March 23, 2010

Welcome to the twenty-seventy (27th) issue of ARPTalk. Featured in ARPTalk(27) are the following five (5) articles:


(27.1.1)           Resolution of Commendation of the Investigatory Commission on Erskine College and Seminary Passed by Northeast Presbytery (ARP)

(27.1.2)           Letter from Andy Putnam – The Editor wishes to thank the Rev. Andy Putnam for his clarifications.

(27.1.3)           A Love Letter Straight from Bill Crenshaw’s Heart – The Editor has heard of Dr. Crenshaw’s love notes, and now he is the recipient of one of them.

(27.2)      A FEW THOUGHTS CAPTURED FROM FACEBOOK – These leave the Editor nearly speechless.

(27.3)      A JUSTIFICATION FOR LAWSUITS: Paul and the Issue of Litigation in 1 Corinthians 6, by James Hering, PhD – This article in Erskine Action is nothing more than self-serving tripe in a pitiful attempt to cover disloyalty to the ARP Church. Does Dr. Hering make legitimate points? Of course! However, the main point of his writing must not be missed. The promulgation of such nonsense by Dr. Michael Bush, the blog-master on the Erskine Theological Seminary website, makes it abundantly clear that drastic and far-reaching changes at Erskine Seminary are necessary.

(27.4)      AN OPEN LETTER TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF SYNOD BY DOUG PETERSEN: Reflections on the Special Commission on Erskine College and the March 2-3, 2010 Called Meeting of General Synod, by Rev. Doug Petersen – Incredible!


THANK YOU: In ARPTalk(Extra7), the Editor posted a petition in opposition to the legal actions of Mr. Scott Mitchell  against the ARP Church. The Editor asked readers of ARPTalk to e-mail him and ask that their names be placed on the petition.  Many of you did and the Editor thanks you for your support. However, the situation has drastically changed. Mr. Mitchell has dropped his legal actions. Others have joined in the legal actions. The situation is very fluid. The Editor is withdrawing the petition he posted. Other measures are needed now.

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Charles (“Chuck”) W. Wilson

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