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Got this in my inbox; it’s authentic. Trinity Church of the Tri-Cities has left the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches. Praise God. The following letter cites their cause of action. It’s addressed to Alan Burrow, a CREC presiding minister who helped write the Presiding Ministers’ Report on the Sitler and Wight Sex Abuse Cases:

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Trinity Church of the Tri-Cities 1007 Wright Avenue Pasco, WA, 99354 To Alan Burrow, Knox Presbytery, and the Presiding Ministers of the CREC: Trinity Church of the Tri-Cities is withdrawing membership from the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches, effective immediately. We believe God is leading us to grow and seek fellowship in a direction that is incompatible with the CREC and our congregation has voted to leave the denomination. Both our leadership and our membership agree that this is the right move for our church. Not every member in our church desires to wander into denominational issues, and that is not a bad thing. As leaders of God’s people however, we feel the burden of Lord to speak the whole truth of the matter for the good of His people. We had hoped the CREC would outgrow certain issues so our congregation could remain and possibly even be a presence for positive change. Unfortunately, for too many, the CREC is the face of abuse of women and defender of child abusers. We had hoped the Presiding Ministers would respond with wisdom to the recent sexual molestation investigations. The failure of this report gives us little hope for the future of the CREC. Rather than reining in Douglas Wilson’s behavior, they have instead encouraged his tone and demeanor. They have overly praised him, evincing cowardice or complicity. We have also been disheartened to see the larger assemblies of the CREC function with systematic disregard for lay members; it is rare to see a voting delegate who is a lay Elder. Further, matters for which a vote is required are brought to Knox Presbytery at the last minute, demonstrating a lack of interest and an air of disdain for the input of lay Christians. We desire to see the whole Body of Christ grow and mature, rather than be marginalized and infantilized by pastors with an extreme emphasis on “authority” that diminishes lay leadership, lay ministry, and lay men and women. Finally, we desire greater fellowship with the larger Christian world, rather than the isolation that comes from being a part of a group that gleefully defines itself by its enemies. Consistently sowing dissension among the brotherhood of Christians (even among its own ranks!) displays an unbiblical attitude, and that seems to be the current tone of the most prominent CREC pastors. May God bless you with judgment unto restoration, rather than unto further dissension. Sincerely, Toby Wilson (for the Leadership) Trinity Church of the Tri-Cities

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What a gem. We pray godspeed on Trinity Church of the Tri-Cities.]]>
Trinity Church of the Tri-Cities

Got this in my inbox; it’s authentic. Trinity Church of the Tri-Cities has left the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches. Praise God. The following letter cites their cause of action. It’s addressed to Alan Burrow, a CREC presiding minister who helped write the Presiding Ministers’ Report on the Sitler and Wight Sex Abuse Cases:

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Trinity Church of the Tri-Cities 1007 Wright Avenue Pasco, WA, 99354 To Alan Burrow, Knox Presbytery, and the Presiding Ministers of the CREC: Trinity Church of the Tri-Cities is withdrawing membership from the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches, effective immediately. We believe God is leading us to grow and seek fellowship in a direction that is incompatible with the CREC and our congregation has voted to leave the denomination. Both our leadership and our membership agree that this is the right move for our church. Not every member in our church desires to wander into denominational issues, and that is not a bad thing. As leaders of God’s people however, we feel the burden of Lord to speak the whole truth of the matter for the good of His people. We had hoped the CREC would outgrow certain issues so our congregation could remain and possibly even be a presence for positive change. Unfortunately, for too many, the CREC is the face of abuse of women and defender of child abusers. We had hoped the Presiding Ministers would respond with wisdom to the recent sexual molestation investigations. The failure of this report gives us little hope for the future of the CREC. Rather than reining in Douglas Wilson’s behavior, they have instead encouraged his tone and demeanor. They have overly praised him, evincing cowardice or complicity. We have also been disheartened to see the larger assemblies of the CREC function with systematic disregard for lay members; it is rare to see a voting delegate who is a lay Elder. Further, matters for which a vote is required are brought to Knox Presbytery at the last minute, demonstrating a lack of interest and an air of disdain for the input of lay Christians. We desire to see the whole Body of Christ grow and mature, rather than be marginalized and infantilized by pastors with an extreme emphasis on “authority” that diminishes lay leadership, lay ministry, and lay men and women. Finally, we desire greater fellowship with the larger Christian world, rather than the isolation that comes from being a part of a group that gleefully defines itself by its enemies. Consistently sowing dissension among the brotherhood of Christians (even among its own ranks!) displays an unbiblical attitude, and that seems to be the current tone of the most prominent CREC pastors. May God bless you with judgment unto restoration, rather than unto further dissension. Sincerely, Toby Wilson (for the Leadership) Trinity Church of the Tri-Cities

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What a gem. We pray godspeed on Trinity Church of the Tri-Cities.]]>
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Ode to Roy http://www.moscowid.net/2017/12/08/ode-to-roy/ http://www.moscowid.net/2017/12/08/ode-to-roy/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 01:31:33 +0000 http://www.moscowid.net/?p=36055 Run out on a rail.

“As for Baldwin, one could not even dignify him with the name of stuffed shirt. He was simply a hole in the air.” George Orwell
Roy AtwoodI missed this anniversary but it’s too important to let slide: On December 1, 2014, Dr. Roy Atwood unceremoniously resigned as President of New St. Andrews College. This happened in the middle of a Monday morning, in the middle of a semester, in the middle of a school year, just three weeks before Christmas, after holding the position for 20 years. Blamo. He quit. It’s almost like he was forced out. Dude woke up in Albania, which is slightly worse than the movie mogul who woke up with a horse’s head in the sack. At least he could wash the sheets. But I digress. If we learn anything from the Presiding Ministers’ Report on the Sitler and Wight Sex Abuse Cases, we learn that Pastor Douglas Wilson of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, knows how to keep everyone in the dark — starting with his elders. In other words, it’s safe to assume that no one but Doug Wilson and Roy Atwood know why he got whacked. From NSA’s website:

Joint Public Announcement

The board of New Saint Andrews College regrets to announce that Roy Atwood is stepping down from his role as president of the college, effective immediately. He will continue to work for the College in his role as Senior Fellow, including teaching his scheduled classes and working with students. According to our board policy procedures on executive succession, Executive Vice-president Bob Hieronymus will take over as acting president until December 31st. Since Bob had already informed us that he will be leaving NSA at the end of the year, Academic Dean Ben Merkle, as per policy, will begin serving as interim president January 1st. He will serve as interim president until the president search committee identifies the next president. The board wants to take this opportunity to honor Roy for his years of faithful service to the College, and to publicly acknowledge how much we owe to him. We know that without him, New Saint Andrews College would not be nearly so successful. Roy was instrumental in procuring our building, our accreditation and our outstanding faculty, and we owe him countless other debts that we could not begin to itemize. We thank the Lord for Roy’s and Bev’s years of service and sacrifice to the College. At the same time, a resignation mid-year is not a trifle. Because of other recent administrative staff changes, the Board felt it needed to advance its timetable for appointing a new chief executive prior to Roy’s planned retirement at age 67. Unfortunately, because Roy is 62 and not yet in a position financially to retire at this time, he thought it best to resign, allowing the board to seek new leadership while he pursues other employment opportunities. The members of the board and Roy esteem one another highly as conscientious Christian gentlemen. We trust that God will make fruitful this transition to new leadership in the College and for Roy’s future labors. Please pray for us all, and we look forward to a bright future as God blesses the work of our hands. Csaba Leidenfrost Chairman, NSA Board of Directors Roy A. Atwood
If you know what happened, please use the contact form.]]>
Run out on a rail.

“As for Baldwin, one could not even dignify him with the name of stuffed shirt. He was simply a hole in the air.” George Orwell
Roy AtwoodI missed this anniversary but it’s too important to let slide: On December 1, 2014, Dr. Roy Atwood unceremoniously resigned as President of New St. Andrews College. This happened in the middle of a Monday morning, in the middle of a semester, in the middle of a school year, just three weeks before Christmas, after holding the position for 20 years. Blamo. He quit. It’s almost like he was forced out. Dude woke up in Albania, which is slightly worse than the movie mogul who woke up with a horse’s head in the sack. At least he could wash the sheets. But I digress. If we learn anything from the Presiding Ministers’ Report on the Sitler and Wight Sex Abuse Cases, we learn that Pastor Douglas Wilson of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, knows how to keep everyone in the dark — starting with his elders. In other words, it’s safe to assume that no one but Doug Wilson and Roy Atwood know why he got whacked. From NSA’s website:

Joint Public Announcement

The board of New Saint Andrews College regrets to announce that Roy Atwood is stepping down from his role as president of the college, effective immediately. He will continue to work for the College in his role as Senior Fellow, including teaching his scheduled classes and working with students. According to our board policy procedures on executive succession, Executive Vice-president Bob Hieronymus will take over as acting president until December 31st. Since Bob had already informed us that he will be leaving NSA at the end of the year, Academic Dean Ben Merkle, as per policy, will begin serving as interim president January 1st. He will serve as interim president until the president search committee identifies the next president. The board wants to take this opportunity to honor Roy for his years of faithful service to the College, and to publicly acknowledge how much we owe to him. We know that without him, New Saint Andrews College would not be nearly so successful. Roy was instrumental in procuring our building, our accreditation and our outstanding faculty, and we owe him countless other debts that we could not begin to itemize. We thank the Lord for Roy’s and Bev’s years of service and sacrifice to the College. At the same time, a resignation mid-year is not a trifle. Because of other recent administrative staff changes, the Board felt it needed to advance its timetable for appointing a new chief executive prior to Roy’s planned retirement at age 67. Unfortunately, because Roy is 62 and not yet in a position financially to retire at this time, he thought it best to resign, allowing the board to seek new leadership while he pursues other employment opportunities. The members of the board and Roy esteem one another highly as conscientious Christian gentlemen. We trust that God will make fruitful this transition to new leadership in the College and for Roy’s future labors. Please pray for us all, and we look forward to a bright future as God blesses the work of our hands. Csaba Leidenfrost Chairman, NSA Board of Directors Roy A. Atwood
If you know what happened, please use the contact form.]]>
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Ludwig van Beethoven: “Ode to Joy” http://www.moscowid.net/2017/12/08/ludwig-van-beethoven-ode-to-joy/ http://www.moscowid.net/2017/12/08/ludwig-van-beethoven-ode-to-joy/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:05:40 +0000 http://www.moscowid.net/?p=36045

The dam breaks at 1:06:50.

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