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Retrospective on 40 Years
Rick Holland interviews John MacArthur about his first forty years of ministry at Grace Community Church.


Unwavering Commitment
Holland also wrote an article about MacArthur’s unwavering commitment to preaching. “It is the proclamation of the truth from our pulpit that makes it special. Like Ezra, who read the Scripture and explained its meaning to the people, so our pastor proclaims God’s Word to us each week. As a result, the pulpit at Grace Church has an unparalleled reputation for being a place where expositional preaching meets an eager congregation.”


There Really Is a Bible Belt
Dr. Mohler comments on a new Gallup poll that asked 350,000 Americans “Is religion an important part of your daily life?” “There is much to see in this new Gallup report, and everyone from missiologists to marketers will be using the data. Political scientists will have their own interests, as will students of American religion. As for those committed to church ministry and the Great Commission — we see our national mission field in sharper view, state by state.”


How Facebook Plans to Make Money
You know all that information about yourself you’ve been entering into Facebook? Just try to imagine what this is worth to advertisers. That’s how they’re going to make their money…


Memo to Worship Bands
John G. Stackhouse writes a letter to worship bands asking them to turn down the volume just a little bit. “The contrast with the Reformation is the modern-day insistence that a few people at the front be the center of attention. We do it by making six band members louder than a room full of people. But a church service isn’t a concert at which an audience sings along with the real performers. Musicians–every one of them, including the singers–are accompanists to the congregation’s praise. They should be mixed loudly enough only to do their job of leading and supporting the congregation.”


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    A La Carte (February 29)

    A La Carte: Is it ever right to lie? / When the “perfect” fit isn’t / An open letter to Christians who doubt / When a baby is a disease / The long view of preaching / and more.

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    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.