The Dangerous Betrayal of Scotland’s Christian Heritage – Article in The Daily Mail – Easter Saturday 2016

Last week I received a phone call asking me if I would be willing to write the Mail’s Easter essay!  Is the Pope a Catholic?!  It was actually a difficult task (2,000 words) and to be honest I was not sure if they would take it.  Apart from a few edits to the first paragraphs they have printed it in full!  I am so thankful … Continue reading The Dangerous Betrayal of Scotland’s Christian Heritage – Article in The Daily Mail – Easter Saturday 2016

Persecution, Politicians and false Prophets

Visit to the Scottish Parliament- 10th Feb 2016 I was asked to speak to the Scottish Parliament sub-committee on religious freedom. Although I never stick to a text the following is the substance of what I said and a few reflections on the whole experience – which tells us a great deal about the state of Church and Society in Scotland today. “It is my … Continue reading Persecution, Politicians and false Prophets

A Theological Conversation with Scott McKenna – FULL TRANSCRIPT

The following is a full transcript of the theological conversation between Rev Scott McKenna (Minister, Church of Scotland) and Rev David Robertson, Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland and Director of Solas Centre for Public Christianity. The conversation was chaired by the Very Rev John Chalmers, Principal Clerk to, and former Moderator of, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. It took place in Mayfield Salisbury Church of Scotland, Edinburgh on 30th September, 2015 at 7:30pm.

My reflections on this can be found here –

https://theweeflea.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/the-scottgate-tapes-a-revealing-insight-into-the-current-state-of-the-church-of-scotland/

Despite written assurances that video and audio footage would be made available, the Church of Scotland has deleted the recordings.

Thanks to Ally Smith for the hard work of transcribing and laying out the full discussion. Please remember that this is a verbatim account of a spoken debate and therefore the grammar etc is not what you would expect for a written debate!

A low quality audio recording of the discussion can be listened to here: http://tapesfromscotland.org/mayfie…

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Angus McIntyre: (Session Clerk of Mayfield Salisbury Church of Scotland)

On behalf of Mayfield Salisbury Church I should like to extend our welcome to our audience this evening and to thank you for attending the public conversation featuring the Rev David Robertson and the Rev Scott McKenna.
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Ten Reasons Why the Church of Scotland is in Decline

Its March and the time when Kings go to war.  I don’t intend to go to war but I am very burdened for the state of the whole church of Christ in Scotland and so over the next few weeks as we lead up to the General Assemblies, I thought I would return to this subject (of which there have been other blogs!) and reflect … Continue reading Ten Reasons Why the Church of Scotland is in Decline

Full House – The Fairytale of Ecclesiastical Bingo, The Church of Scotland and the Million-Member Free Church.

I have taken a break for several months from commenting on the situation of the Church in Scotland in general and the Church of Scotland in particular. But the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Rev John Chalmers, has, together with the news that the Church has voted to allow those in unbiblical relationships to be ministers, finally prompted a response. Oh, how we need … Continue reading Full House – The Fairytale of Ecclesiastical Bingo, The Church of Scotland and the Million-Member Free Church.

Why Post- Referendum Reconciliation is a bit of a Sham

I suspect that this will be the most upsetting and ‘hurtful’ piece I have written for some time – at least for some people. So I apologise in advance. It is not intentional but I cannot keep silent. I cannot be reconciled to the unbiblical and harmful notion of ‘reconciliation’ which has been almost universally endorsed in both the secular and Christian press. Please don’t … Continue reading Why Post- Referendum Reconciliation is a bit of a Sham

Vote Yes for Real Hope – Solas Article in todays Scotsman

From the Scotsman today – get a copy and pass it around! Last week’s chance to make huge changes for good in this country were rejected by the Scottish people, but another way exists, says David Robertson Last week the Scottish people were given a real chance to change things and to shake up and change Britain forever. It was a rare choice, probably one … Continue reading Vote Yes for Real Hope – Solas Article in todays Scotsman

The True Purpose of the Church – Some Reflections on Dr John Chalmers Sermon in Stornoway – August 2014

I have come to a rather worrying conclusion – which I will share with you at the end of this article. I want to reflect a little on two things in the past week which indicate the state of the Church in Scotland. I recently attended a conference in St Andrews at which there was a considerable variety of Christian leaders. We heard a superb … Continue reading The True Purpose of the Church – Some Reflections on Dr John Chalmers Sermon in Stornoway – August 2014

Belonging before Believing – do you need to believe in God before becoming a Church Member?

The Church of Scotland Moderator has come out with an article in Life and Work which was reported in the Daily Mail as you don’t need to believe in God before you can be a member in the Church. No – that’s not a Monty Python joke – thats a serious notion of ‘christian’ evangelism….my response is below – thoughts appreciated. http://www.christiantoday.com/article/belonging.before.believing.a.recipe.for.a.dying.church/39171.htm Continue reading Belonging before Believing – do you need to believe in God before becoming a Church Member?