The following email went out today from Erskine….
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 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.
An Abbeville, SC, jury found for the plaintiff in the case of Dr. William Crenshaw v. Erskine College. Going forward, what does this mean?
On April 10, I posted “A Biblical Response to Homosexuality”. A few day later, April 16, David Kyle Foster posted a gracious comment. In an e-mail to David, I asked him if I could assist him in advertising the work of his ministry in ARPTalk. He has responded with his ministry information for you which is included in this post.
The Erskine board met on May 23 and 24. Once again the trustee removal policy was on the table. The motion passed overwhelmingly by the board. It looks as though the trustees have found General Synod’s removal policy is not only possible but desirable. Indeed, the identity of Erskine is what was asserted by the Moderator’s Commission at the 2010 “Snow” Synod.
Erskine College & Seminary President David Norman has been asked to resign by the Executive Committee of the board. Rumors of this began to circulate late Tuesday, April 9. The rumors were confirmed on April 11 by an e-mail to the board from Chairman David Conner.
Erskine was audited and “failed.” There are 12 violations cited by SACS – a staggering indictment of Erskine’s leadership and indicative of systemic administrative failure. In spite of the scare tactics by the secular alums the past two years, decrying the ARP Church’s attempts to regain control over Erskine, the SACS commissioners did not note undue influence by the ARP Church as a citation.
The Anderson Chapter of the Erskine Alumni Association met on Thursday evening, September 22, 2011, at J Peter’s Bar and Grill in Anderson, SC, with 33 present. Here are some of my observations. The BIG surprise of the evening: Not a word was spoken in public about Dr. Bill Crenshaw… I wonder why!?
The Editor is aware that in our exceedingly “nice” ARP culture that sometimes his bold speech and manner are probably offensive to some. Indeed, there have been occasions when his passion and zeal for the well-being of the ARP Church have produced both heat and light. However, the Reader may be confident that…
It is time now to TURN THE PAGE on the “Bill Crenshaw Era” at Erskine. The last chapter of this story has been written. The Faculty Executive Committee is satisfied that the College followed the procedures for dismissal as outlined in the College Faculty Manual and that Dr. Crenshaw’s procedural rights have not been violated.
Herein is a copy of an e-mail that Bill Crenshaw posted on the AFE site today, as well as the “closed” AFIE site. The post is a copy of an e-mail letter that was sent to President David Norman from the AAUP. President Norman is a man of courage and integrity. We should stand with him! Indeed, God help us to stand with him!
Ms. Stacy Hall wrote a very nasty and demeaning letter to President Norman. President Norman responded with a blunt but respectful letter to Hall. The interesting thing about President Norman’s response is that he didn’t say anything to her that he hasn’t said in public to General Synod, to the BOT, and, yes, to me. However, Ms. Hall is a delicate flower! The BOIs (‘bunch of idiots”) must also be delicate flowers! They seem to be able to give; however, They cant take!!!
Dear Readers of ARPTalk,
See the letter below. I commend this ministry to both your prayer and financial support.Chuck Wilson,
For your information, enclosed is a copy of the ByLaws changes on the table right now at Erskine College. Text marked as strike-through are to be removed, and underlined items are to be added.
Fresh out of seminary in 1976, I became the pastor of the White Oak Presbyterian Church, Moreland, GA. Two of the kindest and gentlest people in that congregation were JW and Kate Thompson. They had been married for nearly forever. Through them I was privileged to see what it is like when a man loves a woman.
I find it peculiar that we are so careful to observe the Lord’s Supper and yet so rarely celebrate the Supper’s anticipation of Christ’s return (1 Corinthians 11:26). Paul speaks of “the Lord” as “at hand” (Philippians 4:5), James says that the Judge is standing “before the door” (James 1:7). The year was 1957…
A big snow in Oconee County, South Carolina, is rare. The last time we had one was in 1988. Before the snow fell, many of the trees in my yard were bare and the grass was winter brown. My world had been transformed by a blanket of white that hid the barren and ugly under its clean and pure beauty. That is the magic, the wonder, the power of snow!
Of the Biblical passages that tell the stories of the birth of Jesus, I like Matthew 2 the best. The most remarkable part of the story to me is the visit of the Wise Men and the manifestation of Jesus to Gentiles as the King.
Have you ever asked that about a Christmas present? You appreciate the thought. You appreciate the effort. But you just do not know what to do with the gift. For some of us, the Christmas gift of Jesus is good news of salvation and life anew told again in glorious sounds and words of carols; for others of us, the Christmas gift of Jesus is inexplicable and unexpected. Many people this Christmas are asking: “What am I going to do with this gift of Jesus? How do I use it? Do I add it to my collection of paperweights on the desk of my life?”