Saying Goodbye

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I will be continuing to write, but on our church blog where I pastor.

J.L. Pattison also writes and has his own website.


This site originally started as Reformation Nation back in late 2007. In early 2008, The Pilgrim revamped the site and renamed it Defending.Contending.

The Lord allowed our site to be used ever since then. We have had many writers and readers. However, many of our writers faded away and I am not able to keep up with trying to correct broken links on many of the articles that were written.

About three or four years ago, I changed the name again to Truth in Grace thinking that this would better reflect my intention for the blog. However, our readership was already in huge decline.

For all who have written and read these articles through the last almost 14 years, we want to say a huge THANK YOU, but also to say good-bye. There are so many great blogs out there and people want regular content that we can no longer provide.

The website will remain active through April 2021 for those who want to copy or read any articles. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Mark Escalera – The Desert Pastor

5 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye

  1. I have enjoyed your e-mails for several years now, and will certainly miss them when they are gone.

    Thank you for your service through the years in sharing the truth from the Bible that many people sadly overlook.

    May God continue to bless you in your future efforts, whatever they may be!

    Pastor Bob


  2. Truly disheartened and taken aback to hear this news. Your blog will be sorely missed! It is among the few that are dedicated solely to the glory of God by pointing the way to salvation through the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ by grace alone. The Truth is becoming more and more difficult to find. This reminds me of Amos 8:11, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:” We are now living at a time in which (Psalm 12:8)
    “The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.”

    May God bless you in all your future endeavors.

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  3. I echo the others above. The work you have done over the years is outstanding. You will be very missed! I have enjoyed your thoughts and have reconsidered several topics. It’s always refreshing even after 40 years of teaching God’s Word, some of those years at the Seminary level, to learn something new. Most of all, I deeply appreciate your consistent stand on the Word of God; no wavering, no compromising, no progressivism. Yes, there are other good blogs out there but yours will be greatly missed and leaves us in the “Desert” still thirsting for more. Thank you for all your hard work and may our Lord continue to bless you.
    Dennis Crumbley


  4. I will be sorry to see this website all end. You have taught us a lot. May God bless you in all you do in the future.
    Take care and God bless.


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