Category: Moderator

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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 […]

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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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The Lordship of Christ and Prayer

The Lordship of Christ is the central assertion of the New Testament. There is coming a day when every tongue will confess that “Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:11). Jesus is Yahweh, the only God there is; though he is not the only one who is Yahweh: the Father and the Holy Spirit are Yahweh […]

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Know Him As Lord

Why do we have a Synod? Given the current condition of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, I have been asking this question repeatedly during the past months. Like many of you, I delight in the worship, preaching and teaching of my church, and in her outreach to the community and commitment to world missions. I’m […]

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Implications for Denominational Ministries

Moderator’s August Synod Emphasis Denominational ministries have long been a part of the ARP Church – as in other Reformed denominations. Many do not give these ministries of Synod much thought – unless they are in- teracting with them or serving on one of the boards. Lately though, denominational ministries have been more in the […]

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We Must See Everything…

“It seems like the world is a real mess,” the man said as he sat down next to me. I had to agree. Whether you look around the globe or right next door, there are plenty of issues to cause us concern. Like my friend, many people conclude that this world is a runaway train […]

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We want Erskine to be Erskine

By Rev. Andrew K. Putnam, Moderator And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all […]

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