Practically Theological – How churches are teaching doctrine—and finding eager participants.

“Pastors learn about doctrine in seminary but have trouble formulating it in a way that’s faithful to the Christian heritage,” said Marva Dawn, a teaching fellow in spiritual theology at Regent College in British Columbia. Before he started talking, Solomon Wilken was singing from his crib—and not children’s hymns, either. Like the rest of Trinity... Continue Reading

First Things Reviews Tim Keller and Redeemer New York worship service

First Things is published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society. Among recently “planted” Protestant churches in Manhattan, Redeemer Presbyterian is by far the fastest growing and best known. It’s so new,... Continue Reading

Due to PCUSA’s theological drift, Safety Harbor pulls up anchor

The congregation based its departure on recommendations by a congregational task force created to investigate the PCUSA’s theological drift, said Jay Hill, an elder and the pastor’s husband. There was no worship Sunday in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church in Safety Harbor, Fla., but services went on as planned. At a neighborhood library, 98... Continue Reading

Suit filed against Muncie, Indiana babysitter, church

Named in the suit is Muncie’s Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA), where the Chengs were members. According to the lawsuit, an associate pastor recommended Byrd, also a member of the church, as a babysitter The parents of an infant that died under the care of a Muncie babysitter have filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The suit... Continue Reading

Fight Between Erskine College and Its Denomination Will Head to Court – ARP Church fired board members, alleging mission drift.

Editor’s Note: This article is the first concerning this issue published by Christianity Today, the major Christian news magazine, founded by Billy Graham. The story starts with a summary of the issue, and then includes many interview reports and an analysis of similar situations in other schools/denominations. Here are a few of the quotes –... Continue Reading

Israel-Palestine debate in PCUSA rages long before General Assembly

This passage reveals an explicit hostility toward the notion of Jewish sovereignty. The message offered here is that if the Jews who entered Palestine in 1948 had only been better behaved – and acted more like Armenians who came previously – then none of the tragic history that took place after 1948 would have happened.”... Continue Reading

Erskine Board affirms need to find answers, but votes to drop lawsuit

“For the unity, peace, purity, and prosperity of the church we are instructing the chairman to withdraw the legal action that was brought to determine who constituted the legally appointed and responsible Board of Trustees of Erskine College. We do not intend to bring further legal action” Several sources, including a press release from Erskine... Continue Reading

Special Webcast on “Restoring Erskine” Scheduled for Wednesday, March 17, at 1:00 EDST

My guest on the program today will be ARP special commission member Ken Wingate. Ken is also an Attorney, Author, a member of the South Carolina Board of Higher Education, and an Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia . “Knowing The Truth” with Pastor Kevin Boling is a live, call-in radio program providing Doctrinal... Continue Reading

Catawba Presbytery of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church has issued a Call for a Special Meeting of the Presbytery

Place and time: Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Union ARP Church in Richburg, SC. The Moderator of the Presbytery has received resolutions from the Tirzah and First Lancaster Sessions requesting a called meeting of Presbytery for the purpose of communal prayer for the General Synod and Erskine... Continue Reading

Erskine Faculty divided over school’s future

There has been significant concern within the church about Erskine over the years. Perceptions of a parting of the ways in the 1960s and ’70s led to the writing of the synod’s Philosophy on Christian Higher Education in 1977 and the formulation of a mission statement. One finding of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church’s Moderator’s... Continue Reading