Category: Moderator

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Press On!

In Chapter 15 of second Chronicles, we have the picture of Judah’s king, Asa, and his army returning victorious from their battle with the armies of Cush. God had granted a great victory. But the work of reformation in the land was not complete. You can look back to chapter 14:3 – “He took away […]

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Church Government in a Confessional Church

Living as People of God  I teach church polity to seminary students, largely because it is a required course and someone has to teach it. I have no illusions about how (un)enthused most of them are when they sign up for the course. Almost all of them view it as the ‘I need this only […]

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We Have A Confession!

“Peace, order and good government” is the introductory phrase of section 91 of the CONSTITUTION ACT, of 1867. This phrase states in general terms the scope of the legislative jurisdiction granted to the Parliament of Canada by Her Majesty the Queen. It is the governing principle of our government. The Constitution of the United States […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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