Every Pastor is a Translator

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in John MacArthur, Pastoral Ministry, Preaching | 17 comments

It was my first extended vacation from the first church I served. I really didn’t want to take the time off. But, wisely, the men insisted. With my first Sunday off, I decided to visit Grace Community Church to hear Dr. John MacArthur, Jr. I would often attend the Sunday evening service at Grace. But I had never been there on a Sunday morning. That morning, Dr. MacArthur was preaching about the family. The conclusions he drew from the...

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Thank God for Dr. John F. MacArthur, Jr.

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in Books, John MacArthur | 2 comments

I am happy. I came home from work, there was a package on the porch waiting for me. I knew what it was. And I had been waiting on it. It was my copy of the new biography written by Iain Murray and published by Banner of Truth: “John MacArthur: Servant of the Word and Flock.” I was introduced to the ministry of John F. MacArthur Jr. early in my pastoral ministry. I was being confronted with claims of Charismatic experiences in my congregation....

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Two Special Days with the Master’s College and Seminary Family

Posted by on Oct 9, 2009 in George Hurtt, John MacArthur, Speaking Engagements, The Sermon on the Mount | 3 comments

This past Monday and Tuesday, I had the rare and special opportunity to speak in the chapel services at The Master’s College and the Master’s Seminary in Southern California. I was invited to speak at the Master’s College last year. But my move to Jacksonville forced me to cancel the engagement. And I concluded that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I would never have again. But I was graciously extended another...

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Unafraid to Preach

Posted by on Sep 18, 2009 in John MacArthur, Preaching, Quotations | 3 comments

The modern obsession with “user-friendly” ministry has stoked the fear of preaching into a pervasive phobia. Seminaries these days train men to be storytellers, entertainers, and motivational speakers – and discourage them from dealing with profound of difficult theological concepts from the pulpit. Suddenly “too much Scripture” is deemed a greater homiletical faux pas than a whole sermon with no reference to...

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Free Downloads of John MacArthur Sermons!!!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2008 in John MacArthur, Preaching, Sermons | 9 comments

Grace to You, the radio and television teaching ministry of John F. MacArthur Jr., Pastor-Teacher of the Grace Community Church in Sun Valley (CA) has recently taken a great step of faith and generosity by posting all of the sermons of John MacArthur for free download. Yes. You read the previous sentence correctly. John MacArthur sermons. Available online for download. Free! I can’t believe it. Praise God that the teachings of one of the...

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On Preaching and Clock-Watching

Posted by on Sep 16, 2008 in John MacArthur, Preaching | 7 comments

There was a time when churches placed clocks and bells in the steeples of their buildings, and they would “ring the alarm” for the community when it was time for corporate worship or prayer. Now churches place clocks on the back wall to make sure the pastor does not preach too long. After all, there are many other edifying things people need to do Sundays, aren’t there? They do not need to be in worship so long that it...

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