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?”
We are the planet of the visited people. God has come near to us in forms and syllables that we are able to comprehend. In the Incarnation, God has come to us in a face that we can receive without fear. Everything is turned around. It is NOT we who are focusing and searching in the starry night; rather, it is God who has focused on us and found us and called us unto Himself in Jesus. Indeed, let us join the choir of angels as they declare “Glory to God in the highest!”
The following correction to ARPTalk has been delivered by Paul Patrick, Campus Minister at Erskine. Thanks for keeping us straight, Paul!! You can also read the newsletter describing the event.
The Editor of ARPTalk is hearing from numerous sources that there is going to be another meeting of the Investigatory Commission of General Synod on Erskine College and Seminary. Why would the Commission meet again? There is only one reason for the Commission to meet: NEW ERSKINE MATTERS.
Chairman Scott Mitchell of the Erskine BoT has canceled the June 18 called meeting whose purpose was to change the Erskine charter and bylaws which would effectively sever the historic and organic ties between Erskine College and Seminary and the ARP Church.
The Court of Appeals ruled and, pursuant to the motion by the ARP Church, modified the language of the preliminary injunction against the ARP Church, overruling four of the five restrictions that Judge Griffith placed on the General Synod of the ARP Church.
After eleven months of service, Dr. Gid Alston has been removed without cause and replaced by Dr. Brad Christie as Interim Academic Dean at Erskine College. It seems that Dr. Alston chose the wrong master to serve and is now betrayed.