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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | Comments (22)

The day has come to close the comment section on the GTY blog. We are truly sorry to disappoint, but some recent staff changes have made this necessary—just not enough people to monitor and interact. This will be the last post where we’ll allow comments, but stay with us, we’ve got some great posts from John coming very soon.

I want to take a moment to express the huge debt of gratitude we owe to three individuals you’ve interacted with over the past couple of years.

The first man is Gabriel Powell. Gabe came to us with some serious programming skills—he was responsible for coding the last two versions of the GTY website. And for those of you who saw his interactions in the comment thread, you can see he’s also got some serious pastoral skills. That heart for ministry took him home to Washington to pastor a church plant after he graduated from The Master’s Seminary. Thanks for all you’ve done, Gabe. We wish you and your family a long and fruitful ministry at Sudden Valley Community Church.

The second man is Tommy Clayton. Tommy is a southerner—his heart never left the south, even as he attended The Master’s Seminary and worked at GTY. He was John’s broadcast editor for several years and did content development for the website. I watched his pastoral heart bleed through every article and interaction. Tommy rejoined his heart back home in Florida to work with his beloved pastor, mentor, and friend. God bless you, your family, and Riverbend Church.

The third man is Fred Butler. Fred has one of the strongest theological minds I know, is an excellent Bible teacher, and is a good friend. I’m happy to report, Fred hasn’t left us—that is a grace of God. Fred oversees GTY’s large force of volunteers who minister to so many of you by sending out mail, books, and CDs every week on a massive scale. Thank you for all you do, Fred. We all look forward to reading more from you on the blog in the near future. If you want to hear more from Fred, check out his blog.

So, the comments are open one last time to say “thanks” to those three men. Then we’ll carry on with more posts on the church and pastoral ministry.

Travis Allen
Managing Director


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#1  Posted by Amy Bray  |  Wednesday, January 25, 2012at 11:38 AM

It's understandable... but for my first and last blog comment, I do want to thank all who helped manage the comments. I know it's time consuming and can be a ministry in itself. May God richly bless all forever.

#2  Posted by Harry Gandia  |  Wednesday, January 25, 2012at 11:45 AM

Thank you for all that you guys have done to make this ministry portable!!! You will never ever ever know the huge impact it has had in my life... THANK YOU!!!!! And God Bless!!!!!! Pastor MacArthur I also want to thank you for all your hard work all these years!!!! You have had a tremendous impact in my life... I will never be able to thank you personally but THANK YOU!!!!!!!

#3  Posted by Jeremy Notchick  |  Wednesday, January 25, 2012at 11:48 AM

So blessed that these men of God had time to work here and edify the body. It will be a loss but it will also be a gain for so many at these Churches. They will be able to spread Christ's Gospel farther and that is the greatest thing we could ask for. We will all miss them but God will always get the Glory from every plan he sets forth.

I think that this is a sad day and a good day. Sad because there will be no more interactions with great brothers and sisters on here. Good because there are those that come just to comment and debate about every post there is. Now, instead of worrying about proving a point or arguing we can focus on reading and enjoying the words of Pastor John, Travis, and others. I think in the end we all know that God will get the Glory because of this. Lastly, if we feel it necessary to comment on an article we can put the article out as a link on Facebook and comment on it from there. This will in turn probably make people think about the comments they write more because it is coming from them and all their friends will see it. God Bless everyone at this ministry and a sincere thank you for all that everyone does.

#4  Posted by Aaron Gardner  |  Wednesday, January 25, 2012at 12:31 PM

Well I guess this is my first and last comment but thanks for all you've done by the way do you know if you'll ever re-open the comment on the blog? because i like hearing what some other people have to say.

#5  Posted by Aaron Gardner  |  Wednesday, January 25, 2012at 12:33 PM

oh i meant to say thanks to John for what he's done he's been great but if he only could get over this Israel stuff

#6  Posted by Kim Eriksen  |  Wednesday, January 25, 2012at 12:51 PM

Dear GTY

?.. i sent a letter @ gty and gty replied to use your website???

i wanted to know how John would do psalm 119 for reading 30 days? i love that psalm..

thanks for all you do and look forward to everything John has for us to read and consider..Gods blessings on John MacArthur and the GTY website..

Kim

Savannah Ga

#7  Posted by Eric Young  |  Wednesday, January 25, 2012at 3:12 PM

Hi Travis, Tommy, and Fred:

Thanks, for all the work you guys do, not just refuting error (which is vitally important) but also infusing truth in place of that error. You all stand on the front line, and say what the rest of us often know to say, and want to say, but to our shame, are often fearful to say, and I for one am very thankful. Please, continue to keep up the good work: remain "steadfast, immovable...knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." (1 Cor. 15:58). You all are in my prayers. Your ministry means a lot to me.

Yours in Christ,

Eric

#8  Posted by Micah Marchewitz  |  Wednesday, January 25, 2012at 8:22 PM

I only live about 15 or 20 minutes form sudden valley community church. I think I am going to check it out this Sunday!

#9  Posted by Rudi Jensen  |  Thursday, January 26, 2012at 1:57 AM

In my more than 30 years as a Christian, I have never met so wonderful people as you dear beloved brothers.

I'm so grateful and thankful for your great effort in clarifying the important issues concerning our beloved Lord and Savior.

Your serving is not without fruit. Here in Denmark, the Wonderful Gospel of the Blessed God is again on the awakening in the public.

Sure I'm going to miss the blog, but every topic have been discussed, and we are now without excuse for not taking the Gospel to our own neighbours.

Also thank you, all you wonderful commenters!

God bless you all.

#10  Posted by Rebecca Schwem  |  Thursday, January 26, 2012at 6:29 AM

Well, thank goodness it's not because of something I said! I am really going to miss Gabe and Tommy. Fred, well, I will be checking out his blog for sure. This was really my first blog or at least a blog that interested me. I simply didn't have time for more than one and this was the one I picked.

I have learned so much here. This blog really made me think. Not just the positive remarks but even those negative comments made me think and do research. And the subjects were fascinating! Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to go deeper. It's been such a good thing. As always, glory to God.

May God richly bless all of you in this new chapter of your lives and service to our Lord. And thank you for allowing me to dip my bread, from time to time, in the oil you all have soaked up from serving under John MacArthur's leadership at GTY ! I have been well fed! If we never meet again this side of heaven, I will see you on that beautiful shore! ~Rebecca

#11  Posted by Darren Gruett  |  Thursday, January 26, 2012at 8:29 AM

Thanks to all of you for your hard work and dedication. This web site and ministry has been a real blessing in my life. May God bless all of you in your new endeavors.

#12  Posted by Greg Tegman  |  Thursday, January 26, 2012at 9:56 AM

I too have enjoyed this blog. Having spent my whole life up here in the Seattle area, I found it difficult to find a church that wasn't superficial. I had a model example in mind, yet found no duplicate. John MacArthur was just that model. At first, I didn't like listening to him. He frightened me. He did so by sharing the whole truth. He leaves nothing out. I finally found a church up here in Marysville WA. via The Masters Seminary Alumni. Our Senior Pastor is John Zimmer. I praise God for his commitment up here. And, thank you Tommy Clayton and Gabriel Powell the ministry you provided. May he continue to bless both of you

#13  Posted by Travis Allen  |  Thursday, January 26, 2012at 12:05 PM

Folks, just to be clear, we're not shutting down the blog itself. We're just unable to monitor and interact with comments.

We'll still post, you can still read, and everyone can discuss at other places on the Internet.

Travis

#14  Posted by Mitch Eddards  |  Thursday, January 26, 2012at 12:31 PM

Thank you all for you wonderful ministry in the Lord. Grace to You has blessed my walk with Christ . I love listening to Grace to You daily and take notes at times noting down the important parts of each sermon.

I Love taking GTY on my mp3 player and then I can pause whenever I need to write down something important or a scripture Macarthur is referencing.

Thank you 3 people that were mentioned for you ministry in the Lord you will be rewarded for you efforts :)

#15  Posted by Elaine Bittencourt  |  Thursday, January 26, 2012at 1:44 PM

I have been here since day 1 of this blog. The issues raised, the interaction among commenteers (sp?) and moderators, those taught me a lot about how to behave and how to better handle arguments.

It was sad to see Gabe go. He was a huge part of this blog, not only on the side of comments, but behind it and also through many emails sent to him asking for help! Thank you Gabe!

I had no idea Tommy Clayton was leaving as well. Again, Tommy's comments were some that I would pay close attention to.

Of course not only them, but Travis Allen's as well. And Fred Buttler's. I am sure I am not the only one to have said that the way you guys handle controversy and polemic issues is outstanding!

I thank you for your godly example to all of us, and also for giving your time to moderate this blog for as long as it has lasted. I don't see this as the end of the comment section though. =) It might just be that the Lord will be raising some new people to give you a hand. I would love for that to happen. The gty blog has been always a safe place for those of us who like to discuss issues in the Christian world with the assurance that we all would be treated fairly.

My thanks to each one of you behind the scenes. You are appreciated.

May the Lord our God keep blessing your ministry with grace upon grace whenever you go.

Grace and peace to you,

Elaine

#17  Posted by Tommy Clayton  |  Friday, January 27, 2012at 5:46 AM

Linking arms with the GTY blog team ranks near the top of my CA highlight list.

I'll never forget the writing instruction I received from Travis (and Jay), the interaction with all the wonderful truth-loving commenters, and the way the LORD used the experience to teach me more about my sin, His grace, and how technology can be used for His glory.

Thanks, GTY. I miss you guys!

#18  Posted by Gabriel Powell  |  Friday, January 27, 2012at 10:12 AM

Travis is very kind and generous with his comments.

There are many reasons why readers and listeners of Grace to You should love the ministry. Like many of you I benefited from John's ministry through the radio long before I knew I would attend the church and work at GTY.

But you should also know that those of us who've worked for Travis, Don Green, Phil Johnson, and John MacArthur are blessed beyond measure. The godliness of the men, and the wisdom with which they conducted the ministry is exemplary.

Now that I'm not at GTY, I can speak my mind... I'm eternally thankful to the Lord for Grace to You and for the privilege of serving the Lord there. It was an undeserved honor to participate in the blog and converse with many of you over the last couple years.

Grace and peace

PS. Micah, I'd love to meet you when you're able to worship with us!

#19  Posted by Mary Elizabeth Palshan  |  Friday, January 27, 2012at 12:05 PM

I have felt very privileged to be a part of this great ministry, even if it was from the outside looking in. When I first started posting here, Gabriel Powell assured me that John MacArthur welcomed women as contributors. It was very good news for many Christian women, who love the Lord and love to discuss His Word.

The levels of professionalism from the administrators of this blog, like Tommy Clayton, Fred Butler, Gabriel Powell, and Travis Allen, have been absolutely stellar. Their writing has been inspirational, and the level of teaching, par excellence. They have, after all, learned from a master shepherd, John MacArthur, whose love for the truth is boundless and knows no end.

We were all brought here together because of our love for one book and one Lord, but not just any book, but a book that has eternal significance: the Bible. Words have meaning and consequences, and no other book written throughout our history teaches that with such clarity and force. There have been eloquent men and women who wrote poetry, prose, and great literature, over the centuries, who felt their works of art, was their way of touching eternity. Chaucer was one such man; at the end of Troilus and Criseyde, he wrote, “Go, litel book!” Hoping that his words would take flight, like the seeds of a dandelion on the tail of a wind, and disseminate for all future generations to tarry over and adore. But who remembers Troilus and Criseyde? Who could even spell it? And how “litel” a book it must have been. But alas, we know that all is pure vanity. Only one book has conquered all others, and continues to vanquish its enemies.

God reminds us here: “Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity. Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care. The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth. The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd. My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man (Ecc 12:8-13).”

Continued...

#20  Posted by Mary Elizabeth Palshan  |  Friday, January 27, 2012at 12:06 PM

I will also miss ALL the people here that I have come to know and love over this short period of time. Rachael Schwem, Rudi Jenson, Mary Kidwell, Dan Wilson, et al, you can contact me at mpalshan at sbcglobal dot net. I would love to hear from any and all. Many of us who post here, and many from GTY are on facebook. Let’s stay in touch if possible? And I hope, as Elaine has expressed, that some time in the near future this blog would be able to continue. Thanks again to GTY for all the great resources that are provided here. To God be the glory!

Lastly, this was Carol Burnett’s theme song (I took the liberties of rearranging it a bit). I'm so glad we had this time together, just to have a prayer, or share a Bible verse or two. Seems we just get started and before you know it comes the time we have to say, "So long."

Waiting for the return of our precious Lord, Jesus Christ!

#21  Posted by Mary Kidwell  |  Friday, January 27, 2012at 6:47 PM

Thanks GTY for your ministry. I have also enjoyed the blog as I feel I have learned much and been challenged to think through issues. I have appreciated the comments of the staff and the many regulars, and have enjoyed the interaction which has been both inspiring and challenging. Speaking for myself, and I know for others also, God has used (and continues to use) GTY to better equip me in understanding and sharing the truths of the Bible. I will miss the regulars on this blog but know God will continue to use you in His kingdom.

#22  Posted by Rudi Jensen  |  Saturday, January 28, 2012at 12:22 PM

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#23  Posted by Rick White  |  Tuesday, January 31, 2012at 1:18 PM

Gabe,Tommy,and Fred,

Thank you guys for all of your patience in keeping us all on the right track. You will be greatly missed here. Our prayers go with you.