ARPTalk 140 – Drain the Swamp!

 

drowned ratRecently, a number of folks have asked me when I was going to write another article for ARPTalk. Well, the time is now!

There are a number of reasons I have been slow with my words — and especially with regard to Erskine: (1) a time of silence was needed; (2) I wanted to give Acting President Rob Gustafson time to implement a vision — an opportunity to succeed; and, (3) as I was reading Isaiah, I came upon verse 42.3 (which is also found in Matthew 12.29) which speaks of not breaking a bruised reed or quenching a smoking flax.

At this time, my operating principle regarding President Gustafson is he is a genuinely good man who measures up to the challenges of the job before him. He is also an Associate Reformed Presbyterian who loves the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

When Donald Trump was campaigning for the presidency of the USA, one of his campaign mottos was “Drain the Swamp!” Now that Mr. Trump is President Trump, can he do it? Well, I hope so!

The situation in Due West for President Gustafson is similar to the one in Washington. That is, there is a swamp which is in need of and overdue for draining. The difference is the Due West swamp is much smaller than the Washington swamp. This also means the opportunity for a successful swamp draining is much greater for President Gustafson. The number of personalities involved are well intrenched but not so many as to be dauntingly impossible. So, can President Gustafson drain the Due West swamp? I hope so!

February Board Meeting

The February meeting of the Erskine Board was interesting but not too eventful. The following recounts some of the significant items which were before the board.

ONE, the ad hoc committee which was appointed by former President Paul Kooistra (and which was supposed to consider the separation of the seminary from the college) was dissolved. This was a positive move! The hidden agenda behind the formation of the ad hoc committee was the closing of the Due West campus, moving the seminary to Columbia, and denuding the seminary of the Due West faculty. Nevertheless, the questions of moving the seminary to Greenville and the separation of the seminary from the college are ongoing. I know of no one at the seminary who is openly in favor of the seminary remaining in Due West.

TWO, it was reported the discount rate at the college is 74%, an all-time high. When I was on the board (1998-2004), we were doing cartwheels and summersaults over a discount rate of 50%. We heard dire warnings of troubles with SACS and possible collapse of the institution. Well, a discount rate of 74% is an existential threat to Erskine’s existence. With a discount rate of 74%, Erskine will never get away from the scrutiny of the auditors of SACS. The discount rate of 74% is not President Gustafson’s making; however, having inherited it from his predecessor (and from the folks on the “Leadership Team” he also inherited), it is his challenge to resolve.

THREE, as to be expected, the FTE is down to about 580. Certainly, it is now general knowledge the idea of a football program is dead, resulting in the loss of a number of students. The changes and challenges now of moving from an athletic model of recruitment and returning to an academic model will be painful for several years; nevertheless, the return to an academic model portends health for the future.

FOUR, from Freshman to Senior, the retention rate is about 60%. The remedy for this is recruiting students who can do more than simply read and write, add and subtract, and play a sport. The remedy is recruiting students who are both an academic and mission fit. By the way, the good news is the folks involved in the Presidential Scholarship program report the ACT and SAT averages of applicants are significantly better this year.

FIVE, in early February, the Endowment was reported at about $32,000,000. I am sure when most of the folks at Erskine woke up and discovered Donald Trump was POTUS the atmosphere in Due West was funerally. However, since the “Trump Rally” of the DOW, I am also sure the folks who are dealing with investments are singing “Happy days are here again!” I do not know what the endowment is today (3.1.2017), but, if it is not up significantly, the people charged with managing Erskine’s investments should be fired and run out of town on a rail.

SIX, (appointed by President Gustafson at the first of the year) Provost of the Seminary Dr. Leslie Holmes reported the seminary has a 20% increase in the seminary’s FTE for this spring (that is, 17 students over the spring of 2016). At first glance, this increase does not seem significant. Remember the seminary was left unattended by former President Paul Kooistra. Advertisement and recruitment for the seminary were assiduously avoided by Kooistra and Cliff Smith, the Vice
President of Communications. One can expect to see this changed immediately by Dr. Holmes. He will promote the seminary widely and find resources for advertising. Dr. Holmes is a minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Dr. Holmes loves the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Dr. Holmes does not just work for Erskine Seminary, he loves Erskine Seminary. We can expect many positive changes.

SEVEN, as per an arrangement with former President Paul Kooistra, Dr. Brad Christie has resigned his position as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (that is, Academic Dean) and has taken a well earned sabbatical. In a reconfiguring of the office of Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Christie has been replaced by Dr. John Basie, who, on March 13, will assume his positions as the Provost of the College and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Ethics.

EIGHT, I am hearing there is a significant increase in interest from and applications by students who are Associate Reformed Presbyterians. I hope this continues, and, in the near future, I hope one is unable to cross the street in Due West without running into an Associate Reformed Presbyterian.

Provost of the College, Dr. John Basie

A week after the meeting of the board, President Gustafson announced Dr. John Basie is the new Provost of the College. I am a bit hesitant to speak well of Dr. Basie. I do not want to harm him. Nevertheless, Readers of ARPTalk are aware I know most of the people who are connected to the Associate Reformed/Erskine world. It is not a large community. And many of you are aware my motto is “Have Phone Will Talk!”

I knew Dr. Basie when he was a student at Erskine. (1) With a MA in philosophy and ethics from Biola University, (2) with a PhD in church-state studies from Baylor University, (3) as a former Dean of Enrollment Management at Columbia International University (Columbian, SC), (4) as an Affiliate Scholar with the John Jay Institute, (5) as a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, and (6) with his connection to Chick-fil-A as the founding Director of the Impact 360 Institute which is connected to Union University (TN), Dr. Basie’s credentials as an evangelical scholar and an up-and-rising leader in the evangelical world are impeccable. My concern for him is that his tenure at Erskine does not derail his career. With his church background as an Associate Reformed Presbyterian (and his expected return to the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church), he is a perfect mission fit.

Obviously, the above is an endorsement. However, as John will attest, he knows what it is to look across a table and debate me. We do not always agree. John knows what it is to face me as an adversary. We have walked away from each other upset and in disagreement. Nevertheless, I honor and respect Dr. John Basie. May God give him convictions framed by the Truth of the Scriptures, wisdom gathered from the Proverbs, a backbone of steel, and a heart filled with the Holy Spirit.

Erskine Seminary

Over the years, the conjoined relationship between Erskine College and Erskine Seminary has proven unhealthy for both. The only thing a college and a seminary have in common is they are both educational institutions. In the last 20 years, the college has been bolstered by financial resources out of the seminary’s treasury. Year-after-year, the seminary has sent $600,000 or more to the college for auxiliary services and received very little in return. Six hundred thousand dollars to the college for auxiliary services is outrageous.

For example, when I was on the board, we spent an extraordinary amount of time discussing a climbing wall. During the climbing wall discussions, (as I remember) the only one to ask how the climbing wall would benefit the seminary was me. Among the students at the seminary and the faculty members, I did not hear anyone asking for a climbing wall, nor were congresses of prayer formed pleading to God for a climbing wall. Nevertheless, the consensus of the board was “Build That Wall,” and we built that wall. To this day, I ask: how did that wall benefit the seminary?

Once again, the conjoined relationship between the college and seminary is harmful to both. As soon as possible, Erskine Seminary needs to relocate to Greenville, SC. As soon as possible, Erskine Seminary needs its own board, President, and administration. As soon as possible, the seminary needs to be reorganized and reconfigured as the seminary of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

The Erskine financial guru CFO/COO Greg Haselden says the college cannot survive without monies from the seminary. Such a statement from Haselden is odd, for he seems to have acted in concert with Kooistra in attempting to close the seminary. How is it Haselden now says the college cannot survive more than two years without the seminary? Will the real Greg Haselden stand up!?! Nevertheless, I partly agree with Haselden. The college as it is now configured athletically with a 74% discount rate needs the resources of the seminary.

Nevertheless, there is a new spirit at the seminary: (1) the Provost of the Seminary is an Associate Reformed Presbyterian who knows how to lead; (2) the Erskine President is a friend and not an enemy of the seminary; (3) Dr. Dale Johnson has been restored to the faculty; (4) efforts are underway to rectify the draconian slashes in salaries which were imposed by Kooistra; (5) the seminary now has it own people in charge of recruiting; (6) monies have been allocated for advertising; (7) classes are scheduled for this summer in Greenville at the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Center; (8) plans are under consideration for moving the seminary to Greenville; (9) the faculty desires a closer relationship with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church; (10) (and lest I overstate) most of the members of the faculty desire the relocation of the seminary to Greenville and separation from the college; and (11) the seminary’s financial status is improving (and would improve considerably faster if a fairer cost for auxiliary services was re-negotiated with Belk Hall).

Draining the Swamp

It is time to drain the Due West swamp. It has sat stagnant long enough!

A well-known secret in Due West is most of the folks at Erskine College have no love for or loyalty to the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. As one Erskinite said to me: “Chuck, don’t you know they hate the church.” Well, if they are so good and so smart, why do they not get another job with an institution to which they can love and be loyal?

What do we know about the Due West swamp? Who is responsible for the financial crisis? Who is responsible for jettisoning the academic model of recruitment for an athletic model of recruitment that has seen academic integrity fall like a rock off a cliff? Who is responsible for Associate Reformed Presbyterian parents of college age students losing confidence in Erskine and looking elsewhere for a college for their children? Who has sat idly by and watched the distrust of and divide with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church continue and grow without attempting to ameliorate the situation?

I do not hold President Gustafson responsible; he is new to his job. I do not hold Provost of the Seminary Dr. Leslie Holmes responsible; he was hired in January. I do not hold Provost of the College Dr. John Basie responsible; he does not assume his position until March 13. I do not hold Chairman of the Board Mr. Sam James responsible; he has been Chairman for less than a year.

Who are the denizens of the swamp? Who are those with longevity in Due West? Who are those who speak ill of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church? Who are those who work against the mission of Erskine as it was set by the
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church? Who are the swamp rats? The swamp rats need to go! Where there is a swamp filled with swamp rats, the environment is not healthy! The swamp needs to be drained!

Let me state the obvious: (1) the President of Erskine is an Associate Reformed Presbyterian and is decidedly evangelical; (2) the Provost of the Seminary is an Associate Reformed Presbyterian who is decidedly evangelical; (3) the Provost of the College was an Associate Reformed Presbyterian (and will be so again and soon) and is decidedly evangelical; (4) the Chairman of the Board is an Associate Reformed Presbyterian and is decidedly evangelical; and (5) the Erskine Chaplain is an Associate Reformed Presbyterian and is decidedly evangelical. Gentlemen, it is time to drain the swamp and get rid of the swamp rats!!

These are my thoughts,

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Charles W. Wilson

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  1. 6 (a) He’s got a delightful Ulster brogue. The Rev’d Dr Holmes is a good man.

    All of them seem to be, which portends good things.

     
  2. Chuck Wilson says:

    Dear Drew Collins,

    Thanks for the comments.

    Yes, Drew, they are good men who are “churchmen.”

    As they say in sports, the ball is now in their court! Shoot, boys, shoot!!!

    Regares,

    Chuck Wilson
    ARPTalk

     
  3. Sarah says:

    As a student of Erskine, I would like you to know, I do not appreciate being considered part of the “swamp” you are trying to drain. I just finished my sophomore year here at Erskine, but I would not be considered ‘mission fit’ or ARP. LET ME BE CLEAR: I do not discriminate against ARP children, because I have some wonderful friends that are. However, I also know people that are and are by all means the most unfriendly people here. What you fail to see is that it is everywhere. It doesn’t matter who you are. I would, however, consider myself to be an erskinite. Erskine is my home, and I know that the Lord brought me here for a reason, but if that reason isn’t ARP then is it really good enough? Is God’s calling on my life still not enough?

    It’s funny, really, because I am serving as the Student Body President for the next school year, and yet some people still consider me not good enough to even be at the institution I am at. Wow. What a shock to me. I am serving in a position of power, but because I am ‘just a christian’ it doesn’t really count.

    Here’s something else I thought you might like to know: College students struggle enough already with the opinions of this world. Depression and Anxiety rates are high among college age students, and yet if that is not enough, why not have the institution they attend tell them they are not good enough either? Makes sense, right? No? Well that’s basically what you have decided for us. So, as someone who also struggles with self worth, depression, and anxiety, thank you for reminding me that my identity isn’t found in my relationship with Jesus, but in my denomination. I appreciate it. And thank you for your genuine concern for Erskine Students, wanting to succeed and all. President Kooistra may not have been your pick, but what you fail to also recognize is that he made a point to know the students. He didn’t ask me my name ten times, and he didn’t ask me what I was involved with, he made the effort to know. He put forth the effort to CARE and SHOW GRACE to students who needed the hands and feet of Jesus. And so does Buddy Ferguson. If I had to address one person on this campus who exemplifies the Body of Christ, it would most Certainly be Buddy. You can disagree all you want, but no one else cares for students with such love and service in their hearts. No one else has been the good Samaritan like Buddy has. In the midst of my brokenness and bondage, Buddy didn’t beat me with a Bible and throw stones like the rest of the Pharisees. Buddy made sure that I knew it is okay to not be okay, but it is not okay to stay that way. There has never been a person to truly point students to Christ as well as him in my time here.

    I completely understand your position, and I am not hating it. I just ask that you pray for the students at Erskine, that you REMIND THEM and RESET YOUR MISSION to welcome them with open hearts, a lot like the father and the prodigal son. Remember how important Grace is. We are 18-22 year olds, we need it. Remember you’re a college, and you represent the face of the ARP denomination. Why not show students how loving the God of the universe is, that made them in His image and set them apart to be at Erskine at a specific point in time just to hear and see the Gospel, rather than seeing how else the world defines them?

    Just food for thought.

     
  4. Chuck Wilson says:

    Dear Sarah,

    Thanks for the comment.

    Regards,

    Chuck Wilson
    ARPTalk

     
  5. Jacob DeLuca says:

    Wonderful comment, Sarah! You are such a shinning light to the Erskine student body, and I am thrilled to know you will be serving as Student Body President! I agree with your comments… but my advice to you and your fellow Erskine students is to stay away from this negative website. Chuck is a man filled with great sadness, and you should not let his spiteful words upset you. I remember periodically reading some of his articles when I was a student at Erskine and I would get very upset. It’s best to just stay away. You are filled with so much love and joy. It’s one of my favorite things about you! Please don’t allow anyone (especially someone as malicious as Chuck) to steal that joy! Again, I’m so excited for you and the new position you hold at Erskine as Student Body President.. I know you are going to do amazing things! :)

     
  6. Chuck Wilson says:

    Dear Jacob DeLuca,

    It has been a long time since I approved a comment by you for posting on ARPTalk. It would have been easier for you to send a text message or an email to Sarah if you wanted to encourage her than to use, what you call, “this negative website.”

    BTW, both you and Sarah need to reread my article. Not a single negative word is written about students.

    Regards,

    Chuck Wilson
    ARPTalk

     
    • Sarah says:

      There’s nothing negative about students? You called us swamp rats.

       
      • Chuck Wilson says:

        Dear Sarah,

        Thanks for the comment.

        Sarah, did you reread the article? My article does not comment on students, positively or negatively. You have misread your emotions into the article.

        I suggest you take the advice of Jacob DeLuca and “stay away from this negative website.” As he says, I am a “man filled with great sadness, and you should not let his spiteful words upset you. I remember periodically reading some of his articles when I was a student at Erskine and I would get very upset. It’s best to just stay away.” Remember, according to Jacob, I am “malicious.”

        BTW, there was something Jacob forgot to mention: when he came up short and needed financial help, he called me for help. I helped.

        Once again, I wrote nothing negative about students — nothing about students being “swamp rats.”

        Thanks for posting the article on FACEBOOK.

        Regards,

        Chuck Wilson
        ARPTalk

         
        • Rachel Zehr says:

          Why are you posting private information about Jacob? That is not your right to disclose to anyone.

           
          • Chuck Wilson says:

            Dear Rachel Zehr,

            Thanks for your comment.

            Are you for real?

            Regards,

            Chuck Wilson
            ARPTalk

             
            • Dominique Choe says:

              As an adult who posted his opinion on the internet, I am shocked with how you are responding to students of Erskine practicing their freedom of speech through posting their comments by putting personal information about Jacob. You may have not explicitly written about students but you are writing about the atmosphere and students make up a majority of that atmosphere. Also, dragging Dr. Kooistra’s name through the mud is not going to help anything. Yes, as students there is a lot of information that we are not privy to, but at least Dr. Kooistra knew every student by name and did not feel the need to ask my name every time he came into contact with me.

               
              • Chuck Wilson says:

                Dear Dominique Choe,

                Thanks for your comment.

                Your outrage is noted.

                Regards,

                Chuck Wilson
                ARPTalk

                 
  7. Chuck:
    My two cents, for what it’s worth: I agree with you….I think ETS would benefit immensely by going separate from the college and relocating its main campus to either Greenville or Columbia. This would also be a blessing to those seeking to advance their learning in a solid Reformed theological context.

    Best regards sir,
    Charles H Roberts
    (ETS Calls of ’93)

     
  8. Chuck Wilson says:

    Dear Charles Roberts,

    Thanks for the comments.

    Charles, it is so good to hear from you. I hope you are doing well.

    I agree. The sooner ETS extracts itself from Due West, the sooner healing and blessing begin.

    Regards,

    Chuck Wilson
    ARPTalk

     
  9. Jimbo says:

    hmm. I wonder why the seminary hasn’t been removed from the college. Maybe it’s because the seminary is the most corrupt part of the organization and everyone knows it would fall apart within a year without the tuition dollars of the college. If only the college could break away from the ARP so that it could actually be a successful Christian college like the one in Sanderson. Because we can all agree it’s not successful under Ole President Gus. And it’s certainly not practicing Christian principles if it’s anything like the attitudes and words you espouse on this website. I wonder the impact Erskine could make if it was more focused on helping young people turn closer to Jesus and finding out their identity than its determination to shove ARP on every student, which by the way is the fastest dying denomination for a reason.

     
    • Chuck Wilson says:

      Dear Jimbo Davis,

      Thanks for the comments.

      Jimbo, who are you? You have me at a disadvantage. You know me, but I don’t know you. I like knowing the person I’m addressing. Are you an Erskine student or alum?

      Well, you ask a question and make a number of assertions. Let me respond.

      (1) You ask (assert): “I wonder why the seminary hasn’t been removed from the college.” The answer is simple: the college would collapse financially without the seminary’s support. Why don’t you ask a board member the amount of money the seminary gives the college? THE SEMINARY CAN DO VERY WELL WITHOUT THE COLLEGE. I have seen the spreadsheets. When I was a member of the board, I was on the finance committee. Have you seen the spreadsheets?

      (2) The college can’t “break away from the ARP”; the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church owns Erskine College, Inc. Have you read the charter?

      (3) “We can all agree it’s not successful under Ole President Gus.” No, we do not agree!!

      (4) The “Christian principles” of which you speak and espouse are a bastardization of the Christian faith.

      (5) No one shoves ARP on Erskine students.

      (6) Thank you for your concern for the health of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

      Regards,

      Chuck Wilson
      ARPTalk

       
      • Sarah Hoyt says:

        Dear Chuck,

        “(4) The “Christian principles” of which you speak and espouse are a bastardization of the Christian faith.” Right, the Christian principles that are not found on this website, like kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control. . .

        “(5) No one shoves ARP on Erskine students.”

        Are you for real?

        I take it that it’s been a long time since you were an Erskine student. You seem not overly young. Have you sat in on any Erskine classes recently? Any at all?

        Or perhaps our definitions of “shove” are different. I suppose beating people over the head with an ARP Bible isn’t really shoving, though. Maybe you’re right. Jimbo should have phrased it differently. Erskine students, especially those who are not members of the ARP church, don’t have ARP shoved on them; they have it beaten into them.

        Regards,
        Sarah

        Magna Cum Laude Alum, 2016, Erskine College

         
        • Chuck Wilson says:

          Dear Sarah Hoyt,

          Thanks for the comment.

          Sarah, let me ask you a question: how many ARP professors did you have beating you “over the head with an ARP Bible?” Sarah, can you name them? Sarah, what classes did they teach you?

          As I write, Sarah, I have the Erskine website in front of me. I am scrolling through the faculty list. Sarah, which of the ARP faculty members should I call and encourage in their head-beating? Sarah, which ARP faculty members beat you over the head with “an ARP Bible?”

          Regards,

          Chuck Wilson
          ARPTalk

           
  10. Kristen Craft says:

    As an ARP and a recent Erskine grad, I have read over this article several times and find myself asking “What is the point of this?”. I understand your concern for preserving the standards of the school set forth by our denomination and discussing the relationship between college &seminary. I understand that it is your right to compose an article conveying what happened in the board meeting and what you think of those happenings. I won’t speak on the business matters, because I’m not familiar enough with them to express an educated opinion. But I will say that I dislike the way you speak of certain individuals in this article. What is the point of having an entire section dedicated to the fact that you don’t know what to think of Dr. Baise? What is the point of making such negative implications about Dr. Kooistra, who, despite his policies, had the best interests of the school at heart and was trying to do the job that he was hired to do- fix a mess that he also inherited? I will also say that he and his wife were a much loved part of our community-they truly cared about the students and did so much to get to know as many of us as they could. And calling out Greg Haselden in the way that you did is just unprofessional. Again, as someone who just ended four years immersed in campus life, I can confidently say that the problems of retention run much deeper than what you are suggesting, and I have found value in the diversity found in the Erskine community. I don’t think people hate the ARP; I think that they have a problem with the administration itself, which you allude to. But discussing matters in this way is off putting to many, especially to those who won’t take a more in depth look at what you’re attempting to say. I am troubled by the way you have responded to Sarah’s concerns and the way you have deeply wronged Jacob Deluca by broadcasting such personal information for the entire internet to see. The fact that they feel the way that they do signifies that there is a problem with this article. During my time at Erskine, one of the lessons I learned was that the best articles are the ones that can be understood by all. I believe that you are well intentioned but I ask that you be mindful of the way you convey your thoughts and beliefs because it is a reflection of the ARP church when posted in this forum, and when you use what is seen as a smug tone and negative imagery while talking about others, it is far from being a reflection of the loving Christian model we all would like to uphold.

     
  11. Chuck Wilson says:

    Dear Kristen Craft,

    Thanks for the comments.

    Kristen, let me give you some advise for life: don’t call someone and ask for money, take money from that person’s hand, and then publicly call that person “malicious”; such an action will not be appreciated.

    Regards,

    Chuck Wilson
    ARPTalk

     
  12. Austin Hough says:

    Chuck, can you explain more by what you mean as “mission fit” it tends to have a negative connotation to erskine students. I’ve deveopled a different feeling for the term, so I just want to make what I’m thinking you mean is actually what you mean?

     
  13. Chuck Wilson says:

    Dear Austin Hough,

    Thanks for an insightful question.

    Austin, let me refer you to a document for study: “Philosophy of Higher Christian Education” (http://arpchurch.org/philosophy-of-christian-higher-education/).

    This document is what drives my understanding of “mission fit” and the understanding of General Synod. Since its adoption in 1978, the document remains unchanged. It continues to reflect the mind of General Synod concerning its agency (Erskine College, Inc.) of higher education.

    I don’t know what you have heard in Due West, and I am curious to know. As it often is, there is more disinformation/misinformation than information.

    Let me know what you think. I am always open to an inquirer with a fair question.

    BTW, if you would like to speak with me, my phone number is 864.882.6337. Better, if you would like to drive to Seneca, SC, I will buy you a steak for lunch, and we can talk all afternoon. Many Erskine students have enjoyed my hospitality.

    Regards,

    Chuck Wilson
    ARPTalk

     
  14. Robert Shaver says:

    Good morning, Chuck. Its been a while since I’ve visited your blog.

    I have a question: Why is it not, in your eyes, acceptable to use Erskine Colllege as a means to spread reformed doctrine to young people of other denominations or of no faith at all? Granted, I am assuming your position, but I think I’m wrong in my assessment.

    In Christ,
    Robert Shaver

     
  15. Chuck Wilson says:

    Dear Robert Shaver,

    Good to hear from you again, and thanks for the question.

    Robert, your assumption is false. You are correct when you write “I think I’m wrong in my assessment.”

    I was a church planter. I have the heart of an evangelist.

    My concern is with the administration, faculty, and staff at Erskine. One can’t teach or promote what one doesn’t believe or is unsure of!

    As a Christian, an evangelical, an Associate Reformed Presbyterian, an alum, and a former member of the board, I am ashamed of our poor record of communicating the gospel and promoting the Reformed belief system which we say we believe.

    Regards,

    Chuck Wilson
    ARPTalk

     
  16. Seth says:

    I just want to point out that the large majority of comments on this article are coming from Erskine College students and recent Erskine grads. This should show that WE CARE ABOUT ERSKINE. Chuck, your articles do more harm than good. If you want people at Erskine to love and respect the ARP, please do not continue to write the way that you do. Calling out students in negative ways is absolutely unprofessional and only creates more bitterness towards the denomination. I have never read something you have written without becoming angry. The students at Erskine see what you write. Please reconsider the things that you say.

    Sincerely,

    Someone who cares

     
  17. Chuck Wilson says:

    Dear Seth,

    Thanks for the comment.

    Regards,

    Chuck Wilson
    ARPTalk

     

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