Current News – 10-27-21

*Cross Cultural Considerations For Missionaries (pg. 1)

Dr. John David Smith – In cross-cultural missions, there are basic cultural issues that come into play. We affirm that the Bible is always authoritative over culture; however, in order to bear much fruit (John 15) and have more sheep (John 10), it is necessary to understand our own culture and the culture in which we will do ministry. Jesus walked into a very specific culture of religiosity with the Pharisees and the other religious sects in first-century Israel. At times, He used culture; at times, He challenged culture; and at all times, He understood culture . . .

*The Pasleys: Missionaries to France (pg. 1)

Sean Pasley was called into missionary service to a country in which less than 1% of the population (670,000 people) identifies as protestant evangelical Christians. Sounds a lot like North Korea, the most anti-Christian nation in the world, but it’s not. It’s the country of France . . .

*You Cannot Share the Gospel with the Wrong Person (pg.1)

Jeff Swart – Jewish physician Boris Kornfeld was found guilty of committing a political crime in Russia and was sentenced to serve out his punishment in a concentration camp for political prisoners in Siberia. His job in prison was to perform surgery on both prisoners as well as the guards. While there, Kornfeld met a Christian whose name is not known. However, this unknown Christian was often heard to pray the Lord’s Prayer aloud, which had a tremendous impact on the life of Dr. Kornfeld . . .

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: The CBC Leadership Scholar Program  (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – The mission of CBC is to transform lives through the integration of Christian faith and academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment. Part of the transformation students can experience at CBC is in leadership development. We believe Christian Higher Education is a great means to develop strong Christian leaders for all career fields and to ultimately fulfill the Great Commission. Students are challenged, engaged and inspired to embrace God’s will for their lives during their time at CBC and in the future. From classroom projects to student led discipleship groups. From the music stage or the athletic field, students are challenged to use their talents to lead others to serve God and His people. A practical way CBC is fostering Christian student leadership development is through the Leadership Scholar program . . .

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: CBC Sports Roundup (pg. 2)

*STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Continue the Learning Through Podcasts (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – If you have been following us for any length of time, you know that Student Ministry Matters is all about those in ministry continuing their education. While that can look like schools such as Central Baptist College or the BMA Theological Seminary, there is a need to continue the learning even after the degree work is done. One way I have really embraced over the last few years is podcasts. These are bite-sized seminars that allow me to think about a subject and perhaps learn something new . . .

HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Embracing God’s Gift of Limits (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – Are you a doer and a fixer by nature? While planting a church in the early 90s, I turned to my wife and said, “When did I become a workaholic?” I expected her to console me, as she so often did, and assure me that I was a hard worker but always kept things in balance. Instead, she said, “I’m trying to remember when you were not!” The reality is that many of us in ministry spend most of our time focusing on fixing things and solving problems. We spend much of our time putting out fires and reacting to the challenges that arise almost daily. We remain focused on manipulating our external realities . . .

*STAND FIRM: End Times Smokescreens (pg. 3)

Jake McCandless – Turn on the news and it’s easy to feel this world has gone crazy. Likely, every other conversation you have jumps to a hot button issue that’s impacting our lives. When we see these news headlines, it’s easy to jump to considering the end times, and it’s good if we do, but I want to offer a warning that often what we list as an end time sign or event is a smokescreen and we’re missing the true signs. Like any good illusionist who is deceiving the crowd to the reality of his/her magic trick, we’re often distracted from watching the true signs . . .

JOURNEY WITH JEFF: A Busy Season (pg. 4)

Jeff Herring – This past weekend brought the end to the time of year that is filled with visits to local associations across the state. I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet many people and report on the ministry of the Trumpet. With the disruption in usual activities caused by COVID last year, it was nice to be able to connect with the people of the BMA of Arkansas once again . . .

TRUMPET NOTES (pg. 4)

A SIP FROM THE SAUCER: Follow the Science (Part 1)

Valerie Fish – We have heard the phrase used quite often over the past several months — follow the science. But what does that even mean? The scientific method follows four major points, each with its own set of sub-points and procedures. When I google “scientific method,” I get articles with four steps, seven steps, 12 steps, etc. but the first step is always the same — ask a question . . .

SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS: Michael & Laura Beth Strong 0 Minneapolis

I am grateful and praise God for each of you. Your prayers and support have been a great encouragement throughout our time of transitioning to missionaries. God has been reminding us of His great care through you. Because of your prayers and support, we have been able to trust God as He carried us through considerable adversity and extreme challenges in the last couple of years. He is still growing our faith by showcasing His faithfulness in all kinds of areas and situations where we had fear and anxiety. The faithfulness of God is growing us and helping us take new steps in the work . . .

LOUISIANA BUILDER: Greetings from Tech

Danny Eddy – The Fall Quarter has begun, with its usual flurry of activity. At the time of the writing of this article, we are well into the first week, with activities planned at the ABS center for every night of the week, and classes beginning on Thursday . . .

OKLAHOMA BAPTIST: The Goose Story

The late Jesse Spurlock – As one man put it, “Some stories are too good not to pass on.” I’ve heard the Goose Story several times in the past, but I want to share it with you. I’m unable to give credit to the originator because the copy I have indicates “source unknown.” But whoever came up with it is to be commended. When you see geese heading south for the winter flying in V formation, consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way . . .

STATE MISSIONS: God Is Still In Control (pg. 7)

Paul White –  I am excited about our annual meeting coming up in a few days at Central Baptist College (Nov. 4-5). God is moving within the midst of the BMA despite COVID-19 and all the devil is throwing at the church and God’s people.  Not only are there exciting things happening in our state association, but in all the ministries of the BMA. Our time together is a wonderful opportunity to hear of these blessings and to strengthen each other through fellowship . . .

STATE MISSIONS: From Our Missionaries (pg. 7)

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.

Stroud, Former BMAA Missionary Dies (pg. 7)

Glen E. Stroud, 81 of Mesquite, Texas passed away Oct. 16. He was elected as a NABA (prior to being changed to BMAA) missionary to serve in Guatemala in 1964. He served there until health issues forced him to resign in 1975.

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