A Pastor’s Reflections on the Meeting of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Synod

An assessment of the 2014 ARP Synod meeting

The final two chapters in the ARP version of the Westminster Confession, adopted in the early twentieth century to emphasize the role of the Holy Spirit and to soften the Calvinism of the Confession, were mercifully removed in a near-unanimous voice vote after no discussion (!). The matter now goes to the presbyteries for their consideration.  ... Continue Reading

Rev. Jamie Hunt Voted Moderator-elect for ARP 2015 Synod

The Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church met at June 10-11, 2014

At the conclusion of the Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP), Rev. Jamie Hunt was elected as Moderator-elect for the 2015 Synod. Hunt is pastor of Coddle Creek ARP Church, Mooresville, N.C., and will be retiring in three weeks after serving there for 33 years. Rev. Boyce Wilson nominated Hunt for Moderator-elect. “We... Continue Reading

ARP Synod Approves Removing Two Chapters and a Note from Its Version of the Confession

The ARP Synod votes to amend its version of the Westminster Confession by removing Chapters 34, Chapter 35, and the appended note “(b)”to Chapter 3

At its June 11, 2014 meeting, the Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP) unanimously approved the recommendations of its study committee to amend their version of the Westminster Confession of Faith by removing Chapters 34, Of the Holy Spirit, and Chapter 35, Of the Gospel, along with the appended note “(b)”to Chapter 3,... Continue Reading

Failing the Faith Test at Erskine

Potential candidate for president of Erskine College withdraws over objections that he is a Baptist

The candidate believed he could meet those standards. Cliff Smith, a spokesman for Erskine, declined to name the candidate, but said that he withdrew because, based on “the views of some board members and church members, he felt he would be in the position of creating tension or dissension and further conflict” at the college... Continue Reading

Grateful Realism: A Response to Clint Davis’ Review of the ARP General Synod

Along with gratitude the ARP should celebrate there is also a sober realism that must be faced

The much-celebrated vote to reclaim Synod’s rights to remove Erskine Board members with cause, as well as the solid slate of new trustees which were elected, should indeed encourage all who believe the schools, both college and seminary, are agencies of the Church.  However, as necessary as these steps are, it must be remembered that the... Continue Reading

Reflections on the 2013 ARP Synod: The ARP in the Present and Future

An assessment of the 2013 ARP Synod

The ARP has a rich and storied heritage in the faith. This blessed heritage is a direct result of the faithfulness of God, which he has demonstrated time and time again to us over the past 200+ years. He was present with our Scottish forefathers as they sought the reformation of the church in Scotland.... Continue Reading

Reflections on the 2013 General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

An assessment of the 2013 ARP Synod meeting

The 2013 meeting of General Synod was a very good one. I can safely say it was one of the best meetings of Synod that I have ever attended. Many good things are happening in the ARP Church, and theologically we are trending in the right direction. If we can overcome our mistakes, I expect... Continue Reading

ARP Synod: Concluding Business

Moderator Kingswood’s efficient leadership combined with a relative lack of contentious issues brought Synod to a close in record time

Synod’s Committee on Inter-Church Relations recommended that the ARP Synod extend an invitation to the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America (RPCNA) to hold concurrent synods at Bonclarkin in 2015. Both synods would conduct business in separate facilities in Bonclarkin, but the worship services would be conducted together and opportunities for fellowship would be built... Continue Reading

ARP Synod: RUF at Newberry College

An exciting new ministry opportunity in Newberry, South Carolina

RUF Newberry is slated to begin ministry on January 1, 2014, after TE Starkey transfers his credentials to Second Presbytery. This has been exciting not only for Newberry ARP, but also for the presbytery. It is no secret that Second Presbytery has been badly divided over Erskine-related issues for going on eight years now, but... Continue Reading

A Challenge from ARP Moderator Jeff Kingswood to Synod

The ARP Moderator challenges his church to be a confessional church

Brothers, the way to reform in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church is not through programs or politics.  The way to reformation is principled confessional Presbyterianism in action.  The meat and potatoes of the faith.  The truth of God’s Word. Horatius Bonar continues: “Let us honour the truth as God has done, as His apostles did,... Continue Reading