Category: Moderator

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Pakistan Celebrations

By: Rev. Jeff Kingswood In October I was blessed to have the opportunity to represent you, the members of the ARP, at a couple of important celebrations in Pakistan. As the moderator I represented not just an office in our Synod, but the labours and prayers of many missionaries and congregations who have taken to […]

How Do We Catechise Our Children?
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How Do We Catechise Our Children?

By Rev. Rob Patrick  Most parents will go to great lengths to give their children the best possible opportunities for developing their abilities and interests as they grow up. For instance, some families choose homes on the basis of school zoning, with a desire that children get the best education possible. Other parents of children […]

Do We Really Accept the Doctrines of the ARP Church?
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Do We Really Accept the Doctrines of the ARP Church?

In 1875 the Presbyterian Church in Canada was formed. Up until that time the various Presbyteri- an groups in Scotland had replicated themselves here in Canada with a va- riety of mission works which, largely through Scottish immigration, had become quite numerous. For some time before 1875 there had been discussion about the possi- bility […]

What Does Subscription Mean?
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What Does Subscription Mean?

By Brian Murray As was pointed out in the last Emphasis article, the main principle behind the question of confessions of faith is the principle of truth. The ARP is a confessional church because we believe God revealed absolute truth in the Bible. The function of a confession is simply to faithfully sum- marize that unchanging […]

Words Matter
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Words Matter

As I write this column, the world has just received word that Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, have been blessed with a little boy. The new prince is now third in the line of succession to the throne upon which his great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, sits. For most of you reading […]

Jeff Kingswood's Moderator's Challenge
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Jeff Kingswood’s Moderator’s Challenge

Using his theme for the coming year, Confessing Christ: What Does a Confessing Church Look Like?, Rev. Kingswood recalled the start of his ministry, 12 years ago, with a fledgling congregation at Grace (ARP) Church in Woodstock. “I realized, like a child, we needed to to emphasize the basics of biblical preaching and prayer – […]

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Retiring Moderator Steve Suits Reflects on the Past Year

Wearing the gold Moderator’s medallion, and carrying the Moderator’s staff, Dr. Steve Suits approached the podium to address delegates for the last time as Moderator. “Getting to know so many of you during my term as Moderator has given me great joy, encouragement and edification,” said the medical doctor and ruling elder at First Presbyterian, […]

Under Christ's Lordship - Every Knee Shall Bow, Every Tongue Confess
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Under Christ’s Lordship – Every Knee Shall Bow, Every Tongue Confess

From the first hours following the fall, until the last moment preceding the last trumpet’s sounding, the people of God have anticipated the final victory of God. On that Day, every knee will bow before Jesus Christ. The first promise of the gospel (“The Protevangelion” Genesis 3:15) anticipates an ongoing struggle (serpent-seed versus woman-seed) ushering […]

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Needed: a conversation about Synod

Over the past several months, I have frequently been asked to say more about my comments to Synod last year, regarding a Confessional Synod. I have continued to think about this and still have not come to any conclusions as far as particular recommendations. My comments at General Synod were meant as planting the seed […]

Synod's Role in Edifying the People of God
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Synod’s Role in Edifying the People of God

Continuing to think about the role of Synod, I want to look again at how it can contribute to the edification of the Church as the Confession directs. In previous issues, we saw that the Synod can contribute to the edification of the Church by determining controversies of faith and cases of conscience. In my […]

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