Tuesday, August 07, 2007

OKpreacher’s Farewell Address

In October of 2004, I created “OKpreacher’s Christian Resource Center”. I had several friends that were getting into blogging and thought it would be fun. My goal was to share about my faith in Christ, my journey through seminary, and my experiences as a pastor of a Baptist Church. I wanted to create a site that had links to anything a Southern Baptist would need to serve the Lord with all their heart.

Last summer I had the honor of doing the series called, “Seven Questions.” I got to interview several leaders, pastors, and missionaries. I believe this was my best work. I want to say a big thank you to every person that responded to my, “Seven Questions.”

Over the last several months I have had to re-think my call, my relationship to the Southern Baptist Convention, and my purpose for this blog. I am to the point that I believe it is time for OKpreacher to move on. I trust God in handling everything “Southern Baptist” and I realize that it’s time for me to refocus on what is most important. The focus of my life is exalting Jesus Christ as Lord and spreading His Kingdom. It’s time for me to focus on God and bringing in His harvest.

There will always be debates but I want to focus on something bigger than Southern Baptists. While I am thankful for my Christian training that I received at a SBC church, for meeting my wife at a SBC school, and for all the wonderful people I have meet through pastoring a SBC church, I realize that God’s Kingdom is bigger than the Southern Baptist Convention. I believe the greatest problem facing the church is Christians who don’t understand the power of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Therefore, they don’t understand who God is or what He has done for them.

This is where OKpreacher ends and a new blog begins. I have created a new blog called,
“Life Matters.” At “Life Matters” I will share my journey with Christ and my experiences in ministry with the hope that my life challenges and encourages you in your journey with God. Thanks for being apart of OKpreacher and I hope you will join me at “Life Matters.”

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Christian = Republican?

Please read Republicans losing Christian vote.

I have always been concerned when I heard statements like, "God votes Republican" or "It is a sin to vote Democrat". I have never voted for a democrat for president, senator, or governor, but I must admit I am weighting my options this year. George Bush, outside of nominating conservative Supreme Court justices, has done a horrible job as president. He has lied repeatedly and never apologized for any of it. I'm tired of him and I can't wait till we have a new president.

After looking at the list of republican candidates, only one gets me excited. Mike Huckabee is the best candidate, but the poles show he is way behind the republican leaders. My problem is the republican leaders don't represent core Christian beliefs and therefore, I'm open to voting democrat. If neither party wants to represent core Christian beliefs, I'll vote democrat. If I vote democrat, I will vote for Obama.

Clearly, Christians have to decide who to vote for because “Republican” and “Christian” aren’t the same thing.