The RPCNA & ARP Synods: A Family Reunion of Churches

The Synods of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church met concurrently at the Bonclarken Conference Center in North Carolina.

This meeting served as something of a family reunion of churches that have been separated as they are since 1782. We have rich theological similarities, a shared history (evidenced by many shared surnames), and similar visions for ministry that tie us more closely than other denominations. Most of all, we have an organic union in... Continue Reading

ARP and RPCNA Synods Meet Concurrently

The Synods met concurrently at the ARP Bonclarken conference grounds in Flat Rock, NC

I like to think of our goals in two areas. First, we have a goal of celebrating the unity that we already have in Christ. And second, we have a goal of furthering our relationship with the ARP church by promoting dialogue and interaction on a variety of levels. To be clear, this is not... Continue Reading

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