Editorial -- By: Richard L. Mayhue
MSJ 7:2 (Fall 96) p. 149
By God’s grace, TMS held its tenth graduation on May 5, 1996. Dr. Jack MacArthur (President MacArthur’s dad) delivered our commencement address, “The Romance of Expository Preaching.” An honorary Doctor of Divinity degree (D.D.) was presented to Victor Krutko, who serves as Vice President of the Evangelical Baptist Union in Minsk, Belarus. We honored President MacArthur and Patricia with a clock that tells the time anywhere in the world. It symbolized the beginning of the MacArthur International Scholarship Fund, which started with a gift of $10,000 ($1,000 for each year served as our president).
Earlier in the week, the City of LA had honored our President at City Hall. Here is the text which Councilman Joel Wachs read as Mayor Richard Riorden looked on.
WHEREAS, John Fullerton MacArthur, Jr. was born on June 19, 1939, in Los Angeles, California and attended local schools; and
WHEREAS, John Fullerton MacArthur, Jr. graduated from Los Angeles Pacific College in 1961, having been selected a first team, small college All-American football player as a halfback; and
WHEREAS, John Fullerton MacArthur, Jr. graduated magna cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary in 1964 with a Master of Divinity degree and was later honored in 1977 with a Doctor of Divinity degree from his alma mater; and
WHEREAS, John Fullerton MacArthur, Jr. was ordained to the gospel ministry by the Independent Fundamental Churches of America in 1964 at MacArthur Memorial Church, Burbank, California; and
WHEREAS, John Fullerton MacArthur, Jr. became Pastor-Teacher at Grace Community Church, Sun Valley,
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California in 1969 where he continues to pastor in 1996 after twenty-seven years of expositional Bible teaching and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ; and
WHEREAS, John Fullerton MacArthur, Jr. now pastors the largest Protestant congregation in Los Angeles County with over eight thousand in attendance on Sunday mornings and evenings, having preached over two thousand five hundred expositional Bible messages and having sent out over one hundred pastors and missionaries from Grace Community Church, not to mention the 269 graduates of The Master’s Seminary whose ministry resides at the church campus; and
WHEREAS, John Fullerton MacArthur, Jr. has had over ten million of his cassette tape, Bible messages distributed worldwide since 1970; and
WHEREAS, John Fullerton MacArthur, Jr. is heard over five hundred times daily on “Grace To You” around the world to the extent that the sun never sets on this radio broadcast; and
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