As we head towards St Andrews Day – its perhaps appropriate to reflect on the state of the Church in Scotland – and given the amount of publicity they have received this week, especially The Church of Scotland. It is drifting into ‘irrelevance and obscurity’. No – this is not another analysis from an ‘outsider’ such as yours truly. This is an article/press release … Continue reading The Suicide of the Church of Scotland – A Call to Prayer for St Andrews Day
As I prepare for the Free Church Assembly beginning this evening, I have been reflecting on what happened at the Church of Scotland Assembly on Saturday. This from the BBC sums it up well: The Church of Scotland has voted to allow its gay ministers to marry. The General Assembly meeting in Edinburgh voted 339 votes to 215 to update church law to bring … Continue reading A Rubicon has been Crossed – The Church of Scotland Assembly Decision on Saturday
This is one blog I was praying I would not have to write. So much so that I have held of writing for days in the hope that common sense and Christian decency would prevail. But time has run out. I have to admit it…in my naivety I have been played and suckered. And it’s not a nice feeling.
On Wednesday September 30th I found myself walking down South Clerk St towards Salisbury Mayfield Church of Scotland. I was in a literal cold sweat to the extent that I wondered if I was going to collapse. Why was I in such a state? Because I felt I was walking into the lions den. I was there to debate Rev. Scott McKenna, minister of the Church, on the bible, the atonement and the future of the church in Scotland. You can see the advert linked here:
At one level I was excited. Because the church was packed with over 250 people on a midweek evening to discuss theology; because I liked Scott when I had met him previously and believed that he genuinely wanted to have an open discussion about Continue reading “The Scottgate Tapes – A Revealing Insight into the Current State of the Church of Scotland”
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.
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
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?