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July 19, 2010 in Sovereign Grace Ministries

So, things have probably seemed a bit silent here lately.  But that doesn’t mean that the Sovereign Grace Ministries dramas have taken a break for the summer.  Guy and I have been pretty busy with all sorts of family events, so I haven’t had the time to blog, but I continue to correspond behind the scenes with a number of people who all have their own stories to tell.  Some of these stories may be featured here soon.  In the meantime, here are a few other reader-submitted items for your consideration…

  1. From someone in San Diego comes the following:
     
    SGM West Coast — or whatever they call themselves — recently had this big “Together” conference thingy here in SD.  All the CA and AZ churches or something like that.  It was supposed to be at the UCSD campus in La Jolla.  We were curious to see what it’d be like, so we drove up there on Sunday morning.  There was supposed to be some meeting at 9, 9:30, around there.  It’s a short drive for us, maybe 10 minutes. 
     
    But Kris, we drove ALL around that campus and saw nothing and no one.  Well, no one who looked Jesus-y anyway.  (Just some soccer hoodlums playing that most American of games on the birthday of our country.)  There was no signage pointing the way.  They were NOT meeting at any of the main auditoriums, not that we could see, anyway.  It seemed strange to us only because it seemed like they didn’t WANT outsiders to find them.  I mean, if I wanted to go and was new to SGM or considering an SGM, I would not have been able to find them on that campus.  The info out there on the sites was very vague — “at UCSD.”  No address.  No building name.  Nothing.  It’s as if you had to be on their email list and if you weren’t, if you’re an outsider, forget it.  Or if you don’t attend a regular Sunday “meeting,” you would not have been privy to the information.
     
    Do you think this kind of secrecy is deliberate?  Do they not want “outsiders” attending these meetings?  
     
  2. Then, another reader wondered if I could post an entry specifically on the subject of NEPOTISM within SGM.  This reader cited personal knowledge of how the offspring of SGM pastors/leaders have been made into leaders, often with little evidence that they are ready for such responsibility.
     
  3. And finally, many of you have written me to discuss the following video, which came out of the recent “Resolved” conference.  (Jonathan Rourke is on staff at John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church, where, according to his bio, “he serves as the pastor of Mainstream, a fellowship group for all ages.  He is also the elder over administration, conferences, and Logos Equipping Ministries.”)
     
    Jonathan Rourke as CJ Mahaney from Resolved on Vimeo.