Announcing the Death of the Rev. Dr. Mack King Carter
“In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children along;
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,
God leads His dear children along.
Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.”
There are preachers and then there was the irreplaceable and indomitable spirit of the Rev. Dr. Mack King Carter, pastor emeritus of New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was an anointed modern-day prophet, who fed the souls of the faithful and the minds of those who were open to a Word from the Lord. Dr. Carter made his transition early Wednesday morning (10-3-13) and we are sure he was greeted by multitudes of ancestors-in-waiting, who smiled broadly and nodded proudly, as he took a well-deserved seat and sat down.
Many of us at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference have been changed by his ministry, impacted by his words and influenced by his ability tell a story, turn a phrase, transform the ancient, biblical text and have it speak to the heart, making the Gospel come alive. At our last sacred gathering in February, we honored Dr. Carter for his unique, theological gifts with the “Beautiful Are the Feet Award.” For us, and our team, there is something profoundly prophetic about the movement and moment of that acknowledgment. Cares all past. Home at last, ever to rejoice.
We will tell you more about this great man in coming days with a full historic tribute and details on his service. But please read what one of our newest and youngest SDPC trustees has to say about the indelible mark and imprint this giant of a man made on his life and on his ministry. Read the words of the Rev. Dr. William Marcus Small of New Calvary Baptist Church, Norfolk, VA:
“Dr. Carter was a homiletical mastermind, an exegetical master, and a Greek interpreter extraordinaire,” Small said. “He made scripture come alive with a skillful combination of experience, education and the essence of mother wit. Mack could tell a story. And like the old preachers say, could ‘make it plain.’ His pastoral prose was second to none and he had a heart for people and a passion for proclaiming the Gospel. He taught us through his unique gifts that God’s love knows no bounds. He made us want to get closer to the eternal because of God’s sufficient grace. God’s kingdom has truly lost a prince of a pastor and preacher.”
An Amen goes right there.
Nothing more need be said.
AMEN & AMEN,
For and on behalf of:
Dr. Iva E. Carruthers, General Secretary & Founder
Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, Chair & Founder
Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Founder
Board of Directors, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Inc.
Condolences can be sent to:
Mrs. Patricia Carter
C/O New Mount Olive Baptist Church
400 NW 9th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
McWhite’s Funeral Home is handling all arrangements.
3501 W Broward Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Critics of mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent offenders say it leads to overcrowding in prisons, including here in North Texas.
The Federal Sentencing Guidelines put into place in the 1980s included mandatory minimum sentences judges must issue for specific crimes, usually drug related.
During the same time in the last 25 years, U.S. prison populations have quadrupled.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the three main correctional institutions in the Metroplex are above capacity.
Seagoville Federal Correctional Institution is 57 percent above capacity; Carswell Federal Medical Center is 74 percent above capacity; and Fort Worth Federal Correctional Institution is 25 percent above capacity.
Now lawmakers from both sides of the political isle are calling for reform.
Last week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) pitched new legislation on Capitol Hill.
Dr. Frederick Haynes, III, Senior Pastor at Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, is ready for change.
“As far as I’m concerned, we’ve seen families destroyed. We’ve seen communities drained of great potential,” Dr. Haynes said.
Dr. Haynes looks not at the numbers, but at the people and families affected. He knows many in his church community.
Studies show of the people in prison for drugs, a disproportionate number are black or Latino.
“I’ve seen people get anywhere from 10 years to life in prison, minimum,” Dr. Haynes said.
Dr. Haynes is Chairman of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, a group of pastors who for the past three years, have focused on the issues of mass incarceration and the criminal justice system.
“We’re calling for judges to have the freedom to case by case, see what would be appropriate in the particular instance. Also we are especially asking that treatment be afforded to those who cannot afford it,” Dr. Haynes said.
Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III along with local and national clergy, elected officials and workers called on President Obama to sign an executive order to raise the wages of employees of federal contractors from poverty wages to living wages.
The Federal goverment is the largest low-wage employer in the United States. The goverment employs nearly 2 million low-wage workers; that’s more than Walmart and McDonald’s combined.
According to a recent report by Demos, federal contracts pay top executives over $24 billion while workers live on poverty wages. If federal contract compensation was capped for CEOs and top executives, full-time workers could receive an annual increase of $14,000.