Current News – 06-30-21

*Chaplain Greshem Retires (pg. 1)

On July 1, U.S. Army Chaplain (Major) Tim Gresham (MDiv 2008) will retire after 23 years of federal military service representing the BMA of America. Chaplain Gresham served 10 years as an enlisted Marine and 13 years as an Army chaplain. He entered the Chaplain Corps in February 2008 to minister to the soldiers engaged in the war against terrorism. His first assignment was at Fort Hood, Texas, and he was deployed from there with his unit twice — once to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.

Satanic Temple Quietly Drops Lawsuit (pg.1)

( – In February, the Satanic Temple quietly dropped its lawsuit against Lamar Advertising over a set of pro-abortion billboards that the company rejected in Arkansas. In September of 2020, the Satanic Temple sued Lamar Advertising after the company rejected designs for pro-abortion billboards that the Satanic Temple wanted to place near pregnancy resource centers in Arkansas and Indiana. All of the proposed billboard designs claimed that the Satanic Temple’s “religious abortion ritual averts many state restrictions” on abortion. One billboard even claimed pregnancy complications are the sixth most common cause of death among women between the ages of 20 and 34 and concluded that “abortions save lives.”

*Summer 2021 Coordinating Council Meeting (pg.1)

Paul White – Scheduling meetings over the past 18 months or so has been difficult at best. While Zoom meeting stands as one alterative, there is nothing like meeting face-to-face. The Coordinating Council assembled Tuesday June 22 in Conway in the conference room of the BMA Global Ministry Center to hear reports from all the department and agency directors. Each report was both uplifting and encouraging and the BMAA is blessed to have men serving us in these areas who are dedicated and focused to fulfill the mandates set by the association.

*Children Growing Up in Two-Parent Families Increases (pg. 1)

(via  “The proportion of children under 18 living with two parents declined from 88% in 1960 to just over two-thirds in 2005” while “the proportion living with divorced, separated or never-married single parents tripled from 9% to 28%” over the same period, according to ISF. A reversal in this downward trend started in 2006, improving from 67.3% to 70.4% by 2020, the data indicates. In 2020, the number of children living with a single parent reportedly fell to 25.5%, marking a 25-year-low.

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: CBC Releases Names on President’s List and Dean’s List (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – It is a pleasure to release for publication the President’s and Dean’s Lists in recognition of student academic achievement.  The following lists are for the spring of 2021:

STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Student Ministry Matters Update (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – This week, I simply want to share some of the things that are going on in our ministry as we work to invest in those that are seeking to impact the next generation for Jesus Christ.

*HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Methods and Mechanics (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – The church went through a time (1970s-1990s) where there seemed to be a methodological mania. Everyone became an expert on how they could ensure that your church would grow. The focus, for some, became so heavily saturated in the mechanics necessary for the work of the Lord that the temptation was to miss the Lord of the work. It is interesting how the pendulum of extremes can swing even, in your church. Now, it appears there is such a fear of pragmatism and being too practical that we ignore the importance of good organization, systems and proper mechanics. The most important thing is your starting place.

Charles Sullivan, Music Minister, Passes Away (page 3)

Charles Allan Sullivan, Jr., 81 of Carthage, Texas, passed away June 23 after a lengthy illness.

*JUST THINKING: The Dick Clark of the BMAA Music Ministry (pg. 3)

Tom Mitchell – I was just thinking today of my friend, coworker and the man I called “pa-in-law.” Charles Allan Sullivan, Jr. was, to me, the “Dick Clark of BMAA Music Ministry.” We can definitely include him among the BMA Trailblazers.

JOURNEY WITH JEFF: 25 Years and Counting (page 4)

Jeff HerringI was privileged to be able to celebrate being married to my best friend and amazing helpmate for 25 years this past Monday (June 28). We were able to get away for a few hours and enjoy dinner together. I told her then that I got the better end of the deal because I got her, but all she got was me!

Trumpet Notes (page 4)

THE OKLAHOMA BAPTIST: Why Do You DO What You Do?  (pg. 5)

Norita Roady – Ralph and Ethel were taking a drive in their new car. As they rounded a corner, Ethel said, “I guess you know, Ralph, if it wasn’t for all the money Dad left me, chances are we would not have this fabulous new car.” Ralph continued driving, acting as if she hadn’t said a word. After a while they turned up their scenic drive and in front of their enormous new home. They sat in silence looking at their beautiful house, and Ethel spoke again. “I hope you realize, Ralph, that if my father hadn’t been such a wealthy man, I doubt we’d have this impressive new house.” Once more, Ralph gave no indication he heard her comment.

THE LOUISIANA BUILDER: Greetings from Tech (pg. 5)

Danny Eddy – The school year has ended for us, and summer school has already begun! Since our last article, we had our final IMPACT of the year with 17 in attendance, as well as our last Bible study and a Pancake Supper. That last night of Impact, as the Praise Team was warming up for the service, I thought how awesome it would be if they could do the same thing at our church for Graduate Day. They all agreed, and the following Sunday, we took our ABS IMPACT service to Franklin Street. It was great to take ABS back into the churches again and we had five extra students that went along with us.

THE MISSOURI MISSIONARY BAPTIST: 93rd Semi-Annual Meeting (pg. 6)

Don Burke – Finally feeling a little less pressure from the pandemic threats that prevented our semi-annual meeting of 2020, the BMA of Missouri once again met for the mid-year meeting on May 15 at New Testament Baptist Church in Sullivan.


Ben Kingston – What an amazing May it has been for the Kingston family and the state association! The Kingstons saw their youngest graduate high school and leave for an 11-week camp for the summer. We saw our oldest son be ordained to the ministry, then Dawn and I spent the last week on vacation because our February trip was upended due to my having COVID! We ended our trip by swinging through Little Rock. to visit my 80+ year-old mother! So, to say it has been a busy month would be an understatement, but it was a good month!

Brown Honored for 50 Years of Ministry (pg. 6)

Joe Brown was honored for his 50 years in the ministry on June 27 at Union Baptist Church at Bodcaw, where he has served as pastor for 32 years. He surrendered to preach in June 1971. Other churches he has pastored are: Pleasant Grove, Stamps; Calvary, Marvell; First Baptist, Gurdon; First, Taylor; and Calvary, Stamps.

Dr. Gregson, Educator, Minister and Author , Dies (pg. 6)

Dr. John William Gregson, 97 of Jacksonville, Texas, passed away on June 26. He was a United States Navy veteran who earned five service medals (American Area, Asiatic-Pacific area with one-star, North American Victory, Philippine Liberation, Good Conduct) and was honorably discharged in March 1946.  He made known his call to the gospel ministry at Bethel Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas on Aug. 7, 1949.

STATE MISSIONS: Dog Days of Summer (pg. 7)

Paul White – As we move ever further into the summer months, attendance begins to wane for most of our churches and mission works. Those of us who have experienced this over a long period of time have become more accustomed to the decline, but for those who are new to the ministry, it is almost overwhelming. Let me reassure you that somehow, during these faith-testing times, God continues to bless. Keep on keeping on and feed the sheep, for this, too, shall pass.

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

SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS: Michel & Ruth Poirer (pg. 7)

Québec — We thank the Lord for the opportunity to serve Him and to be your missionaries. Although we are looking forward to seeing you again sometime in the future, it won’t be this year because the border is closed and there are restrictions on people who are entering our country by air. The Lord has blessed us with visitors and two of our young people were saved following a morning service.

“Modest is Hottest” Turn Up the Wrong Burner (pg. 8)

Joshua Sharp – Controversy erupted when Matthew West, a musical artist performing at the 2021 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, performed a song called “Modest is Hottest.” West followed this performance by releasing a music video just a few days later.

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