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
The Church of Scotland wanted to move on from dissing the Bible and rejecting its teaching about marriage to some things more important. This week we have been finding out what these things are. Smacking – The General Assembly voted to ban corporal punishment at home. Of course they can’t, but they want to ask the government to do so. The Kirk agreed by 275 … Continue reading Smacking, Fracking, Fossils, Europe, Anglicans and Feedback – Assembly News and Views.
As we move into pre-Assembly season I want to begin a new weekly series looking at the state of the Church of Jesus Christ in Scotland, and assessing where we are, how things have changed in the past year and look at some of the opportunities and threats to us. There is no particular order to this but I hope that these musings/observations will … Continue reading Life and Work – The State of the Church of Scotland Today
Last night I had a discussion/question time with a lovely group of ‘more mature’ people, mostly from a C of S background. They were a fascinating group of people with lots of questions, thoughts, doubts and fears. It was just a real joy to be able to share with them on the Old Testament, Jesus, etc. We had a great evening as we opened the Scriptures. It was … Continue reading Lessons from Scotland – A Call to Ministers and Pastors in Scotland and Beyond
This is the lead article in this months Evangelicals Now SCOTLAND: CRUCIAL DEBATE On 30 September David Robertson participated in a debate with the Revd Scott McKenna, in his Mayfield /Salisbury Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. en The view down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh | This debate had arisen because of Mr McKenna’s sermon on YouTube in which he declared that Christ dying for our … Continue reading Scotland: Crucial Debate – Evangelicals Now
Why did I bother debating Scott McKenna? Was it some kind of church politics, seeking to score theological points against the Church of Scotland? Was it just because I love arguing and a good theological rammie gets the blood circulating? Was it just another pathetic attempt at self-publicity – pick a fight and they will come running?
Insofar as it is possible to discern one’s own motives let me simply state that my only reason for debating Scott was to seek to bring the Gospel both to him and his congregation. I believe that what he teaches is from the pit of hell and that it condemns people to hell. Much as I hate things such as slavery, poverty and racism and would and do campaign against them both within and out with the church, I hate the teaching of a false gospel even more – because it takes away from the glory and beauty of Christ, and pulls people away from Continue reading “Whither Church of Scotland Evangelicals now?”
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 –
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…
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.
Continue reading “A Theological Conversation with Scott McKenna – FULL TRANSCRIPT”
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”
In March of this year I wrote the following article – based on a video which I watched with mounting horror (I attach that below as well). In it Rev Scott McKenna in answering the question ‘do you believe that Jesus died for your sin?’, declared ‘no,no, no, thats ghastly theology’. In one soundbite he denied the whole good news of Jesus Christ. After writing … Continue reading The Most Important Debate – Scott McKenna, Angus Morrison, the Atonement and the Future of the Church in Scotland
http://www.solas-cpc.org/wp/2015/09/quantum-40/ http://www.solas-cpc.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Quantum-40.jpg This weeks Quantum….love Al’s choice of music! We discuss the House of Lords | The Queen | Migrant/Refugee Crisis | Turks v Kurds | Pooh Sticks | Ze & Xyr | TV times | Rev Scott McKenna Enjoy, comment, subscribe to the podcast and pass on….click on the green link above.. Continue reading Quantum of Solas 40 – the House of Lords | The Queen | Migrant/Refugee Crisis | Turks v Kurds | Pooh Sticks | Ze & Xyr | TV times | Rev Scott McKenna