Thoughts on the ARP Special Committee on Women Deacons Study
What I would propose, therefore, is that our currently ordained deaconesses be “grandmothered” in and that we stop ordaining deaconesses as of January 2025.
I realize that this compromise solution will not satisfy those who honestly believe that the Bible teaches that women should be ordained to the office of deacon, nor will it satisfy those who believe that keeping existing female deacons in their office is a scandal, but it is simply impossible to propose a solution to... Continue Reading
The ARP Session’s Authority and Responsibility Concerning Public Corporate Worship
An overview of Session’s authority regarding a congregation’s public corporate worship in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
How should the Session deal with these providential hinderances? When dealing with such rare and unavoidable circumstances, the Session must clearly be guided by biblical wisdom and principles, objective certainties, and sound reasoning, and not by speculation, worldly wisdom, and unsupported fear. The Session should lean on what is “known” rather than what is “unknown”... Continue Reading
A Report of The 217th ARP General Synod Meeting
The 217th General Synod meeting of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church was held at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, June 8-10, 2021.
Mr. Bill McKay, an elder at Grace Presbyterian Church in Woodstock, Ontario is the Moderator Elect. Reverend Lee Shelnutt made the motion saying what a dear friend McKay is. McKay is a member of the World Witness Board, Clerk of Session at Grace, and Clerk of the Canadian Presbytery. He is retired from a printing... Continue Reading
ARP Synod Statement On Human Sexuality
The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Position Statement on Human Sexuality; approved by the 2019 Synod.
Turning now to the more central question asked of the committee in regards to human sexuality and GLBTQ+ orientations it is shown by the Confession and Catechisms, as it already was illustrated by the Scriptures, that there is no sense in which any sin, be they of a sexual kind or not, can be rested... Continue Reading
Christian activists booted from Seattle coffee shop: ‘I’m gay. You have to leave’
“Are you denying us service?” Mr. Davis asked.
This incident comes as the U.S. Supreme Court gears up to take the case of Jack Philliips, the Christian baker who was ordered by the the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to serve wedding cake to LGBT couples — or none at all. The high court agreed in June to hear the case this fall. A Christian... Continue Reading
An Overview of the 2017 ARP General Synod: “The Lord Showed Up and Showed Out!“
One Commissioner’s assessment on the 2017 of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian General Synod.
I am a realist. Our doctrine of sin says sin happens. One glorious meeting of Synod is not a cure-all. It is only a beginning. We expect hard days ahead. We expect failures and sins. But we also expect grace-days when “the Lord shows up and shows out.” Indeed, when leaders of our institutions transparently... Continue Reading
ARP Synod Approves Report On Race Relations
At its June 7-9, 2016 the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Synod approved a Report On Race Relations
The Theological & Social Concerns Committee of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church presented an extensive report at the Synod, which met June 7-9, 2016, on the issue race relations and the ARP. In addition, the following motion was also approved overwhelmingly: “We, the General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, do confess the sinful... Continue Reading
Erskine Seminary Faculty Asks Board to Separate the College and the Seminary
The faculty of the Erskine Theological Seminary voted unanimously to adopt two petitions requesting the board to act on separating the college and seminary, and adjusting salary and compensation.
The first petition was approved by the faculty on March 10, and was addressed to the members of the Erskine board as well as the Moderator of the General Synod of the ARP. It requests the board “to facilitate the separation of the college and the seminary as soon as possible.” The second petition was... Continue Reading
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