The Erskine Theological Seminary Self-Study Report was finished and distributed in January. At 465 pages, the document is a massive chronicle of the monumental failure that ETS has become as a result of the feckless leadership these last years. What the Editor of ARPTalk has been reporting for the last four years and the Moderator’s Commission report from the “Snow Synod” now has a stamp of validation.
Well, the June/annual meeting of the General Synod of the ARP Church has come and gone, and the Editor of ARPTalk is not depressed. The Editor, in fact, was surprised by both the actions of the Erskine Board of Trustees (EBOT) and the General Synod (GS). Included is a recounting of the highpoints of the meeting of the 2011 General Synod with commentary.
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.
Why has the lawsuit by Erskine Board of Trustee (BOT) members Richard Taylor, Parker Young, and David Chesnut NOT been dropped? Did not the compromise adopted by the 2010 General Synod guarantee that the lawsuit would be dropped? Did not honorable men agree?
Is the Executive Board of General Synod being manipulated so as to function as the equivalent of an ecclesiastical BISHOP for the General Synod of the ARP Church (GSARPC)? As the ecclesiastical ARP BISHOP, the Executive Board would have the authority to veto and/or modify the actions of the GSARPC in certain matters. Certainly, the members of the EBGS have the right of their opinions; however, they do not have the right to act as an ecclesiastical ARP BISHOP and reverse and/or modify the actions of the GSARPC that are clear and unambiguous.