Archive for February 2012

When the Accounts Are Called: A Christian Understanding of Gambling

Written by Albert Mohler Sunday, 26 February 2012 Gambling corrupts the culture, polluting everything it touches. Recent scandals in college basketball are proof positive that gambling is not a problem limited to casinos and horse tracks. Ominously, industry executives see great promise in the development of on-line gambling over the Internet, bringing gambling to every…

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Debt doomsday more imminent?

By: Seung Min Kim February 24, 2012 The federal government could hit the debt ceiling sooner than expected — and possibly around the November election — according to a report out Friday. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill had hoped that last summer’s deal to end the nasty fight over lifting the debt ceiling would ensure the issue wouldn’t resurface…

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Erskine College Board reaches out to ARP Synod

Written by Liz Carey, Independent Mail Friday, 24 February 2012 Erskine College said it wants to keep dialogue with the General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church open, its President David Norman said. The school released another news release Wednesday to expand on a previous news release that said the school’s board of trustees…

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Teach Children the Bible Is Not About Them

Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones, TGC Saturday, 25 February 2012 00:00 “And so what can we learn from Daniel about how God wants us to live?” And as I said those words it was as if I had literally laid a huge load on that little girl. Like I broke some spell. She crumpled right in…

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44 Church Growth Principles that are Real and Work!

by Richard J. Krejcir

Do not be afraid to preach biblical stewardship and how to handle money. If you do not know how, acquire resources to help you. Stewardship and generosity are sure signs of the health of your church. A stifled church, no matter how many are attending, will always have financial problems, where a small, poor church with real conviction and purpose will usually have enough! (Proverbs 3:9-10)

Do you desire to have your church grow?

We all desire to see our churches grow. If they are not, there is something wrong. Your call and profession might need a review. Growing a church is biblical, and an imperative from our Lord. However, we also need to discover what it means to “grow a church.” Most people consider numerical growth, and for good reasons. Most of the time, numbers indicate success, and the more you have, the more to whom you are ministering. Nevertheless, is that the main reason for growth? Well, see for yourself.

Carefully read Matthew 28:18-20. Diligently examine each word. What does it say? The emphasis is on spiritual growth! Discipleship! When we are reaching all we can, all over the world, we need to be teaching them, not just corralling and counting them.

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Erskine Hopeful for Continued Dialogue with ARP Synod

Erskine trustees look forward to a continued, cooperative, and mutually beneficial relationship with the ARP General Synod.

Every message has at least two parts: content and delivery. Delivery becomes especially important when the content of a message is not what the recipient is hoping for, or when previous interactions have been difficult.

So while the Board of Trustees of Erskine College & Theological Seminary voted last week that it would not alter its charter or bylaws to provide a mechanism for its sponsoring denomination to remove trustees, Board Chairman Joe Patrick, the trustees and Erskine President Dr. David Norman are working hard to ensure that message is delivered with the same respect and genuine hope for continued peaceful dialogue with which the request was made.

The request originated with the General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) Church last June. Norman, Patrick, and several other Erskine trustees were present at that meeting to receive the request and supported the tone of it. “I support both the tone of the request and the tone of the response,” Norman noted, “because this is a conversation. We need to keep a productive conversation going.”

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In Memory of Nellie B Harris

RAPHINE, VA — Nellie Brown Coyner Harris, 97, of Raphine passed away at her residence Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, William Martin Harris. She was born Jan. 4, 1915, in Waynesboro, daughter of the late David Joseph and Booker Brown Coyner. In her early years,…

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The Jeremy Lin Problem

By DAVID BROOKS Jeremy Lin is anomalous in all sorts of ways. He’s a Harvard grad in the N.B.A., an Asian-American man in professional sports. But we shouldn’t neglect the biggest anomaly. He’s a religious person in professional sports. We’ve become accustomed to the faith-driven athlete and coach, from Billy Sunday to Tim Tebow. But…

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Country Singers and Psalmists Sing Sad Songs

Written by William H. Smith Monday, 20 February 2012 Here is where sad songs come it, particularly country ones. They tell you that your misery has company and is understood: “Once upon a time there was tomorrow, but that was yesterday and yesterday’s gone.” The news on depression is somewhat depressing. The popular story, and the…

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Breaking News

ERSKINE COLLEGE & SEMINARY COMMUNICATIONS DUE WEST, S.C. — Trustees of Erskine College & Theological Seminary voted today not to alter its charter and bylaws to grant its sponsoring denomination authority to remove trustees. This action affirms the conclusions and recommendations of an ad hoc committee of the board formed last year to consider requests…

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In Memoriam: Nellie Harris

Visitation for Mrs. Nellie Harris, mother of Rev Bill Harris, will be held Wednesday night, February 22, 2012, from 7-9 p.m. at Henry Funeral Home in Staunton, VA. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Old Providence ARP Church. Filed under: News http://arpc.wordpress.com

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Erskine Trustees tell ARP Synod "No" to request to allow Synod to remove Trustees for cause

Section 1 is titled “Response Summary” and it states that the requested changes would not be ‘in the Institution’s best interest, nor in the best interest of the General Synod’ Four reasons are highlighted: impact on accreditation, legal liability, impact on academic freedom, and impact on Trustees independence. http://theaquilareport.com

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Nellie Harris

Nellie Harris, mother of Rev. Bill Harris, Virginia Presbytery, passed away this morning. No arrangements for services are available at this time. Please keep Rev. Harris and his family in your prayers. Filed under: News http://arpc.wordpress.com

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Let’s Have More Worship Wars

What I am saying is that most of our varying critiques of musical forms are often just narcissism disguised as concern about theological and liturgical downgrade. That’s why I think we need more, and better, worship wars.

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Piety and Learning, Gentleness and Conviction

Scripture tells us (Hebrews 13:17) that some people will be hard to pastor, and tells us not to be those people.  Knox and Ginger are the exact opposite –they have always been more of a blessing to me than I could ever be to them.)  During Knox’s long hospitalization, the Lord gave me some wonderful…

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NYC pastor fears 'agenda' against churches

Crossroads hopes to meet in an abandoned movie theater at a cost of $6,500 more per month than they were paying at the school. But they’re sort of in a bind because the schools have kicked them out and they don’t yet have the city’s approval to meet in the space they plan to rent.

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Top Charlotte-area PCUSA Executive fired by his Presbytery

Presbyterians are inseparable from Charlotte’s history. The city’s first churches all came under the denomination, and many of the city’s key political and business leaders remain Presbyterians. The Presbytery covers seven counties. With 40,000 church members, it is the country’s third largest presbytery.

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Spring Retreat Reminders

High School Retreat (Catawba, First & Second Presbyteries) When: March 2-4 Where: Bonclarken Conference Center (Flat Rock, NC) Speaker: Rev. Matt Lucas (Reformation ARP Church) Music: Brandon Auten & the Worship Team (Crossings Community ARP Church) Info: www.bonclarkenretreats.com Register: bouncinb29@yahoo.com or call (770) 978-2414. Deadline Feb. 20 Free T-shirts if register by Feb. 20  …

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The First Principles of Rick Santorum

By MOLLY WORTHEN Eric Gay/Associated PressRick Santorum prayed before speaking at Oral Roberts University on Thursday. Last month, when prominent evangelical pastors and political activists emerged from their Texas powwow to announce that they had anointed Rick Santorum as their standard-bearer, the blogosphere pronounced the endorsement too little, too late, and kept all sights firmly on…

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Erskine Seminary Student in Christianity Today

David Howell, a student in the Master of Divinity degree program at Erskine, appears in a special section of the current Christianity Today. The “Rediscovering the Book” section includes an article on distance learning, in which David and  his family are featured in a sidebar. David is a candidate for the ministry in Foothills Presbytery…

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PC(USA) Upholds Morality Standard for Church Officers

Some of Erskine Seminary’s faculty have been involved in the renewal movement in the Presbyterian Church (USA), calling the PC(USA) to repentance and a return to its historic faith. We are pleased that a majority of presbyteries have now reaffirmed the constitutional standard that requires faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman or…

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Calvin 500 Schedule, St. Pierre Cathedral, Geneva

The Calvin Quincentenary is an international, interdenominational and interdisciplinary celebration of the life and work of John Calvin, the great reformer who left such an indelible impression on the modern world.  If you plan to be in Geneva this summer, please accept this invitation to be part of one of the most significant gatherings of…

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20 Pastors Make First Erskine Seminary Pilgrimage to Israel

On August 19th, twenty pilgrims, most of them Associate Reformed Presbyterian pastors, departed our shores for a 2-week Holy Land tour. Unlike many Holy Land excursions, this particular trip was designed for pastors, with an intentional emphasis placed upon their retreat and renewal. Participants were mid-career pastors who had never had the opportunity to visit…

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Death of Dr. Mary-Ruth Marshall

It is with great sadness that we report the death of our dear friend, colleague, mentor, and professor emerita, Dr. Mary-Ruth Marshall.  Dr. Marshall suffered a fall in her home that resulted in a closed head injury.  Emergency surgery was unsuccessful and she died on the evening of January 12th. Funeral services were held on…

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ETS on Facebook

You can follow news and information from Erskine Seminary on Facebook. The official profile is here. A group created by a graduate is here. http://seminary.erskine.edu

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Erskine’s Columbia Campus is Accredited

Erskine Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that our Columbia campus is fully accredited. The Association of Theological Schools Board of Commissioners has voted to grant approval for Erskine to offer the complete Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Practical Ministry, and Doctor of Ministry degree programs in Columbia. For Erskine’s students, this means…

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Erskine College and Seminary has a new president

Dr. David A. Norman was chosen Friday as the 15th president of Erskine College and Seminary by unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees. Norman, 34, was presented with unanimous support for election by the Presidential Search Committee, which was appointed in August when current President Dr. Randall T. Ruble announced his plans to retire…

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In Memorium: Mary Steele

Mary Harrington Steele, 97, of. Due West, SC, passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at the Carlisle Nursing Center. Mrs. Steele was born in Lee County, NC, the daughter of Raymond and Dora Bell Black Harrington. Educated in Lee County schools in Sanford, NC, she was a graduate of Elon College and Florida Southern College.…

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The War on Christians: The Rising Genocide

The Rising Genocide — by Newsweek Magazine Saturday, 11 February 2012 00:00 “…the scale and severity of Islamophobia pales in comparison with the bloody Christophobia currently coursing through Muslim-majority nations from one end of the globe to the other.” Then the author bluntly says that “The conspiracy of silence surrounding this violent expression of religious…

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TN/AL Presbytery Clerk Dies

Rev. Charles Bradley, pastor of Hopewell ARP Church in Culleoka, TN, died this afternoon of an apparent heart attack. Rev. Bradley was also the stated clerk of Tennessee-Alabama Presbytery. The son of Charles William and Margaret Bechtel Bradley, Rev. Bradley was born May 25, 1956, in Cochise County, AZ.  He received his early education in…

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PRAYER REQUEST

Rev. Troy Pritt will have a very serious heart surgery on December 19 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. The retired ARP minister is scheduled to have a growth removed between two valves; one valve replaced; one valve repaired or replaced; and three bypasses. Please be in prayer for Rev. Pritt and his family.…

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Martha Emma Shannon

New Albany, MS – Martha Emma Shannon, 86, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Union County. She was born in Tippah County to Emma Lewellen Thurmond and Charlie Rooker Thurmond, Sr. She was a homemaker and a member of Cleveland Street ARP Church of New Albany. She was the widow of…

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Mrs R B “Carrie” Wilson

Mrs. R. B. Wilson (Carrie) passed away Sunday morning, Dec. 18, in Gastonia, NC. She was the mother of Rev. Boyce Wilson (Ebenezer ARP, Rock Hill, SC) and Mary Lineberger (whose husband Mike is pastor of Linden ARP, Gastonia, NC). The memorial service will be Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. at First ARP Church,…

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Church Searching for Book

The Lake Wales (FL) Church is looking for the book Leading in Worship by Terry Johnson.  If you have a copy you are willing to sell, please contact Maria Herman at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales.  863.676.0711 ext 101 or email maria.herman@firstpreslakewales.org. Filed under: News http://arpc.wordpress.com

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Troy Pritt Update

Rev. Pritt had triple bypass surgery, and his Aortic and Mitral valves were replaced. His son, David Pritt says, “During the surgery, the surgeon used a vein and an artery from Dad’s leg to create a ‘Roman archway’ as it were. The one thing he is worried about is Dad’s Conduction System, and so, Dad…

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First Columbia Welcomes R C Sproul

Annual Spiritual Life Conference We are excited about the prospect of welcoming Dr. R.C. Sproul as the speaker for our annual Spiritual Life Conference here at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, on February 10-11, and would like to encourage others to share in the ministry of these two days. No registration is required. It…

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Rev. William Franklin Mitchell Sr.

ROCK HILL – The Rev. William Franklin Mitchell Sr., 95, of 1611 Constitution Boulevard, passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Harbor Chase of Rock Hill, SC. Burial will take place at the Neely’s Creek ARP Church cemetery in Rock Hill at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25.  A memorial service will be held at…

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Job posting: Sebring FL

First Presbyterian Church in Sebring, FL, is seeking a full-time Christian Education director. See www.fpc-sebring.org for details. Filed under: News http://arpc.wordpress.com

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Jane de Witt

Mrs. John R. (Jane) de Witt passed away suddenly during the night Friday night. Her funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7,  at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC.  Dr. John R. de Witt is a former moderator of Synod and former pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia. Please remember Dr. de Witt…

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