged shortly thereafter. While they were still engaged, they saw the film, “To Every Creature,” which was published by Wycliffe Bible Translators and through that experience they felt the Lord’s call to go to the mission field.

Dicksons Celebrate 50 Years of Marriage and Ministry (pg. 5)

On May 21, long time BMAA missionaries, David and Shelley Dickson, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Their marriage has left a great legacy for their children, grandchildren and many others, but the main focus of their marriage has always been to point others to Christ.

Inzer Celebrates 50 Years of Ministry (pg. 5)

David Inzer was honored for his 50 years in the ministry on Sunday, May 30 at Landmark Baptist Church in England, where he serves as pastor. He surrendered to preach April 26, 1971 and also served as pastor of five other churches: Faustina, Hampton; Park Hill, Harmony Grove; Landmark, Hermitage; First, Gurdon and Harmony, Stuttgart.

SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS: Stan & Donaa Scrogins, Doug & Diane Lee  (pg. 6)

STATE MISSIONS: Normal is Nice (pg. 7)

Paul White – It is such a blessing to be able to get out and visit our churches and other various meetings. I have the grand opportunity to visit with many of our brothers and sisters.

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

Be A Player (pg. 7)

Jeff Swart – In the eighth season of the reality television show Survivor, the producers brought back previous winners and favorite characters for a Survivor All-Stars season. In one scene, Colby Donaldson and Shii-Ann Huang are lying inside their hut and Shii-Ann asked Colby: “Yesterday at tribal, when you were talking about flying under the radar, I’m like, ‘Is he talking about me?’” Colby then explained to Shii-Ann that there are two ways to play the game of Survivor. . . . In the church, there are people like Shii-Ann that fly under the radar and let other people make the decisions and do the difficult work while they sit back and criticize.

MORAL ACTION: Contact Your Leaders (pg. 8)

Dr. John AdamsAt the BMA of Mississippi meeting at Southeastern College, Laurel, Miss. on May 18, on behalf of Moral Action, I challenged the church messengers to telephone, write, text or visit your state and national leaders. A brief and kind message will do much for reminding political leaders of keeping God and His Son alive in our American culture and homes. The Far-Left ideology is using a so-called “cancel culture” to destroy Christian people who dissent their liberal views.

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