Monthly Archives: July 2012

Reformed Presbyterian International Conference

 

The RP International Conference is a six day “family reunion” held every four years, that brings together a segment of the Family of God…

THE RP INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE is a six day “family reunion” held every four years. The Conference brings a segment of the Family of God together which includes new families who have united with the RPNCA, friends of the RPCNA, and families with a rich history of God’s covenant faithfulness over the generations. Family members come from places as far away as Africa, Australia, Cyprus, Ireland, Japan, Scotland, and maybe from places such as East Asia and the Middle East. Over 1600 saints, young and old, enjoy fellowship focused on the Word of God expounded, the Psalms sung, and prayer.

Beyond such worship experiences there is plenty of diversity when it comes to workshops, seminars, and classes for all ages. It is a golden opportunity for the young people of the church to learn how the Lord is moving among peers throughout the world. From the talent night, to the consecration service, to the social events, to the free time, becoming acquainted with the members of Christ’s Family helps such passages as 1 Corinthians 12 come to life.

July 11, 2012 | Lord’s Day lunch registration will close at 5:00 PM EDT on Saturday, July 14.

July 7, 2012 | Room assignments have been emailed to all registrants. Please email the registrars if you didn’t receive this information (registrar@rpinternationalconference.org).

July 4, 2012 | The Program and Recreation booklets are now available on this site. Paper copies of these will be included in each household’s conference packet, but you’re welcome to read them in advance.

July 3, 2012 | Newsletter #6 is now available. Find all the latest news for the conference in the newsletter, which is available for download as a letter-sized version (PDF). This latest and the previous five newsletters can all be downloaded from the newsletter page of this site.

June 23, 2012 | The R.P. International Conference Staff wants people to know that, during the conference, visitors are welcome to attend the morning sessions in the Chapel and the adult breakout sessions during the second hour of each morning. The Tuesday and Thursday evening worship services are open to all. Visitors will not receive nametags and no meals will be available on campus.

As a reminder, visitors are welcome on the Lord’s Day for the following:

  • 9:00-10:15 AM: Morning worship Service
    • Dr. Richard Holdeman, preaching
  • 10:30-11:45 AM: Sabbath School Class (Adult/College/High school)
    • Dr. Joel Beeke, Teaching
  • 11:30-1:30 PM Lunch
  • 2:00 PM: Psalm Sing
  • 7:15-8:30PM: Evening Worship Service
    • Pastor David Reese, Preaching

MAY 21, 2012 | Join us for lunch! Those not attending the conference are invited to join us for the Lord’s Day, July 22, 2012, as discussed in newsletter #4. All are welcome to come for the worship services, classes, and Psalm Sing. There are no fees for attendance on that day. However, advance lunch reservations are required for those wishing to join us for lunch who are not registered for the conference. Please register online using this form.

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A new website dedicated to the 1650 Scottish Psalter

1650 Psalter available from the Trinitarian Bible Society http://www.tbsbibles.org

A new website recently arrived which appears to be dedicated to the 1650 Scottish Psalter.

“Welcome!

This site has been created in conjunction with the Scottish Metrical Psalm Sing at the Reformed Presbyterian International Conference held on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, IN). The Psalm Sing will take place on Thursday, July 26, 2012, at 2:00 p.m.

We hope that the resources that you find here will assist you in praising the Triune God of Holy Scripture, using His own inspired songbook; especially as it has been translated in the Scottish Psalter of 1650.”

Here is a selection from an article written by Sean McDonald and Brad Johnston

“Reformed Presbyterians have frequently commended the use of this Psalter. Robert J. Dodds, an American missionary to Syria from 1856 to 1870, wrote regarding “what an excellent metrical version of the Psalms we have. Its excellence consists,” he said, in its “fidelity to the original Hebrew. It may be asserted without fear of successful contradiction, that, take it all in all, it retains the meaning, spirit, life, energy, majesty and sublimity of the Hebrew Psalms, as little impaired as does the prose translation.”

More recently, the late J. Renwick Wright, in an address on “The Influence of the Scottish Metrical Psalter” (1949), tied in the experiential Christianity so often found in connection with this Psalter with its precision in translation. “Has the Scottish Metrical Version had great influence on the lives and characters of men? Yes, and all for good. Lying close, as it does, to its Hebrew original, it has been used thousands of times to lead men to seek spiritual life, to enter into spiritual life, and to grow in grace, and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, our Lord. What better influence could it have than that?”

As we sing from this Psalter, let us remember those that have gone before us in the faith, who have been strengthened, comforted, and edified as they sang these very words. And let us give all the praise of any blessing we receive from this Psalter version to the same eternal and unchangeable God worshipped in centuries past by Reformed Presbyterians around the world.”