Current News – 12-01-21

Why Not Sunday School (pg. 1)

Jordan M. Tew – For the last several decades, churches have changed their approach to Sunday School on a nearly constant basis. Some have even concluded that Sunday School is no longer relevant or needed in today’s world. In many churches, Sunday School was the first ministry cut when COVID arrived, and many of those classes remain vacant. Despite all of this, I would like to ask you to consider this question: Why not Sunday School?. . .

Rise of Gen Z’ers Identifying as LGBTQ (pg. 1)

John StonestreetEarlier this year, a Gallup poll announced that “one in six Gen Z-ers identify as LGBT.” That was a significantly higher number than ever reported in any previous years. Then, last month, a new survey released by Arizona Christian University reported that about 39% of 18-24-year-olds claim the label. . . . 

BMA of Puerto Rico Meets (pg. 1)

Alfredo L. Didier – The BMA of Puerto Rico (BMAPR) gathered on Nov. 13 for their annual meeting. The meeting was held at the Church Without Walls of Cayey, Puerto Rico. Visiting from the mainland were Larry Barker, Director of Church Planting for BMA of America and his wife, Shelby; and David Dickson, Latin America Coordinator and his wife, Shelley. . . .

Broken: World Missions Day 2022 – Feb. 27 (pg. 1)

We live in a broken world full of broken people. We know that. We see that. We say that. Jesus did, too. Matthew 9:36 (NKJV) says: “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” Jesus was moved with compassion for the broken. Missions happens when we are burdened for broken people. It was in our brokenness that Jesus found us, loved us and saved us. The story of missions is the story of people — missionaries — who are burdened for people. Burdened enough to go. Burdened enough to sacrifice their lives for the lives of others. . . .

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: Spring Registration (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – The spring and winter session registration period is now open for traditional students and PACE (adult & online) students. This period is for our currently registered students who will be returning in the spring semester. However, all new students can still apply for the spring semester for any degree track. To apply or connect with an Admissions Counselor, visit cbc.edu/apply or contact Admissions at admissions@cbc.edu or (501) 329-6873 with any questions. . . .

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

*STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Four Principles for Creating Family Ministry Opportunities  (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – It cannot be stated enough how important the family is to the spiritual growth of our students. In the olden days (I’m 49), there was an expectation that the church was responsible for the entirety of spiritual training for the children and students within the church. We have realized over the years that we were mistaken. . . .

HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: The Rise of the “Nones” Care (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – The religious climate has been changing for years and is quite alarming. Surveys have reported that, on any given Sunday, only 17% of the population is in church. Some believe that America has all the churches it needs, but the exact opposite is true.  . . .

JUST THINKING: Promises, Promises, Promises (pg. 3)

Dr. Tom Mitchell – Have you noticed that in this day and time people are making promises, but for some reason or another never intend to keep them? Those broken promises are then chalked up to being “little white lies.”  Someone once said, “Promises and pie crusts are made to be broken.” Another stated that “Some people make promises for the pleasure of breaking them.” I assure you that neither of these statements applies to our great God, who is the Promise Maker and is most certainly the Promise Keeper. . . .

JOURNEY WITH JEFF: New Rates Begin This Week (pg. 4)

Jeff Herring – The rate increase that was approved at the state meeting last month goes into effect with this issue. Here at the Trumpet, we have three sources of income — subscription rates, regular monthly offerings and yearly Special Emphasis offerings. We can only control one of those sources of income and that is why, along with the Publications Committee, we felt it was necessary to raise rates to lessen the deficit we are experiencing each week. . . .

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS: Gavin & Haley Roberts (Morgan, UT)(pg. 4)

The rate increase that was approved at the state meeting last month goes into effect with this issue. Here at the Trumpet, we have three sources of income — subscription rates, regular monthly offerings and yearly Special Emphasis offerings. We can only control one of those sources of income and that is why, along with the Publications Committee, we felt it was necessary to raise rates to lessen the deficit we are experiencing each week. . . .

FROM THE STATES (pg. 5)

STAND FIRM & EPIC: You Are Here (part 2) (pg. 6)

Jake McCandless – In Scripture, almost all the signs of the end times are immeasurable unto themselves. This doesn’t mean they’re irrelevant, it just means it’s hard to go by them solely to know our proximity to the end of the age. Although the majority are, to a degree, immeasurable, there are two signs in Scripture that can be measured with far more preciseness. . . .

All I Want for Christmas is You (To Avoid Holiday Scams)(pg. 6)

The holidays bring out the best in Arkansans, but there are some who try to take advantage of kind hearts by posing as charitable organizations to help Arkansans in need during the holiday season. Unfortunately, con artists will recycle tried-and-true scams and target unsuspecting consumers. . . .

STATE MISSIONS: Birthing a Church (pg. 7)

Paul White – Mustard Seed Mission will be organizing into Cain Baptist Church this Saturday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Jim and Becky Tollison have done a wonderful work in this area. I encourage any ordained staff in that area to come and support them on this very special day. Many years ago, Jim approached me at the national meeting in Jackson, Miss. and shared with me his desire and burden to begin a church in this area. What was only a vision then will soon become a reality. . . .

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.

A SIP FROM THE SAUCER: Follow The Science (part 3)(pg. 8)

Valarie Fish – Aren’t you glad this publication has an archive where you can go back and read Parts 1 and 2? (See the Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 issues) After you ask the question and form your hypothesis, the next step in the scientific process is to gather and analyze your data. Most often in the scientific realm, this is done by performing experiments.Applying the scientific method to spiritual things can be difficult because of the variables involved. For one, every soul is unique and with such a wide range of differences, it would seem impossible to duplicate any experiment and get the same result. . . .

Master’s Builders Report (pg. 8)

Nelda Malone – Eight Master’s Builders began an electrical job for Rosewood Baptist in Gilmer, Texas on Nov. 8. They ran 7,000 feet of wire in the new building that will house six classrooms and a fellowship hall. Thank you to Charles Johnson and the men from Rosewood who helped with this project. Also, thank you to the ones who helped feed our group while they were there. All went well and our part of the job was completed in two and a half days. . . .

Leave a Reply