A Goodbye To SBC Today

August 18, 2016

Jonathan Carter | Pastor
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Monticello, KY

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To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)

I have had many seasons in my 34 years of life.  Let me share with you some of the seasons that I have endured.  Maybe they can encourage, help, or inspire someone who reads this today.

I can remember back to 1996 when my father sat our family down and shared with us that he had cancer.  I remember the next three years as he did his best to stay strong for the family as he had numerous treatments and surgeries in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas.  This was a tumultuous season for me as a 14-year-old boy.  Two weeks before my High School graduation I remember sitting in Mr. McDaniel’s Trigonometry class and hearing my name called over the class intercom for me to come to the office.  I knew in my heart what it was.  April 21st, 1999—my father was healed of his cancer.  I am thankful for the 17 years that I had with my father, but I wish that season would have lasted longer.

If you press fast-forward on my life just three more years a new season began.  I met the love of my life.  A pastor’s daughter who could sing, was beautiful inside and out, and she was in love with Jesus.  Being young, foolish, and in love—we eloped.  Throughout our early years of marriage there were tensions because of our decision to elope, and my lack of knowing how to be a husband.  We made it through by the grace of God.  But this season turned dark.  My wife miscarried our first pregnancy.  I had no idea how to help her through it, or how to even react myself.  Again there were tensions in our marriage.  Again by the grace of God we made it through.  We made it through four more miscarriages before this season was over—but praise God, that season is complete.

The next season was a whirlwind.  We were pregnant again, and this time we told no one; then our physician told us that everything was as it should be.  Nine months later we welcomed our first child—and named him after my father.  Soon after that God was still at work in me and my wife and we felt God calling us to the middle of nowhere Kentucky to complete a ministry degree.  So off to Clear Creek Baptist Bible College we went—on faith.  This season was much better than the last couple of seasons.  It was during this season that I read, signed, and endorsed the Traditional Statement.  Little did I know that God was putting things in place.

After graduating from Clear Creek  I was called to my first pastorate (which I am still currently serving).  It was during this time that I was approached about becoming the editor for SBC Today.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  This season was quickly filling up.  We welcomed two more sons into our family and I graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. This season has taught me so much. The two greatest lessons are:

-Being a pastor is hard work.  There is no class that is available—anywhere—that will prepare you to be a pastor.  I love my church and the congregation that God has for me here. Though it is very hard, it is also very rewarding.  Seeing people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus, and to hear them call out to Him is wonderful.

-Being an editor is hard work.  It takes a lot of time, effort, patience, and of course—work.   Though it is very hard, it is also very rewarding.  Seeing the emails and comments from those who have benefited from an article is truly a God thing–and I am glad that I played a part.

Since August 2014 I have had the honor and privilege to serve as the Editor for SBC Today.  In these two years I have been able to meet many of my heroes in the faith such as: Dr. Steve Gaines, Dr. Paige Patterson, Dr. Jerry Vines, Dr. Adam Harwood, Dr. David Allen, Dr. Malcolm Yarnell, Dr. Norm Geisler, Dr. Steve Lemke, Dr. Chuck Kelly, Dr. Matt Queen, and many others.

With much prayer, counsel, and consideration—I believe that it is time for me to step away as editor of SBC Today.  This season is coming to a close.  It was a very tough decision, and one that I did not make lightly.  I will finish out my time as editor through August 31st.

I want to take this time to thank Connect 316 and all of the board for their confidence in me to fill such a role.  I want to thank the many writers and contributors of SBC Today—you are all amazing.  I also want to thank all of those who take time to engage in the blog’s comment stream.  Whether you are a Calvinist, non-Calvinist, or whatever label you take, thank you for your contributions and comments.  To all other faithful readers—thank you.

The newest season of my life has begun and I am excited to see what God has. While my family was in St. Louis for the SBC my wife informed me that God has a sense of humor—and that we are expecting our fourth child!  I plan on pursuing a doctorate and I plan on staying right where God has me planted at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.  It’s an exciting season and I am going to use this season to focus on becoming a better husband, father, pastor, preacher, and soul-winner.

I am thankful for my time as editor, the many lessons that I have learned, and people that I have met.  More importantly I am thankful for the seasons that God has placed in my life even though sometimes they are hard to go through.  May God continue to bless you and keep you.

 

A Whosoever Will,

 

Jonathan Carter

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Phillip C. Senn

Bro. Jonathan, You have done well. Continue to live strong, love strong, and STAND strong.

Braxton Hunter

I have been incredibly blessed by your work here. Thank you my friend.

Stephen Ammons

Sir, thank you. Thankyou for the hard work and the heart that desires people to have a personal relationship with Christ. Thank you for following God in you decision-making. May He continue to bless you.

Malcolm Yarnell

My brother, it is so good to see what God’s grace has done and is doing in your life. Thank you for your hard work and your wonderful witness.

Adam Harwood

Thanks for your faithful work behind the scenes to serve the Lord and His people through SBC Today. May God continue to bless your family and ministry.

doug sayers

Thanks Jonathan. The LORD knows just how much time you’ve given to the blog. We are grateful.

Looking for that Blessed Hope….

Rick Patrick

Jonathan,
Heartfelt thanks for your tremendous service to the Lord and to all readers of SBC Today. Few people are fully able to appreciate all that is required of the Editor of a daily news blog such as this one. You have been an exemplary editor, serving with great wisdom, commitment and diligence. May God reward you for all your labors. May He continue to bless your ministry and your family in every way.

Steve Davidson

Really appreciate your time and energy. May the Lord bless your family and may many come to Christ through your labor.
(Looking forward to hearing about the next season!)

Denice Yeagin

Bro. Jonathan,

A heartfelt thank you for all your hard work and service to the Lord as Editor of SBC Today. I have been truly blessed by your work! May God bless and keep you and your family and be with you in your continued service!

David R. Brumbelow

Jonathan,
Thanks for all your hard work.

And, thanks to all you guys at SBC Today and Connect316. I really appreciate the work you do.

David R. Brumbelow

norm

Jonathan:

I sympathize and I empathize. My gratitude for the task you so graciously undertook and fabulously performed is deep. I know your labors, have been blessed by them, and I am thankful for your ministry.

Norm

Johnathan Pritchett

Your presence here will be missed. You did excellent work here and leave big shoes to fill for the next person to step into this somewhat thankless job filled with the hassles of all of us in the peanut gallery. Bless you good sir!

Pam Knight

Theo and I are Thankful for your availability to the Lord. Keeping you and your family in our prayers..
In Christ
Theo and Pam Knight

Steve Lemke

Jonathan,
Thanks for the great job you’ve been doing at SBC Today. No one knows as much as me how much time and effort that takes, so I can truly appreciate both the joy and the sacrifice you have experienced to serve in that role. I also remember the time that I realized that I could not continue in that role, so I understand perfectly. Again, thanks for the contribution you have made. May God continue to bless your ministry!
Steve Lemke

Lydia

These sorts of labors of love can turn toward a full-time job rather quickly. Thank you for your openness to other views. Godspeed on your journey.

Ken

Jonathan”
Thank you for your service to SBC today. I have been particularly impressed by the ability the blog accorded to all of allowing frank and honest opinions to be offered without censorship based on political correctness.

May God bless you and your family in the future.

kyle

Jonathan, though I usually don’t agree with many of the articles because they are anticalvinistic, it is still a very important and helpful process. Thank you kindly for your service to the Body of Christ in this role. It is greatly appreciated and you have been fair and allowed communication to proceed even when you might not agree with various perspectives. God Speed to you, sir.

Ronnie W Rogers

Thank you Jonathan for your willingness to take on this important position for a season, and then like an Olympian, you have truly performed as a gold medalist!
We are all amazed at both your spirit and stellar abilities.
Again, thank you my dear brother and we are truly your debtors.

Dennis Lee Dabney

Jonathan,

Thank you Brother, for your “labor of love” in the ministry of the Word, to which He has called you, for such a time as this. This time of service here will help prepare you like nothing else has or even could.

Truly, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that “whosoever” believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”.

My prayer for you friend is this, “May the presence of our God sustain you and yours in all things, Christ.

Preach!

Phill

Jon, although I disagree with some of the articles on the website it has been a blessing as it has challenged my own personal views. I pray for you during this transition. God Bless you and your family.

Ron F. Hale

Thanks Jon for everything — and all your hours and hours of work on this site. I appreciate what you have done and for who you are. May God bless you and keep you and shine upon you in all that you do. Blessings! RFH

Franklin L. Kirksey

Jonathan,
Thank you for your willingness to serve the Lord and His servants!
Thank you for your kindness to me and others who share thoughts and ideas on SBC Today!
Thank you for your faithfulness to our Lord and to His Word!
May the Lord continue to use you strategically in His service!
Blessings, Franklin L. Kirksey

Kara Barnette

Job well done, good and faithful servant! It has been a real pleasure working with you when I have written articles for SBC Today. Thank you for the time and talents you have offered to this ministry. Best wishes on your exciting future and growing family!

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