The last issue of ARPTalk, “Kooistra’s ‘Hail, Mary,’” must have hit a nerve in Due West. Instead of presenting the case for an Erskine football program and asking the board’s approval (as was anticipated), President Kooistra pulled back. In uncertainty, he said he just wanted to talk about football. Was he indicating that football was not a “Hail, Mary,” but just a forward pass?
When Paul Kooistra was hired as the President of Erskine College & Seminary, he was hired to return Erskine to her roots as a Christian Liberal Arts college with a reputation for academic integrity and excellence. Instead, what do we get? We get football presented as the Messiah for all financial woes! Is this a “Hail, Mary” pass of desperation?
ARTPTalk 122 – Decimation of Erskine Seminary: Interview with Dr. Chris Wisdom, former Erskine Seminary VP
This article chronicles a series of institutional decimations over the last ten years carried out against Erskine Seminary by a college-driven Erskine College & Seminary administration after 177 years of service to the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. What does the future hold for the Erskine seminary?
The new year has begun well for Erskine College & Seminary. What does 2016 portend for financial disclosure at Erskine? More of the same? A new page? I do not know!
Congratulations and a tip of the hat are due to President Paul Kooistra of Erskine College & Seminary. He was somehow able to talk the SACS people into removing the sanction of probation on Erskine. He is a magician! What else can he pull out of his hat?
FDR’s once intoned, “Four years ago we were drowning in the waters of a great depression. Today, we are still drowning; but we have learned to breathe under water.” Well, that is the story being told at Erskine — they have learned to breathe under water financially. And as baseball’s philosopher Yogi Berra coined it, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”
I love communing with Christ in the Lord’s Supper, sacred music, inspired Biblical teaching and preaching, and the rest of Christian worship. And it’s hard, and maybe foolish, to attempt choosing what part of a worship service is “most important.” I wonder…
Christopaganism attempts to merge Christianity with non-Christian religions. It is syncretism. Christosecularism is a denial and rejection of the Christ of the Bible who calls for a life of obedient discipleship that goes against the tide of the mores of secular society. It offers peace with God when there is no peace.
Let a requiem mass be played for Dr. William Crenshaw’s attempt to sue Erskine College & Seminary. The controversial professor had hoped for a big bang but got only a whimper and a thud. At first, it looked as though an Abbeville, SC, jury had awarded Crenshaw a $600,000 settlement. Now it looks as though Judge “Bubba” has burst Bill’s bubble and all that is left is a requiem for a dream!
The August meeting of the Erskine board last Thursday, August 6, probably set the record for the fastest board meeting in Erskine’s long history. According to sources, the meeting was like a good paint job over rotten wood. The paint over the deck was glossy and looked nice-and-clean, but one knew that one should walk gingerly on the deck lest it gave way to a fall. In other words, the mediocrity that Erskine College and Seminary has become continues.
The news coming out of the courthouse in Abbeville, SC, is surprising. Former Erskine College professor Bill Crenshaw HASN’T won his lawsuit against Erskine College — or, at least, not yet. The judge has overturned the jury’s verdict and ordered a new trial.
The experience of reading the ruling of the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage is like being a character in a scene in a Ghostbusters movie. I’ve been Slimed! Justice Scalia put it best: “The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.”
ARPTalk 114 – Analysis of the 2015 General Synod of the ARP Church: All’s Fine but a Hurricane’s Coming!
For the first time, the synods of the ARP Church and the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) met concurrently at Bonclarken, and, in my opinion, it was a success. Later this year, the same-sex marriage issue will be brought before before the Supreme Court and we have made no plans for the cultural hurricane that will come upon us.
An Abbeville, SC, jury found for the plaintiff in the case of Dr. William Crenshaw v. Erskine College. Going forward, what does this mean?
Well, the Erskine board met on May 28 and 29, and the news coming out of Due West is that, like a family reunion, “a good time was had by all.” It was a well managed meeting by President Kooistra and his leadership team, and nothing controversial was engaged. According to President Kooistra, the problem at Erskine is a spiritual problem: “People do not love one another.” In my opinion, this is political mongering in order to obscure!
The long and hard-earned academic reputation of Erskine College as a top shelf liberal arts college has been lost, and Erskine is now a jock college where most students are athletes. The discouragement on the faculty is palpable. Recruitment continues to be problematic. The divide between the seminary and the MEDCOM program continues.
The backdrop of the new policy on human sexuality at Erskine College & Seminary and the resulting outrage across the United States sets the stage for this article. The word “Christian” has a historical context. The only way one can legitimately find the meaning of “Christian” is to ask what did “Christian” mean in the Bible and how did the early church leaders define “Christian” in the historic creeds.
ARPTalk 110 – Is There Hope for Erskine Becoming a Decidedly Evangelical Christian College & Seminary?
The title of this article, as it poses my question, laments Erskine’s past. I am 69 years old, and in spite of all the political spin from multiple administrations and boards to the contrary, I do not ever remember a time when Erskine has been functionally a decidedly evangelical Christian educational institution of the ARP Church.
Well, another Erskine board meeting has taken place, and the news coming out of Due West is like a “Bad News/Good News” joke. As one who is committed to reporting on things ARP, my desire is one day to write an article on Erskine that is 100% positive. But this is not that day.
Where has the time gone? Five years ago we were on the cusp of the “Snow” Synod. It was an unprecedented event. It was a “called” meeting of our synod to deal with nagging and longstanding problems at Erskine College & Seminary — problems which are still nagging and longstanding.