AoR Report Released: Just How Unhealthy Is SGM ?

"Because we met with such a small percentage of members (less than 1⁄2 of 1%), our observations may not accurately reflect the entire association of churches. Nevertheless, we offer these observations as part of our report." Ambassadors of Reconciliation Report, page 13   Gavel – Wikipedia At long last the Ambassadors of Reconciliation (AoR) Report has been made available through … Continue reading

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Mahaney’s Mind-Blowing Machination

"Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering." Matthew 5:23-24 Spinning Top THE SPIN CONTINUES…  Please read the ADDENDUM at the bottom of the post. Since … Continue reading

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My Deconversion: A Former SGM Music Leader Leaves the Faith

"Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings." – Victor Hugo Dusty Pillar Amongst Newborn Stars-Hubble Sometimes, as we deal with issues such as the problems at Mars Hill and Sovereign Grace Ministries, we can inadvertently overlook the deeper issues … Continue reading

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Dear SGM Interim Board . . .

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8 (NASB) Dee and I first learned about Sovereign Grace Ministries in the fall of 2008, and we are grateful to the SGM Survivors and Refugees who have spoken out against the hyper-authoritarian leadership and spiritual abuse they have experienced.   From the hundreds of blog posts and thousands of … Continue reading

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Mahaney / SGM – Unprecedented Rescue by the SBC?

"I think preaching and pastoral ministry are where grace is most evident in my life and where my leadership is most effectively expressed. Others seem to agree." C.J. Mahaney We believe history is being made as high profile leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention MEDDLE in the affairs of another denomination, which self-identifies as a "family of churches".  Yes, I'm … Continue reading

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Pastors Ignoring Confidentiality: Having Gospel Gossip Authority?

Confidentiality is a virtue of the loyal, as loyalty is the virtue of faithfulness. -Edwin Louis Cole   A Dusty Pillar Amongst Newborn Stars-Hubble/NASA Through the years, we have learned much about how some authoritarian churches conduct business from reading the SGM Survivors blog. Sovereign Grace Ministries was conceived of, and is led, by CJ Mahaney who was also asked … Continue reading

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How Carolyn Mahaney Helped Her Daughters Work Through Their Sin

"My mom spent many a late night helping us to work through our sin, only to wake up early the next morning to start that process all over again." Carolyn Mahaney's Daughter Mother and Baby by Anna Cervova As previously described in Christian Celebrity: An Oxymoron, Covenant Life Church (CLC) hosted a two-hour extravaganza honoring the life and ministry of … Continue reading

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Is the Sun Setting on YRR – aka New Calvinism?

"Our chief concerns have to do with immaturity, instability, and inconsistency in the YRR movement." John MacArthur Beaufort (NC) Sunset (Taken by Deb) The Young, Restless, and Reformed Movement (YRR) gained much notoriety five years ago when Collin Hansen coined his catchy description of a new trend in Christendom.  The emergent church movement, so prevalent decades before, waned while the … Continue reading

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Young, Restless, and Reformed (YRR) – RIP?

“I’ve been pondering a post on this thing that’s been called Young, Restless, and Reformed. What’s good? What’s bad? What needs to be celebrated? What needs to addressed? For starters, it may be time to retire the name.” Kevin DeYoung (DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed)   Jonathan Edwards (Wikipedia) I will never forget that day back in 2006 when the September … Continue reading

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Rewriting History: SGM/SBC Style

"Those who tell the stories also hold the power." Plato     The Colosseum (taken by Deb) Five months ago many were surprised by the reconciliation of C.J. Mahaney and Larry Tomczak. LARRY WHO? We would imagine that this was a typical reaction of newcomers in Sovereign Grace Ministries.  Kris over at SGM Survivors recently explained: (link) "Prior to early 2008, … Continue reading

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SGM and Confusion in the Camp

"For God is not a God of confusion but of peace." 1 Corinthians 14:33 (ESV) What in the world is going on in Sovereign Grace Ministries?  We are totally perplexed. The SGM leadership is causing confusion in the camp, and it is wreaking havoc throughout this "family of churches".  Remember, God is not the author of confusion. In our previous … Continue reading

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Today is ‘National UnFriend Day’

"A friend loves at all times." Proverbs 17:17 (ESV, NASB, NIV) Happy November 17th everybody!  Did you know that today is National UnFriend Day or "NUD"?  If you're not on Facebook, then you probably have no idea what the term 'unfriend' means.  Those with Facebook accounts have a cadre of friends that can sometimes number into the hundreds or even … Continue reading

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Helicopter Parents on Steroids

"I think with many more of today's parents than in the past, the "helicoptering" is more about over-protecting them from what they perceive to be this dreadful, dangerous, terror-filled world and not realizing that kids need to be able to take educated risks, make independent decisions and take consequences for their actions."   Jean Walker Flags Flying in Normandy, France … Continue reading

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Sovereign Grace Ministries Boasts About Its Pastors College

  "Oh yes, I'm the great pretender, pretending that I'm doing well…"  The Platters  Photo by Deb Despite the firestorm that is engulfing Sovereign Grace Ministries, it appears the Board is pretending everything is just fine. In case you haven’t been reading SGM’s most recent blog posts (the last three to be specific), the Pastors College is back in session. … Continue reading

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Sovereign Grace Ministries Captures the Media Spotlight

Le Mont Saint Michel (taken by Deb) “We as a family experienced a pattern of spiritual abuse, hypocrisy, harshness, deceit and some unfortunate threats that were not righteous for Christians and need to be repented.” Larry Tomczak in a Washington Post article published on September 6, 2011 Since morphing themselves into Sovereign Grace Ministries, C.J. Mahaney and his lieutenants have … Continue reading

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