ARPTalk 132 – Trustees Petition for a "Called" Meeting of the Erskine Board

ARPTalk 132 – Trustees Petition for a “Called” Meeting of the Erskine Board

After the meeting of General Synod, on June 15 and in response to the actions of General Synod, three members of the Erskine board (two laymen and a minister) sent e-mails to Chairman Ron Vigus asking for a “called” meeting of the board. The particulars for the call are three: …

ARPTalk 131 – General Synod Was a Surprise!

ARPTalk 131 – General Synod Was a Surprise!

I have been attending General Synods since 1973. This meeting of Synod was an outstanding experience. I attribute this to Moderator William’s work in the background. Longstanding wounds are healing. Brothers who were pulling in different directions are pulling together. I was surprised! I went home encouraged!

ARPTalk 130 – It’s a Butt Fumble!!

ARPTalk 130 – It’s a Butt Fumble!!

Football at Erskine is dead — again!! It was a “butt fumble” by President Paul Kooistra and Vice President for Athletic Mark Peeler. Kooistra and his athletic braintrust pulled out all the stops in their full-court press for football. He failed.

ARPTalk 129 – Who Actually Runs Erskine?

ARPTalk 129 – Who Actually Runs Erskine?

Presently, the situation at Erskine is a Turkish bazaar of the kooky. In the words of Patrick McManus, it is “a fine and pleasant misery.” Erskine CFO Greg Haselden is a Roman Catholic who says he is an “evangelical. Roman Catholicism and Protestant evangelicalism are about as compatible as water and fire.

ARPTalk 128 – The King Is Desperate!

ARPTalk 128 – The King Is Desperate!

Counting on football for Erskine is an act of desperation. Without blushing, King Kooistra admits he has no other plan. It is like he is in a poker game and desperately trying to save the family farm by going for broke. He is drawing to an inside straight flush. Good luck! The odds for success are “about 1.4 thousandth of a per cent”

ARPTalk 127 – Bring in the Clowns

ARPTalk 127 – Bring in the Clowns

Clowns are associated with circuses, birthday parties, and fun. However, a clown wears a mask, and not only does the mask hide the clown’s identity, the mask also hides the clown’s intentions. Recent events in Due West involving Erskine Seminary are similar to a circus parade of clowns.

ARPTalk 126 – The Three Amigos of Due West (Part Two: Heaven Help Us! They Still Ride!!)

ARPTalk 126 – The Three Amigos of Due West (Part Two: Heaven Help Us! They Still Ride!!)

A petition from the faculty of Erskine Theological Seminary was sent to members of the Erskine board and the General Synod of the ARP Church asking for the separation of the seminary from the college as soon as possible. What would trigger such an action from the seminary faculty? This article continues the unfolding story.

ARPTalk 125 – The Three Amigos of Due West (Part One)

ARPTalk 125 – The Three Amigos of Due West (Part One)

Erskine College & Seminary was founded to educate college and seminary students to the glory of God. It appears the Three Amigos of Due West are attempting to turn Erskine College from a “gospel enterprise” to a sports-entertainment enterprise. Yes, Erskine may grow to 700 students, but at what cost?

ARPTalk 124 – Incomplete Forward Pass: Analysis of the Erskine Board Meeting

ARPTalk 124 – Incomplete Forward Pass: Analysis of the Erskine Board Meeting

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?

ARPTalk 123 – Kooistra’s “Hail, Mary”

ARPTalk 123 – Kooistra’s “Hail, Mary”

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?

ARPTalk 122 – Decimation of Erskine Seminary: Interview with Dr. Chris Wisdom, former Erskine Seminary VP

ARPTalk 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?

ARPTalk 121 – The Challenges of 2016 for Erskine College & Seminary

ARPTalk 121 – The Challenges of 2016 for Erskine College & 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!

ARPTalk 120 – Congratulations to Paul Kooistra: President, Erskine College

ARPTalk 120 – Congratulations to Paul Kooistra: President, Erskine College

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?

ARPTalk 119 – The October Meeting of the Erskine Board: Not Much Has Changed!

ARPTalk 119 – The October Meeting of the Erskine Board: Not Much Has Changed!

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.”

ARPTalk 118 – The Most Important Part of the Worship Service

ARPTalk 118 – The Most Important Part of the Worship Service

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…

ARPTalk 117 – Christosecularism

ARPTalk 117 – Christosecularism

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.

ARPTalk Email #29 – Crenshaw Has Lost!!!

ARPTalk Email #29 – Crenshaw Has Lost!!!

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!

ARPTalk 116 – Mediocrity Continues

ARPTalk 116 – Mediocrity Continues

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.

ARPTalk Email #28 – Crenshaw Hasn’t Won!!!

ARPTalk Email #28 – Crenshaw Hasn’t Won!!!

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.

ARPTalk 115 – The Supreme Court on Same-Sex Marriage – I've Been Slimed!

ARPTalk 115 – The Supreme Court on Same-Sex Marriage – I’ve Been Slimed!

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.”