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Thursday, April 26, 2012 | Comments (42)

I’m not sure if you’ll consider this news good or bad, but the GTY blog is back in business. We plan to kick it off again this coming Monday, and we’ll turn on the comment thread too. I’ve got to warn you though…

We’re gonna be pretty picky on the comments we post. Downright totalitarian.

We won’t post comments that are crude, coarse, or vulgar. Obviously. We won’t post comments that are off-topic, belligerent, subversive, or might otherwise derail the conversation. We want kindness and clarity, not prickliness or obfuscation. And be forewarned if you see comment threads as a platform for your teaching ministry—if you want to teach, talk with your pastors/elders about serving in your local church.

We will post comments that are encouraging, relevant, insightful, or provide substantive critique. We’ll post almost anything that’s witty (not snarky) or makes us laugh. If you can make your point with intelligent humor, you’re almost guaranteed a place in the comment thread.

You’ll notice those are judgment calls. If we fail to recognize the brilliance of your point, please forgive us ahead of time. We’re just ordinary, average guys (cf. 1 Cor. 1:26-31). So if your comment doesn’t make it into the thread, please don’t feel slighted, please don’t get angry, and please don’t firebomb our offices.

Even more to the point, please don’t flood us with emails demanding an explanation. We keep pretty busy around here, which means we’ve got to be ruthlessly judicious in how we use our time.

So check back with us Monday for some fresh content. And if you’re game, crack those knuckles, have a sip of strong coffee, and give us your best shot in the comment thread. We’re looking forward to exploring some edifying topics with you in the weeks and months to come.

Warmly in Christ,
Travis Allen

Managing Director


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#1  Posted by Sydnee Clark  |  Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 3:49 PM

This is really cool that you all are doing this again!

I was not a part of this when you were doing this before, so I am just really excited to have conversations on Biblical topics on here! Thank you for letting the people who are listeners and are a part of your ministry have a chance to do things like this! It's really cool! :)

#2  Posted by Daniel Wilson  |  Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I am game. :D God bless.

#3  Posted by Linda Finch  |  Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Glad you have returned....I thought only Todd Friel used the word "snarky"...

#4  Posted by Jack Ortiz  |  Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

This is just my first time with gty, & i know it is very good & helpful. I can't wait.

#5  Posted by John Kerr  |  Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Greetings from New Zealand! I'm really glad the blog is back up again as I love to read the articles during my lunch break.

Thank you GTY team for your faithful service. You're bringing encouragement and challenge from the Word of God all over the world (even little old New Zealand - and we desperately need it). Looking forward to next week!

#6  Posted by Kim Eriksen  |  Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Awesome!!! love the blog and look forward to seeing it online again!! God Bless GTY and John MacArthur!



#7  Posted by Dan Phillips  |  Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Travis Allen is in the house.



#8  Posted by Kerry Halpin  |  Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 6:24 PM

This sure is good news! I've missed the discussions and have been anxiously awaiting the return of comments. Thanks much admins!

#9  Posted by David Lee  |  Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 7:11 PM

I'm so glad to read this!!!!! Y'all are good to take time to do this. Thanks Travis.

#10  Posted by Tony Armour  |  Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Christ saved me a month ago!! He saved me from His wrath, my sin, and from falling back into hypocrisy. Since then this site has been a huge blessing to me, and I look forward to reading your blogs.

And a big shout out to Pastor MacArthur for rightly dividing God's word! Thank you so much Pastor. I cannot get enough of your books and your sermons.

#11  Posted by Carol Gayheart  |  Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 8:19 PM

God does answer prayers! Welcome back! We've missed you!

#12  Posted by Eli Jackson  |  Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Yes sir Travis. I promise to curb my snarkiness. (this isn't a word is it? spell check is on but wont offer any suggestions)

#13  Posted by Timothy Hoy  |  Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Snarky: crotchety; snappish. Sarcastic, impertinent or irreverent in tone. First use of the word was in 1906. Love it Travis!!!! Glad the blog is back!!!!

#14  Posted by Dariu Dumitru  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 2:30 AM

I got a good laugh from the self-depreciation via 1 Cor!

Though, I don't get why you don't want to have the offices firebombed. Why so uptight?

#15  Posted by Esther Long  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 5:02 AM

It's good to see someone "draw the line in the sand." Dr. MacArthur was raised up for such a time as we live in; I was just watching a You Tube message from the late Dr. Martin, and read a comment that a viewer was praying God would raise up a man who would continue teaching in the same manner as Dr. Martin. I thought, He has... John MacArthur! We need to pray that God will raise up a man to carry the message of the Gospel as undauntedly and fervently as Dr. MacArthur has, if Christ should tarry. I call him "today's Jeremiah". Thank you all for your faithfullness. Been a Grace Partner since early 90's.

#16  Posted by Edward Palacio  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 6:27 AM

What a nice surprise this morning GTY. I feel as though I have had my spiritual degauss button pressed. I will spread the good news to the church. Peace and a bless! Ed

#17  Posted by Landon Webb  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Glad its back. Always thought you guys did a pretty good job editing and keeping comments clean/edifying. That said, some comments were lengthy sermon like. Thanks and God bless.

#18  Posted by Dr J B Boren  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 9:47 AM

I didn't know anyone actually read comment threads. Guess I learned something today.

[If you've read this far in the comments, you are, according to one expert, in the top (or bottom?) 2% of blog readers.]

#19  Posted by Tayon Shelby  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Can't wait until Monday!!! I love the blogs that you all do! It is a blessing to me!

#20  Posted by Eric Walker  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Define firebomb...:)

#21  Posted by Jordan Bushey  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Brilliant! I appreciate the aggressive comment screening. Things get out of hand very quickly if commenters are running amuck, saying whatever, relevant or not.

#22  Posted by William Stinson  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Thanks for giving us the opprotunity to partispate with like minded believers we all know many sites that say they are Christian are not, so may we grow in the Word, with wisdom and discernment:

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 4:7-9 (in Context) Philippians

#23  Posted by Elaine Bittencourt  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Guys, this is great news!

Of course I always knew it was just a matter of time! =)


#24  Posted by Elaine Bittencourt  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 3:01 PM

ahem... not sure if it's wise to ask or if I am doing a disservice to myself, but... can you tell us what the blog on Monday is going to be about??? please please??

#25  Posted by Travis Allen  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

John Kerr:

I've got one thing to say to you, my friend: Go All Blacks! Already looking forward to RWC 2015...

Now that the cat is out of the bag, I hope the Australian and South African readers--not to mention the northern hemisphere guys--will still consider us friends!

#26  Posted by Travis Allen  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Oops. Just realized I violated my own rules. Some "judgment call," eh?

#27  Posted by Travis Allen  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Elaine Bittencourt :

Monday's title, "Appearance Is Everything?"

#28  Posted by Bob Patrie  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Let it roll bloggers let it roll

#29  Posted by Mike Mittelstadt  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 6:58 PM


#31  Posted by Rebecca Schwem  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Can our humor be kinda sarcastic? I'm witty but rarely intelligent. I'm in trouble, aren't I? I'm feeling judged. See you Monday everybody.

YEAH! Rock on...... the gty blog is back!

#32  Posted by Mary Elizabeth Palshan  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 8:25 PM

It's been so long that I forgot my password. This is the best news EVER!!! I love this blog, and it may just be enough for me to give up facebook.

Wonderful news Travis!!!!

#33  Posted by edward corless  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM

glad to see the blog up again . i am grateful the grace to you family is talking about and debating relevant issues to the christian and the church. look forward to the many topics that NEED to be addressed and it seems as if there are very few doing that in the church.

#34  Posted by Daniel Beck  |  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I want to thank you Pastor MacArthur for your dedication to the Lord, and for your clear and truthful teaching of the Bible.

#35  Posted by Alex Soriano  |  Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 8:27 AM

I miss this part. I really learned a lot int the conversation

#36  Posted by Cheryl Kaster  |  Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Thanks for the opportunity and I appreciate the high standard with regard to the content of comments.

#37  Posted by Allan Koskela  |  Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 1:50 PM

I'm trusting that there will be no sports scores, gossip, statistics or commentary permitted...

#38  Posted by Orlando Delgado  |  Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Awesome! I learned a lot from the group discussions last time. Wow! Thanks....

#39  Posted by Joseph Wade  |  Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 2:05 AM

I look forward to the blogs, they are alway's insightful and I learn and grow from them, I also like the the subjects you guy's pick, they have been rich and encouraging. I Praise God for

#40  Posted by Timothy Hoy  |  Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Looking forward to tomorrow! May our Holy God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be High and Lifted Up in our hearts and attitudes every moment of every day! Praise Him for choosing us from the foundations of the earth!

#41  Posted by Marla Beale  |  Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Great news! Looking forward to reading the new posts (and comments). Woot!

#42  Posted by Joe Watkins  |  Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Yay!!!! Glad you're back!

#44  Posted by Rudi Jensen  |  Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 11:24 PM


I have my coffee already, so bring on the topic.