24 May 2012

Ten Minutes With John MacArthur

If you were granted ten minutes to speak with and interview John MacArthur, what would you ask? Would you inquire about the state of the church, or would you focus on doctrinal questions? Would you seize the opportunity to ask a question pertaining to your own personal situation, or would you ask his opinion on the latest antics of the Seeker-Driven crowd?

Recently, I was graciously afforded ten minutes with John MacArthur, and I found myself asking questions about a little bit of everything. View article →

8 comments:

  1. I like how to the point John was concerning issues that the church is facing today and how bold he was to take the unpopular, yet biblical, viewpoint concerning contemplative prayer.

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    1. "Bold" and "to the point" are two phrases that perfectly describe John MacArthur! It's very refreshing.

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  2. What a great interview, Ebenz. You really made good use of that 10 minutes. Thanks for sharing! Dr. John MacArthur is truly one of my heroes of the faith. What a man of God.

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    1. You're welcome, Anonymous. It was a fun honor, and a huge blessing to have the opportunity to speak with him. God opened all the doors for the interview, and for that I am incredibly thankful.

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  3. Wow, straight up answers to valid questions, what's the world coming to? Thank God for pastors like him, they are few and far between.

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    1. Hi Darrel,
      Yes, we ought to be praying for the few pastors who are as straightforward and biblically true as Dr. MacArthur.

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  4. Nice interview and great opportunity for you EBenz. About 20 years ago Dr MacArthur was a guest preacher on a Sunday night at one of the churches in the area. After the service, he spoke and shook hands with people. I had about 30 seconds with him. He had no "screener", no security body guard, just himself. How refreshing it was then in contrast to some of the mega celebrity pastors today.

    Dont want to assume anything, but I imagine he still has no security body guard or screener (someone who screens people in line to talk to him). Right?

    The part of your interview that stood out to me was this
    "Steven Furtick, Perry Noble. There’s nothing of theology to say nothing of the massive egotism. It’s epic."

    Yeah the "massive egotism" is certainly how I would describe these guys and many other mega pastors -- they just come across as so "full of themselves" no matter how "humbled and honored" they claim to be, no matter how many times they say "Its not about me".

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    1. Hi rom,

      Dont want to assume anything, but I imagine he still has no security body guard or screener (someone who screens people in line to talk to him). Right?

      Well, if he had a body guard or a screener, then they were slacking off because I never saw them! He was accessible and gracious and humble. Because the interview was unscheduled (there's a whole portion of this story that wasn't told in the transcript!), I had to catch time with him in between engagements. At one point, a volunteer emerged, wanting us to finish so that Dr. MacArthur could get back. Pastor MacArthur looked at him, said, "We're fine," then looked at me and told me not to worry about it and to continue asking whatever I wanted. He's a pastor first, even to those who aren't members of his local flock.

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