Current News – 07-21-21

*BMA Missionary Passes Away (pg. 1)

Jeff Herring – We received word this morning that BMAA Missionary Don Newsom passed away. He served faithfully in the Philippines for over 42 years, making him one of the longest serving active BMAA missionaries. At the time of his passing, he was 82 years old, meaning he served over half of his life on the mission field. Before going to the mission field in August 1978, he pastored churches in Arkansas, Florida and Missouri.

*Tailgate Talks (pg.1)

Holly Meriweather – Blake Martin has a story to tell, and he does it from the tailgate of his pickup. It just makes sense to talk about Jesus in the environment where he is most comfortable — the family farm. His videos are called Tailgate Talks, and each one comes from his heart about what God shows him about everyday life, particularly country life.

*Arkansas County Passes Pro-Life Resolution (pg.1)

Micaiah Bilger – An Arkansas county approved a pro-life resolution July 15 to encourage mothers to choose life for their unborn babies. ABC 40 29 KHBS reports the Washington County Quorum Court voted 10-4 to make their county the first in Arkansas to declare itself a “Pro-life County.”

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: CBC Faculty Changes (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – Central Baptist College is pleased to announce the addition of two new faculty members for the 2021-2022 academic year — Autumn “Danielle” Hodges and Rachel Scott. Additionally, Blake Duffield and Jeff Riddle have both recently received promotions.

STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Lessons from Chris Swain (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – On July 15, Chris Swain went to meet Jesus. This past Monday, I watched with others online as Pastor Robby Gallaty and Long Hollow Baptist Church of Hendersonville, Tenn. celebrated his life. Chris served in a variety of roles at Long Hollow as well as being the CEO of Replicate Ministries, an approach to discipleship developed by Gallaty. He had served as a student pastor, among other things, which prompted me to invite him to be our speaker at the 2020 Student Ministry Workers Retreat.

HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Student Ministry Does Matter (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – While serving as a youth pastor, there were five big decisions I continually reminded our students that they would be facing over the next 5-10 years in their lives: Would they continue to follow Jesus and serve Him? Where would they go to college or would they attend college? What profession would they pursue? Who would they marry or would they decide to not get married? Where would they live and decide to settle down? This stressed the importance of their relationship and walk with Jesus. Not only did they need to know God’s Word, but this requires knowing His will and direction for their lives.

A SIP FROM THE SAUCER: That’ll Leave a Mark (pg. 3)

Valarie Fish – A bookmark shows where you left off reading. A folded down page in a catalog shows where you marked something you want to come back to and look at again. Paperclips, sticky notes or tabs mark a thing somehow significant to the one leaving the mark. My Bible has all kinds of notes written in the margins and verses underlined or marked with colored pencil. Every time I come across one of those marked passages, I stop to recall the reason for the marking.

JOURNEY WITH JEFF: National Meeting (page 4)

Jeff HerringAllan and I are excited for the chance to attend the national meeting in Waxahachie in a few weeks. It will be the first time since we will really have the chance to meet many of our people and make connections. We will have a table in the exhibit hall area and would love for you to stop by and visit. We are also excited to announce some things we are going to begin promoting at the meeting:

Trumpet Notes (page 4)

*TALES FROM THE POTTER’S WHEEL: Accepting the Invitation  (pg. 5)

The fifth Safe Haven Baby Box in Arkansas — and 75th in the nation — went live on July 7 at Conway’s Central Fire Station #1, 1401 Caldwell St. The Safe Haven Baby Box is a device that allows parents to surrender their newborn infants that are less than 30 days old anonymously and safely near fire stations or other first responder stations. In addition to Arkansas, Safe Haven Baby Boxes are located in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Florida and Arizona.

Fulton vs. Philadelphia (pg. 6)

On June 17, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of a religious social service agency’s ability to adhere to its sincerely held religious beliefs. In Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the Supreme Court held that a city may not refuse to contract with a faith-based agency if the agency refuses to certify same-sex couples as foster parents.

STATE MISSIONS: Special Called Missionary Committee Meeting (pg. 7)

Paul White – David Inzer, chairman of the State Association Missionary Committee, through a request of the executive director, has set Aug. 10 as the date, 10 a.m. as the time and Chenal Valley Baptist Church in Little Rock as the place for a called meeting. I encourage each of you to please make an effort to attend this very important meeting.

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

*Arkansas Galilean Wilderness Adventures (pg. 8)

Dan Williams It is almost time for Our Arkansas Galilean Summer Camp which will be held at Ponca Bible Camp in the beautiful Upper Buffalo River Wilderness area. The dates for this year’s camp are July 30-Aug. 1. Please email or text the approximate number you will be bringing to or (501) 336-4586. Pre-registration is not required, but it will be helpful if you download a registration form from and fill it out prior to coming to camp. A medical/photo release form, which can be downloaded from will need to be turned in for each camper when you register at camp.

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