By Charles Wilson July 13, 2024

On July 5th and 8th, two COMPLAINTS were filed with the Executive Board regarding actions taken against Second Presbytery at the June meeting of General Synod. With regard to the first COMPLAINT, Rev. Anthony Locke argues two points. ECCLESIASTICALLY: there is a Form of Government (FOG) issue, for the FOG prohibits Synod from influencing the direction or outcome of a presbytery’s process to dissolve. According to the FOG, the role of General Synod is limited to counseling a presbytery on…

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By Charles Wilson June 27, 2024

Everybody said my Grandma Katie was different, and they were right. She wasn’t unique; she was sui generis (and I hope you caught what I did!). When a boy, many of my relatives said, “I declare, Charles, you’re just like your Grandma!!” That pleased me! Grandma Katie was my mother’s mother. She is the source of the best memories I have of my childhood. She lived on a 90 acre farm, in the middle of Nowhere, Georgia, past Johnson’s Corner,…

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Synod of Thieves

By Charles Wilson June 19, 2024

The Court of Thieves on Display. Can you find those who are not thieves? Breaking from tradition, I have been told delegates did not sing Psalm 133 (No. 280 in the Bible Songs: “Christian Unity”). Instead, with hearty voices, the delegates gleefully sang, A thieving we will go A thieving we will go Hi-ho, the derry-o A thieving we will go. Actually, they sang the ditty a number of times. To the Ends of the Earth Together – to Thieve!…

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Follow the Money

By Charles Wilson June 7, 2024

Follow the Money At sixteen, I was chosen out of my Civics class to spend a day with a councilman on the Winter Haven, Florida, City Council. I attended a council meeting and was the councilman’s guest for a very nice lunch. I was so excited. I was to watch how democracy worked and report what I saw to my Civics class. I was disappointed in what I saw. I was young and naīve. I expected something grand and wonderful,…

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How To Throw Away A Million Dollars

By Charles Wilson June 4, 2024

In the memorable words of Forrest Gump, “Stupid is as stupid does!” The action by the Erskine Board on August 1, 2021, has to be the Home Run of stupid things done at Erskine. In the name of education and sweet Jesus, the members of the board voted to lend ONE MILLION DOLLARS to a flimflam charter school operation which has no assets (HTTPS://ARPTALK.ORG/WP-CONTENT/UPLOADS/2024/05/PROMISSORY-NOTE-TO-ICELAVEN-DEVELOPMENTGROUP-AUG-1-2021.PDF). The only asset Icelaven has is a piece of paper (HTTPS://ARPTALK.ORG/WP-CONTENT/UPLOADS/2024/05/ICELAVEN-DEVELOPMENT-GROUP-LLCARTICLES-OF-ORGANIZATION.PDF.) Here is a copy of…

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The ARP Church in 2024

By Charles Wilson January 20, 2024

According to the “Statistical Report” (pp. 164-193), in the 2023 Minutes of the General Synod, the health of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARPChurch) is in freefall. Warning lights are flashing and storm flags are flying. Does anyone care? It is no stretch to say the leadership of the denomination is unconcerned and focused elsewhere – flittering away as they are Facebooking in a fantasy land of self- importance. Though not an exact depiction, the photograph above is an uncomfortable…

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The Rise of the CARPChurch

By Charles Wilson November 7, 2023

When I was a boy, I fished a lot with Daddy in the lakes of Central Florida. This wasn’t sport fishing. Daddy fished for food: bass, crappie, bluegill, warmouth, sunfish, catfish, and, occasionally, he brought home a soft-shell turtle or a small gator. All these were cleaned and fried for the table – and the eating was good! Early one Saturday morning in the spring of 1959, Daddy got up early to go fishing with Homer Brown at a lake…

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An Open Letter by Bill Marsh to the ARP Church

By Charles Wilson June 7, 2023
An Open Letter by Bill Marsh to the ARPChurch

Dear Chuck, You have been an ARP for more than twice as long as I have, so I write you with you a question. I was struck this afternoon by the apparently-terrifying fear of sunlight shown by the Executive Board in the matter of my complaint. As you recall, I complained in March to the Executive Board that they had no business taking up your complaint as an emergency given the pace at which they handled the matter (at least…

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Is Freedom of Speech to Caricature/Satire Church Leaders Protected Under the First Amendment?

By Charles Wilson June 5, 2023

Unwilling to play the unseemly game of ecclesiastical oversight, I withdrew from the political nonsense of the ARPChurch. I did not renounce my faith. I did not renounce the Church of Jesus Christ. I did not renounce the ministry, for I am still ordained – just not in the ARPChurch. I was anathematized as outside the bounds of the Church of Jesus Christ, as having lost my salvation, and in danger of hell by Clerk Kyle Sims and Bill McKay.…

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Going Down — Part #2c

By Charles Wilson June 4, 2023
Going Down Part One Chuck Wilson ARPTalk ARP Talk

Welcome to ARPTalk(168), Part 2c, an analysis of the ARPChurch which was begun with ARPTalk(164), Part 1. We begin with this question: Why is the ARPChurch dying? Consider the following. (1) There is a refusal to admit the ARPChurch is sick – VERY SICK. (2) There is a failure to take responsibility. (3) There is an unwillingness to change. (4) Critics are stifled. (5) Solutions are inward focused. (6) Entrepreneurial types are feared. (7) There is a desire to return…

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Going Down — Part #2b

By Charles Wilson June 3, 2023
Going Down Part One Chuck Wilson ARPTalk ARP Talk

Welcome! ARPTalk(167): Going Down, Part 2b continues my analysis of the new leadership of the ARPChurch. Christian leadership is given – A TRUST! Christian leadership is sacrifice, not privilege! The Christian leader checks his ego and reputation at the door before taking on his role. Some of the marks of the Christian leader are these: (1) he seeks to glorify God in his efforts; (2) he is patient and compassionate with both friends and critics; (3) he sacrificially seeks the…

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Going Down — Part #2a

By Charles Wilson June 2, 2023
Going Down Part One Chuck Wilson ARPTalk ARP Talk

ARPTalk (166): Going Down, Part 2a continues ARPTalk (164) – that is, reasons why the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARPChurch) is a stone’s throw from death. And, if not dead, it is now a micro-denomination of about 25 healthy congregations. For 50 years, I (and others) dreamed a dream of the ARPChurch as a significant and influential denomination in the world of Reformed and Evangelical Presbyterianism. Like the movie, that dream is gone with the wind, and I am sad!…

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On Saving My Own Soul

By Charles Wilson May 23, 2023
On Saving My Own Soul Chuck Wilson ARPTalk

The most self-condemnatory question ever asked was asked by Pilate when Jesus was brought before him. The questions is, “What is truth?” “What is truth?” The Moderator of General Synod sent out the following email today (May 22, 2023, see below). The purpose of this email is to offer an update on the recent activity of the Executive Board of the General Synod. On May 22, 2023, the former Reverend Charles (Chuck) Wilson appeared before the court in order to…

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Going Down — Part #1

By Charles Wilson March 24, 2023
Going Down Part One Chuck Wilson ARPTalk ARP Talk

When I last saw my cardiologist, there was good news and bad news. The good news was he assured me I wasn’t dead, yet. The bad news was he assured me his diagnosis regarding my amyloidosis-wild and congestive heart failure hadn’t changed, and his prognosis regarding my death remained the same. He said the Vyndamax (which was recently released by the FDA) is retarding the migration of bone proteins to my heart; nevertheless, the damage to my heart is extensive…

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Last Christmas

By Charles Wilson December 6, 2022
Last Christmas Chuck Wilson ARP Talk

Last Christmas ______________________________________________________ What would you do if this were your last Christmas? According to my doctor, there is a high probability this is my last Christmas. Last summer a year ago, I noticed I was  having  problems with fatigue. After visits with numerous physicians and many medical procedures, it was determined I had atrial flutter. I was shocked! How did that happen? I have spent two hours on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, in a gym, for the last…

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The Great Punt — Analysis of the 2022 Meeting of General Synod

By Charles Wilson June 28, 2022

The Great Punt If it were not for seeing old friends again and meeting new ones, the meeting of the General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church this summer would have been a total waste of time. As a friend said, “We’re doing it again. In good ARP style, we’re kicking the can down the road again. This Synod is nothing but a big punt.” Well, he nailed the essence of General Synod on the head. So, my title…

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From Where I’m Sitting and Rocking

By Charles Wilson April 16, 2022

I’m old now, and I’m too old to do much but sit in my rocking chair and rock in my living room with my dog beside me, look out our picture window at the world, observe the curious goings-on, scratch my gray and balding head, and I wonder in amazement. One of the things I wonder about is this: WHY DOES THE ASSOCIATE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CONTINUE HER SLOW AND STEADY MARCH TO THE GRAVE? ______________________________________________________ PAROCHIALISM AND XENOPHOBIA CONTINUE…

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‘Twas The Night Before Jesus Came!

By Tanner Cline December 29, 2021
‘Twas The Night Before Jesus Came! by the Reverend Tanner Cline Bartow Florida Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church ARPTalk Chuck Wilson

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Christmas poem below, written by the Reverend Tanner Cline, was presented on Christmas Eve to the congregation of the Bartow Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Bartow, Florida. I admire people with poetic creativity. I was blessed and intrigued by the poem. As you read it, I pray you find a belated Christmas blessing. ______________________________________________________ ‘Twas the night before Jesus came, when all thro’ the earth,Most people had given up on the Messiah’s birth. Caesar was taxing the…

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Repent or Perish

By Seth Yi October 29, 2021
No I tell you but unless you repent you will all likewise perish Seth Yi ARPTalk Chuck Wilson ARP Presbyterian

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is by Reverend Seth Yi, the pastor of the Newberry Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Newberry, South Carolina. Some may be offended by Seth’s words; however, pray consider, he may be right. If he is . . . ______________________________________________________ Jesus highlights how tragedy exposes the fragility and unpredictability of life and thus the eternal significance of being right with God. Therefore, no matter how protected or sheltered one’s life may appear to be (clearly not as much…

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From Where I Was Sitting: General Synod Report 2021

By Charles Wilson June 22, 2021
From Where I Was Sitting: General Synod Report 2021

I hate the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. I love the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. I am capable of loving and hating the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church at the same time. After 50 years, I have come to this conclusion: one does not have to be mind-numbingly drunk or rip-roaringly crazy to be an Associate Reformed Presbyterian, but both mind-numbingly drunk and rip-roaringly crazy help. Yes, I attended the meeting of General Synod on June 8-10, and the experience was almost…

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As I See It: General Synod

By Charles Wilson May 21, 2021
As I See It General Synod ARPTalk Chuck Wilson

Once again, for the third year, General Synod will not meet at Bonclarken. In 2019, Synod met in Pennsylvania, at Geneva College, in Beaver Falls. Last year, because of the stringent Covid protocols in North Carolina, Synod met in the facilities of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina. Once again, because of Covid protocols, the folks at Bonclarken requested Synod not to meet at Bonclarken. Unexpectedly, a few days later, President Biden, CDC officials, and the governor of North Carolina…

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As I See It

By Charles Wilson May 6, 2021
the ARP Retirement Program 2020

A TRIBUTE 2021 began with the announcement of the death of the Reverend Henry Lewis Smith, my friend since 1970. In the summer of 1972, my wife and I became Associate Reformed Presbyterians when we united with the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven, Florida. Henry was the founding pastor of the congregation. More than a pastor, Henry was my friend and mentor. What little I know about the political nature of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, I learned from…

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Joseph: Father Of Christmas

By Charles Wilson December 22, 2020
Joseph Father Of Christmas Gherardo Delle Notti San Giuseppe ARPTalk Reverend Chuck Wilson Synod

Other than Jesus, do you have a favorite Christmas character? I do. It’s Joseph, and I call him the father of Christmas. However, before I tell you why, let me begin with a story. I don’t have many childhood memories of Christmas. I was the only child of older parents, who were no-nonsense people. They were in their 30s when they married in 1942, and they waited until after World War Two to have a child. Daddy explained he wasn’t going to chance dying in the war and leaving mama to raise a child alone.

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Dysfunctional Family (2) A Two Part Analysis of the Meeting of General Synod

By Charles Wilson November 6, 2020
ARP Church Family 2 ARPTalk Reverend Chuck Wilson Synod

DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY (2) A Two Part Analysis of the Meeting of General Synod In the last issue of ARPTalk, by identifying the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church as a dysfunctional family, I am sure I offended some of my more sensitive readers who live in the fragile world of nice. However, as I was taught in counseling (and I have found it to be true in ministry), families of more than one person are dysfunctional — and it’s to be expected.…

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Dysfunctional Family (1) A Two Part Analysis of the Meeting of General Synod

By Charles Wilson October 31, 2020
ARP Church Family ARPTalk Reverend Chuck Wilson Synod

DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY (1) A Two Part Analysis of the Meeting of General Synod The meeting of General Synod last Thursday and Friday (October 22 and 23) sparked my imagination. In the beautiful sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, SC, we heard numerous delegates speak of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church as “family.” Well, are we family because we are small (and, indeed, we are small and very scattered)? Are we family because so many of us are blood-related…

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