Enjoy, if you will, this Easter 2012 sermon written by the Reverend Mark Wright, Pastor of the Unity Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Piedmont, South Carolina.
There is no metaphor better than Christmas to proclaim Jesus as the Light of the World.
A tip of the hat is due President David Norman of Erskine College and Seminary. The story coming out of Due West. SC, is scant and cryptic; however, the news is that Dr. Norman has done what four other Erskine Presidents were unable or unwilling to do: he has disciplined Dr. Bill Crenshaw and suspended him from his teaching position.
The only way this article by Ms. Nancy S. Campbell and Rev. Andrew K. Putnam can correspond to any reality is if we have entered the realm of the Superman comic books where there is a faithful, evangelical Erskine College in our universe.
Matthew 18 seems to be the refuge of those who are unwilling to confront serious theological and administrative issues at ETS and correct them. The issues regarding the inerrancy of the Bible are as public and open and noisy and sharp and seminal to the future of ETS as they can possibly get. For the last three years, as the ETS ship was burning at sea from stem to stern, where were these advocates of Matthew 18? Were they going to the administration, the President, and to the Board? Or were they busy defending an indefensible status quo?
The Editor of ARPTalk does not need to make comments. The comments that follow speak loud enough!
Why does the Erskine administration now embrace and defend one who has publicly shown his contempt for the ARP Church, who has mocked the doctrine of Scripture affirmed by the ARP Church, and who has demonstrated his opposition to the policies and decisions of the ARP Church by filing a legal action against the General Synod of the ARP Church?
Aldon Knight and Jay West are at it again… Here we have a soliloquy, an uninformed rant, and a case of bizarre paranoia against the people and institutions of those who believe and adhere to the tenets of the God of the Bible.
Conservatives in the spiritually bankrupt denominations of the PCUSA, UPCNA, and the PCUS either withdrew from their struggles or would not stand resolutely in the face of persistent and organized rebellion and heresy. The default setting ecclesiastically for those defeated Presbyterian evangelicals was the Rodney King dictum: “Can we all get along?” The Biblical way of saying that is: “Peace, Peace, when there is no peace.”
“The Mutinous Erskine Board of Thieves” is the only way left to describe the Board of Erskine College and Seminary. These trustees who have been nominated by the Nominating Committee of the ARP Church and elected by the General Synod are suggesting what amounts to an act of theft.
There are many words in the dictionary that can be used to describe the situation at Erskine College and Seminary. What is the best one? “Scandal” is defined “A publicized incident that brings about disgrace or offends the moral sensibilities of society and the outrage or anger caused by such an action or event.” – Yes, “scandal” is THE word – “THE SCANDAL OF ERSKINE!”
So, the Newberry judge has continued the restraining order that Erskine Board members, David Chesnut, Richard Taylor, and Parker Young, requested against the The ARP Church has appealed the judge’s ruling. So, what does this mean? What can we in the ARP Church do?
Editor: The paper below is by Erskine Theological Seminary professor Dr. Richard Burnett. Dr. Burnett is a humble friend of the ARP Church who attempts to help the poor, benighted ministers and lay people of the ARP Church understand the theological failure of the doctrine of inerrancy. He is concerned that we are hopeless anti-intellectuals [...]
One of the ARP Synod’s greatest detractors gives a very revealing response to ARPTalk(28).
The bold headlines in the Greenville and Greenwood newspapers as well as the Aquila Report have detailed how Mr. Scott Mitchell, the former Chairman of the Erskine College and Seminary Board and current member of the interim Board appointed by the General Synod, has filed a restraining order against the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
It is now public knowledge in Due West, South Carolina, and on-line on the World Wide Web: Erskine Theological Seminary, the seminary of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, has and is matriculating Jewish, Mormon, and Islamic clerics into the DMin program. This means that Erskine Theological Seminary is now advancing the professional careers of non-Christian religious clerics.
ARPTalk Extra #5 – Dr. Richard Burnett Publicly Acknowledges That He Does Not Concur With Inerrancy!
At the end of an acerbic diatribe filled with unsubstantiated accusations against the Editor of ARPTalk and others, Dr. Richard Burnett, Professor of Systematic Theology, Erskine Theological Seminary, has publicly acknowledged that he does not concur with the theological position of the ARP Church on the authority of the Bible and desires to instruct the ministers of the ARP Church on their defective understanding of the inerrancy of the Bible.