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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Ambassadors of Reconciliation: Let’s Take A Closer Look

As many of our readers know, the Ambassadors of Reconciliation have just released their Consultation Report to the Board of Directors of Sovereign Grace Ministries. (link) The report was prepared by Ted Kober and Ed Keinath. According to Dave Harvey, "this plan includes three areas where they and others will be involved in helping us: 1. Adjudication of allegations against … Continue reading

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Do Calvinista Bloggers Truly Believe God Is Sovereign?

  Big Ben (taken by Deb) "The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all." Psalm 103:19 (NASB) Allow me to make an observation, to use SGM’s loaded language. Comments are mysteriously disappearing from several Calvinista blogs. Don’t these bloggers believe in the sovereignty of God? If so, then why are they micromanaging their … Continue reading

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Sinfully Craving Truth: Families of SGM Abused Children Respond

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” Kahlil Gibran Cat's Eye Nebula-Hubble Telescope   I am leaving to bring my final child off to college. It is a bittersweet time. I wanted to continue in the series on psychology and the church but I have received some correspondence and would like … Continue reading

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The Washington Post Investigates Sovereign Grace Ministries

“Every time a newspaper dies, even a bad one, the country moves a little closer to authoritarianism." Richard Kluger   The London Eye   Michelle Boorstein The Washington Post 202-334-4451 (direct line).   Once again, TWW must apologize to the people who have asked us to write about the aversion to clinical psychology in today's post-evangelical church. Lord willing, we … Continue reading

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