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How Encouragement from the Field Leads to Multiplication

This past summer, I had the privilege of serving and representing Arkansas Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) to all of the campers at Camp Siloam. During one of the break times, I had been spending time among some of the pastors, youth leaders, and many volunteers and staff working at camp. Among this group was Pastor Todd Peebles, and his son Asa who had just graduated high school. Todd is the senior pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church (FSBC) of Independence, Kansas. 
December 11, 2023
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Rhythm of Prayer

Have you ever watched sci-fi or fantasy movies like ‘Lord of the Rings’ or ‘Star Wars’ and thought to yourself, “you know if they actually used their power right now this whole situation would become a lot less dire for them!”? They have power at their fingertips, and it seems as if using their power is an afterthought or a last option. Well, here is the thing, we do the same thing! All the time! God has promised us His power and the way for us to access it is through prayer, and yet prayer many times is our last option. Or, when we do pray, it is for things for ourselves. Things that do not align with the will of God. So how can we have better rhythms of prayer in our lives every day?
November 14, 2023
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The Power of Partnership

Partnership is at the heart of what we do as Arkansas Baptists. There is no greater evidence to that fact than what we experience each year in our Acts 1:8 “One Day” Missions Trip.  
October 17, 2023
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The harvest on our campuses

August and September are often associated with new beginnings. Fall is around the corner. Football kicks off. And a fresh school year...

October 9, 2023
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Necessity of Campus Ministry in Arkansas

As I prepare to retire from collegiate ministry and transition to being on church staff, I want to say that it has been a joy to serve within the ABSC (Arkansas Baptist State Convention) and alongside so many loving and giving churches. Having served with three different state conventions solely within the capacity of collegiate ministry for the past 33 years, I have learned a few things. Here are a few reminders and encouragements for churches when it comes to collegiate ministry.  
July 11, 2023
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BCM Students Mobilized to Share Gospel

In partnership with IMB missionaries  and Pastor  Nelson of Soma Community Church, the Pine Bluff Baptist Collegiate Ministry equipped and mobilized three recent graduates to go to Sao Paulo, Brazil for the purpose of encouraging Christians in Sao Paulo to “not grow weary of doing good (Gal. 6:9),” and to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, teaching them to obey and see people move from enemies of God to children of God (Ephesians 2:1-10). 
June 20, 2023
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My Calling

Part of the joy of working with college students is helping identify and disciple those feeling called to ministry! One of the best parts of my job is now seeing how our Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) graduates pour out their lives for the Gospel across the world. Below, I share how God called me and hope it can help others follow Jesus in the same way.     
May 25, 2023
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How Baptist Collegiate Ministry works

I will never forget September of 2005. Hurricane Katrina had just wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast. A few weeks later, during fall break, I joined a mission team to provide disaster relief through meals, mud-outs, and sharing the hope of the Gospel. I learned firsthand that Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) is the third-largest relief organization in the world. This understanding and experience gave me a greater appreciation for DR ministry and deepened my excitement for partnership opportunities. 
May 10, 2023
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Help Others See God

We live in a world where pain and loneliness lurk around every corner. Almost daily, I talk to people who long for hope and help. Life can be hard even for the most mature Christians. Think about how difficult it must be for others. Most people do not know the deep joy that comes from the love of God and his people. They often settle for heartbreaking substitutes (such as drugs) that make empty promises and leave people more desperate and broken than before.
May 3, 2023
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Preparing for graduation

Graduation is just around the corner! For university students, it will happen in a matter of weeks and for high school students, in about a month. Of course, there are minor details such as finals that have to be taken, but rarely do those keep students from achieving their dreams of graduating. After graduation, students experience a sense of freedom, but they also face the looming question of “What now?” 
April 18, 2023
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