Update on Charges Against Dr. K. Scott Oliphint

The Presbytery of the Southwest of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) voted to dismiss all four charges that had been filed against the Rev. Dr. K. Scott Oliphint.

The presbytery then immediately determined not to institute judicial process on all four charges, since all four charges relied on essentially the same documentary evidence. A vote was held, and the presbytery passed the ultimate motion to dismiss all four charges.   On Friday, May 3, 2019, the Presbytery of the Southwest of the Orthodox... Continue Reading

A Public Statement from the OPC on the Shooting at the Chabad Synagogue

Pastor Zachary R. Keele and the session of the Escondido Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Escondido, California, issued the following statement concerning the horrific shooting at the Chabad Synagogue.

“The atrocious crime of violence and hatred that took place at Chabad of Poway synagogue on Saturday, April 27, grieves us deeply and shatters our hearts. As a congregation of the Lord Jesus Christ, we devote our lives to the love and mercy of the Lord to all of God’s beautiful children, from every nation,... Continue Reading

80 Years Ago June 11: J. Gresham Machen Was Elected Moderator Of A New Presbyterian Denomination

On June 11, 1936, the Presbyterian Church of America (renamed the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in February 1939) was founded, electing 55-year-old professor J. Gresham Machen as its first moderator.

And as Dr. Machen took the moderator’s chair, maintaining the dignity of that office even amidst the unpretentious surroundings, there was in his face and in the hearts of us all a mark of the solemnity of the occasion. We trusted that in the power of God we were entering upon a new phase of... Continue Reading

An Overview and Assessment of the OPC General Assembly in The Appeal of John Carrick

Confronting and overcoming a culture of skepticism about disability in the church

I maintain that at the heart of this case is Linda Carrick and her disability and chronic illness and that we cannot, we must not forget that. When an event like this takes place, we bear a responsibility to seize the opportunity to stop, to reflect on and to reform our attitudes towards fellow believers... Continue Reading

UPDATED: OPC General Assembly 2015 Report

With respect to the trial of TE Carrick, the Assembly upheld the appeal, reversing the verdict.

In 2014, there has been an increase in the number of OPC churches as the result of eight new mission works that were organized as particular churches. Six new mission works were started. There are now 273 local churches and 50 mission works. Total membership is 31,122. Total offerings were over $54 million. There are... Continue Reading

Reformed Women Speak: A Call to Attend the OPC General Assembly

An appeal related to the outcome of the ecclesiastical trial will be heard at this year’s OPC General Assembly at Dordt College scheduled for June 3-9, 2015.

The upcoming appeal to the trial decision, which will be heard at OPC General Assembly in June, is a opportunity to show to the OPC community and beyond that women’s bodies matter, that women themselves matter, that a man who protects his chronically ill and disabled wife, acting towards her in accordance with his conscience... Continue Reading

Orthodox Presbyterian Church 2014 General Assembly Report 5

The 81st General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church is meeting at Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from June 4–10, 2014

An overture was brought to the assembly by the Presbytery of the Northwest (PNW) asking the assembly to establish a study committee to examine and give its advice as to whether and in which particular sense the concept of the Mosaic Covenant as a republication of the Adamic Covenant is consistent with the doctrinal system... Continue Reading

Orthodox Presbyterian Church 2014 General Assembly Report 4

The 81st General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church is meeting at Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from June 4–10, 2014

The overture proposed an amendment to our Form of Government which sought to clarify the difference between examinations for licensure and those for ordination. The overture proposed that the exams for licensure be restricted to the Westminster Confession of Faith. While CCE was sympathetic with the aims of the overture, it argued that there was... Continue Reading

Orthodox Presbyterian Church 2014 General Assembly Report 3

The 81st General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church is meeting at Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from June 4–10, 2014

The OPC is in its 39th year of partnership with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) through Great Commission Publications (GCP). Recently, GCP appointed Mr. Marvin Padgett its executive director. Mr. Padgett addressed the assembly and outlined some of the changes happening at GCP, particularly its website redesign and a new curriculum based on John... Continue Reading

Orthodox Presbyterian Church 2014 General Assembly Report 2

The 81st General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church is meeting at Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from June 4–10, 2014

George Cottenden, who has served for four years as stated clerk, is retiring from this position at this assembly. Rev. Ross Graham, former associate general secretary of Home Missions and Church Extension, has been appointed to succeed Mr. Cottenden. Mr. Graham assumed this position immediately after Mr. Cottenden gave his stated clerk’s report. The assembly... Continue Reading