ARPTalk – Issue 14

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Welcome to the fourteenth (14th) issue of ARPTalk. Featured in ARPTalk(14) are the following articles:

  • (14.1) LETTERS AND THINGS – a letter by Erskine College student, Mr. Jay Brantner, “A Letter We Needed to Read”
  • (14.2) A CHRONICLE OF THE LONG FAILURE OF GENERAL SYNOD TO OVERSEE ERSKINE COLLEGE AND SEMINARY, (1976 – 2008)

The first article is a letter from an Erskine student, Mr. Jay Brantner. Mr. Brantner is a senior math major. He joins fellow students, Mr. Daniel Stephens and Mr. Scott Cook, in registering complaints regarding the lack of evangelical Christian understanding and commitment on the part of the Erskine administrative and faculty. Particularly, Mr. Brantner’s letter is an “Amen” to Mr. Stephens’ letter in ARPTalk(11).

“A Chronicle of the Long Failure of General Synod to Oversee Erskine College and Seminary (1976 – 2008)” is an article written by the Editor. The timeframe, 1976 – 2008, coincides with the Editor’s ministry in the ARPC. 1976 is not the first year that the Editor attended a meeting of the General Synod; however, 1976 is the year of the Editor’s ordination, and the 1976 General Synod is the first meeting of the General Synod that the Editor attended as a voting delegate. The Editor’s research of the Minutes of General Synod, 1976-2008, is a painful study of lassitude and inaction on the part of General Synod and rebellion and disingenuousness on the part of EC/ETS. The chronicling of this history is long and very troubling. The reading of this history is only for “mature” ARPs who love the ARPC and EC/ETS.

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  1. Understanding the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church & Its Relation to Erskine Seminary « Johannes Weslianus says:

    [...] Partly because the 1979 statement had not been explicit in its use of “inerrancy” (though that was clearly the intent of the statement) and partly because the denomination did not enforce the 1979 statement, those who did not hold to inerrancy were allowed to remain in the denomination, and some of them came on staff at Erskine. When the 2008 statement was adopted, this caused some backlash from professors at Erskine who do not hold to inerrancy, as well as ministers who had been allowed to resist the 1979 statement. One such minister was Dr. Randall Ruble, who also had become President of Erskine. The 1979 dissenters, who had become entrenched at Erskine, had also ignored the Synod’s directives for approximately thirty years. Rev. Charles Wilson (who blogs at arptalk.org) documented the long history of Synod directing Erskine to do something. Erskine would then ignore the Synod’s directives. In the following years, someone at Synod would then complain that Erskine had not obeyed the directives of Synod. Synod would then form an investigatory committee, who would look into the allegations of Erskine not following the Synod’s directives. The committee would report back to a subsequent Synod, who would then direct Erskine to follow the directives of Synod. Erskine would ignore the new directives, and the whole cycle would begin again. To see Rev. Wilson’s chronology of the interaction of Erskine and the Synod, see “A CHRONICLE OF THE LONG FAILURE OF GENERAL SYNOD TO OVERSEE ERSKINE COLLEGE AND SEMINARY, (1976–2008)” in the PDF available here. [...]