Current News – 08-18-21

Students Sending Students (pg. 1)

Angela Rice – At the 2021 SOAR conference, students were challenged to help send student missionaries to serve in the summer of 2022. The result of that challenge? SOAR attendees gave almost $7,000 for Volunteer Student Missions through the Darlene Carey VSM Scholarship Fund! I am so excited about students sending students to the mission field through this offering, which provides $500 scholarships to 13 students. I am thankful for those who felt led to give to this fund.

BMAA ANNUAL MESSAGE: The Gospel Must Advance (pg.1)

Luis Ortega – In his Overview on Ancient Christian Martyrdom, Dr. Philip Mitchell estimates that “as many as 2 million Christians died for their faith over the first 3 centuries of the Christian era.” “Christians today are indisputably the most persecuted religious body on the planet,” as per the American Journalist John Allen. Another scholar argues that “90% of all people killed on the basis of their religious beliefs are Christians.” “There have been over 70 million martyrs since the time of Christ, 45 million of them in the 20th century.” In other words, according to Dr. Jim Denison, “more Christians died for their faith in the 20th century than in the previous 19 centuries combined.”

EIM Want to Help Your Church (pg. 1)

Michael Goodwin – Evangelistic International Ministries (EIM) would like to make ourselves available to our BMAA churches. This past summer, God opened new doors for us since we were limited in doing overseas travel. For over 10 years, EIM teams have traveled overseas conducting Overseas Bible Schools. These are done much like Vacation Bible Schools (VBS) here in the States. God has laid it on our hearts to begin helping the local churches that may not have the manpower nor the finances to have a Vacation Bible School.

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: Still Time to Sign Up For CBC Day (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – It is not too late to participate and register for a CBC Day on Sunday, Sept. 12. To request bulletin inserts, informational bookmarks or multi-media graphics for both livestream and in-person services, please feel to contact Director of Church Relations Duffy Guyton at (501) 269-6784 or at

*STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Praying for Ouir Students: Back to School Edition  (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – It’s back to school week for most of Arkansas. If you have any question, just open up Facebook and you will be hit with all the “First Day of School” photos that moms and dads are posting. When my kids were in those K-12 years, I posted them myself. It was a way of dealing with the change. While that child had finished the previous grade just three months prior, it was never quite real that they were in junior high or high school until that first day of class. It was and is a time of new beginnings — new teachers, new friends, new clothes, new shoes, new backpacks and new school supplies. Like the first of the calendar year, the first of the school year marks a special time, especially for those of school age.

HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: The Role of the Pastor (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – Pastoring is a tremendous blessing and privilege. Paul said it well in I Tim. 3:1: “If anyone aspires to be an overseer, he desires a good work.” The opportunity to help and assist others on their spiritual journeys is invigorating, inspiring, exciting and also challenging. To me, there is nothing more rewarding than helping people to find and follow Jesus by living on mission with Jesus, being focused on making disciples who make disciples through our community of believers. My prayer is that we will never forget the high calling on our lives and what a joy it should be to serve Him in this capacity.

MORAL ACTION: The Inner Life of a Moral Person (pg. 3)

Dr. John Adams – The moral person’s inner life must be correct in order to respond to his accountability to God. The text shares the message of the Apostle Paul with the younger man Timothy.

Court Grants Request to Expedited College of the Ozarks Case (page 4)

Valorie Coleman – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing College of the Ozarks filed their opening brief on July 29 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in a lawsuit that seeks to halt a Biden administration directive that would force the private Christian college to open up its sex-specific dorms and showers to members of the opposite sex. The 8th Circuit granted ADF’s request to expedite the case after a lower court’s dismissal.

Welcome to the Team (pg. 5)

Holly Meriweather – Telling stories is what Yalanda Merrell is all about, and professionally she has done that — first as a reporter and anchor for KAIT in Jonesboro, then as a recruiter for University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Turns out that Yalanda is not only a talented broadcast journalist but a writer as well, and she loves to tell her own story because it’s a familiar one for many believers.

Cabe, BMA Minster, Dies (Pg.6)

Floyd Carson Cabe, 88 of Jonesboro, passed away Aug. 9. He was an ordained Baptist minister and a member of Prospect Baptist Church,

Texas Pastor Dies (pg. 6)

Merle Fulmer, 85 of Lubbock, Texas passed away Aug. 8. He surrendered to the ministry in 1960, and in his 50 plus years in the ministry, he served as pastor or associate pastor of churches in Texas and Oklahoma.

Thompson, BMA Pastor Dies (pg. 6)

Mina Olan Thompson, 86 of Maumelle (formerly of Cabot) passed away on Aug. 12. He served as a minister for more than 60 years. He pastored churches in Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas including:  Bethany in Beebe, Bethel in Cabot and New Home in Quitman.

SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS: Michael & Laura Beth Strong – Minneapolis (pg. 6)

I’m writing to the churches of the BMA with great news — the gospel of the kingdom of God is going out! The people of North Minneapolis are hearing it, and many are heeding what they hear.

STATE MISSIONS: The Most Wonderful Body Ever Made (pg. 7)

Paul White – I want us to consider the church which Christ began Himself. John tells us: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24). The greatest responsibility given to a Christian lies in the area of worship. If you can only do one thing for God, worshipping Him would be at the top. We do not come to buy or sell but, to worship.

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

2021-2022 BMA of America Officers and Committees (pg.7)

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