ARP Synod Statement On Human Sexuality

The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Position Statement on Human Sexuality; approved by the 2019 Synod.

Turning now to the more central question asked of the committee in regards to human sexuality and GLBTQ+ orientations it is shown by the Confession and Catechisms, as it already was illustrated by the Scriptures, that there is no sense in which any sin, be they of a sexual kind or not, can be rested... Continue Reading

Christian activists booted from Seattle coffee shop: ‘I’m gay. You have to leave’

“Are you denying us service?” Mr. Davis asked.

This incident comes as the U.S. Supreme Court gears up to take the case of Jack Philliips, the Christian baker who was ordered by the the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to serve wedding cake to LGBT couples — or none at all. The high court agreed in June to hear the case this fall.   A Christian... Continue Reading

An Overview of the 2017 ARP General Synod: “The Lord Showed Up and Showed Out!“

One Commissioner’s assessment on the 2017 of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian General Synod.

I am a realist. Our doctrine of sin says sin happens. One glorious meeting of Synod is not a cure-all. It is only a beginning. We expect hard days ahead. We expect failures and sins. But we also expect grace-days when “the Lord shows up and shows out.” Indeed, when leaders of our institutions transparently... Continue Reading

ARP Synod Approves Report On Race Relations

At its June 7-9, 2016 the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Synod approved a Report On Race Relations

The Theological & Social Concerns Committee of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church presented an extensive report at the Synod, which met June 7-9, 2016, on the issue race relations and the ARP.  In addition, the following motion was also approved overwhelmingly: “We, the General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, do confess the sinful... Continue Reading

Erskine Seminary Faculty Asks Board to Separate the College and the Seminary

The faculty of the Erskine Theological Seminary voted unanimously to adopt two petitions requesting the board to act on separating the college and seminary, and adjusting salary and compensation.

The first petition was approved by the faculty on March 10, and was addressed to the members of the Erskine board as well as the Moderator of the General Synod of the ARP. It requests the board “to facilitate the separation of the college and the seminary as soon as possible.” The second petition was... Continue Reading

The RPCNA & ARP Synods: A Family Reunion of Churches

The Synods of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church met concurrently at the Bonclarken Conference Center in North Carolina.

This meeting served as something of a family reunion of churches that have been separated as they are since 1782. We have rich theological similarities, a shared history (evidenced by many shared surnames), and similar visions for ministry that tie us more closely than other denominations. Most of all, we have an organic union in... Continue Reading

ARP and RPCNA Synods Meet Concurrently

The Synods met concurrently at the ARP Bonclarken conference grounds in Flat Rock, NC

I like to think of our goals in two areas. First, we have a goal of celebrating the unity that we already have in Christ. And second, we have a goal of furthering our relationship with the ARP church by promoting dialogue and interaction on a variety of levels. To be clear, this is not... Continue Reading

A Pastor’s Reflections on the Meeting of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Synod

An assessment of the 2014 ARP Synod meeting

The final two chapters in the ARP version of the Westminster Confession, adopted in the early twentieth century to emphasize the role of the Holy Spirit and to soften the Calvinism of the Confession, were mercifully removed in a near-unanimous voice vote after no discussion (!). The matter now goes to the presbyteries for their consideration.  ... Continue Reading

Rev. Jamie Hunt Voted Moderator-elect for ARP 2015 Synod

The Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church met at June 10-11, 2014

At the conclusion of the Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP), Rev. Jamie Hunt was elected as Moderator-elect for the 2015 Synod. Hunt is pastor of Coddle Creek ARP Church, Mooresville, N.C., and will be retiring in three weeks after serving there for 33 years. Rev. Boyce Wilson nominated Hunt for Moderator-elect. “We... Continue Reading

ARP Synod Approves Removing Two Chapters and a Note from Its Version of the Confession

The ARP Synod votes to amend its version of the Westminster Confession by removing Chapters 34, Chapter 35, and the appended note “(b)”to Chapter 3

At its June 11, 2014 meeting, the Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP) unanimously approved the recommendations of its study committee to amend their version of the Westminster Confession of Faith by removing Chapters 34, Of the Holy Spirit, and Chapter 35, Of the Gospel, along with the appended note “(b)”to Chapter 3,... Continue Reading