Moderator’s Articles

Are We There Yet?

The Mustard Seed Principles for The Impatient Pious and the sullen skeptics By: Michael A. Milton The Messiah sat in a boat for his humble pulpit. It must have moved gently on the water. He looked out across the beach at a growing congregation. And what he saw then is...

Making Nests In Its Branches

By Lee Shelnutt He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.  It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a...

The Good Soil “Hears”

By: Robert J. Cara, Ph.D. Hearing To become a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, the candidate must go through many “hoops.” One requirement is that Dr. Duncan (Chancellor) and I (Provost) interview the candidate for three hours covering a host of theological...

Don’t Despise the Day

By: Rev. Lee Shelnutt, Moderator What major anniversary do we as Protestants, as Associate Reformed Presbyterians, celebrate this year? The 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, right? Imagine with me this scene. The year was 1521. Huge crowds greet...

Get Out of the Boat

Anyone who knows me well knows that I enjoy fishing. A general practice of mine is that I drive my old Chevy pickup anywhere I go - a meeting, an appointment, or an event. If I’m in my truck, I have access to my fishing gear, which means you may see me pull over...

God’s Law Psalm 119

By: Rev. James McManus Some time ago I saw a video filmed by a missionary to China. It showed a group of native Christians receiving a copy of the Bible in their own language. These men and women were so excited because, for many of them, it was the first time they...

A New Song

By: Phil Williams Recently, as I was getting ready to leave Columbia, S.C. for Winston Salem, N.C., I texted my wife to let her know I was leaving for home. I also asked her to text me the scripture memorization verse we were working through from a devotional study...

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Several years ago my wife, Janie, and I took our 14-year-old granddaughter, Logan, to the Cinema to see “Chronicles of Narnia” from CS Lewis’ book The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The first time I read CS Lewis I was 23 years old, not redeemed and was not...