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An American and a Scottish perspective on Lakeland


Two church leaders - one in America and one in Scotland have (this week) put down on paper their observations on the Lakeland events.
These are copied below - and are both are in the public domain. However if anyone wishes to respond to these messages please <click here> to the discussion thread which is available to (logged on) site members only.

David Robertson is a Free Church of Scotland minister, and a writer and author. He is also the editor of the Free Church Monthy Record (from which the following is extracted with permission from the September edition published this week)

Eating Grass for Jesus?


Apparently there is a revival in Florida. Thousands gather every night in a place called Lakeland. People travel from all over the world to “get the blessing”. Hundreds are healed and at least 20 people have been raised from the dead. Allegedly.
Background
The “revival” began on the 2nd of April this year. It is led by 32-year-old Canadian preacher Todd Bentley and has grown to between 5,000 and 10,000 people attending nightly. Bentley was converted at age 18 after a youthful life of drugs, sexual sin and crime, including a conviction for the sexual abuse of a child. Now he is the latest in a series of “miraculous” healing preachers who claim that they are able to bring the latest “anointing fire” (one of the things about this type of Christianity is that there is a whole jargon which seems to have some meaning for those who are in the know, but leaves the rest of us baffled). His style is flamboyant. Bentley dresses in shirts with biker logos, most of his body is covered in tattoos, he has a number of body piercings, he shouts and emotes when he preaches, and he follows the usual pattern of “slaying people in the Spirit”.
Is this for real?
Normally we would ignore such claims. But because of the impact of modern technology, (God TV is covering the whole event daily in glorious Technicolor), and the increasing gullibility of the British and American churches, we cannot do so. Christianity, a mainstream British magazine, carried a feature in its April edition that was very positive about the Lakeland show. Although critical of some aspects of the “work” in general, the article encouraged us ‘to be where God’s Spirit is’ and to take part in what is clearly of God. Other Christians adopt a ‘wait and see attitude’ and think that any criticism of the event is at best ‘unChristlike and judgemental’, and at worst blasphemy against the work of the Holy Spirit. However, it is the responsibility of the Church to expose error and protect the Lord’s people from being deluded by false teachers and prophets. There is no question about the Lakeland event. It is beyond heresy and false teaching. It is insane psychological manipulation, resulting in emotional, and in some cases physical, abuse. It is of the Pit. Consider the following quotes from Bentley.
The church gone mad?
‘Her tumour exploded out of her right leg, and slid down her leg onto the floor.’
‘God told me, “I want you to grab that crippled lady’s legs and bang them up and down on the floor like a baseball bat”. I walked up and I grabbed her legs and started yelling “be healed, be healed”. I started banging them up and down on the platform. She got healed.’
‘I asked God, “Why is the power of God not moving?” He said, “Because you haven’t kicked that woman in the face”. There was an older lady worshipping right in front of the platform, and the Holy Spirit talked to me, the gift of faith came on me, and he said, “Kick her in the face with your biker boot”. I inched closer and then went “bam!” as I kicked her in the face. And just as my boot was about to make contact the power of God came on her and she fell.’
And there is plenty more. You can watch Todd Bentley kick a man with colon cancer in the stomach, abuse people, and tell his stories ad nauseum about “leg dropping” a pastor, choking people and hitting a man so hard that he fell over and knocked out his tooth. One of the most disturbing things about this is that when Bentley tells these stories people in the audience are laughing and clapping. In addition he talks about going to heaven to meet Jesus, having regular conversations with an angel called Emma who tells him to talk more about angels rather than belief in Christ, and numerous other heresies. Has the world gone mad? No. Just “the church”.
Let them eat grass
Bentley teaches the principle of “transference”. You can get the “anointing” yourself by going to Florida, or if you cannot do that then through your TV screen, or if you are really desperate you can go to Dudley in the West Midlands, where a fresh “impartation” of “the blessing” is being “poured out”. One of the leading Lakeland preachers was at a conference in Scotland this July. He told the leaders there that God had tested his faith by asking him to eat grass and he wanted them to do so as well. There is the test of your faith – eat grass for Jesus!
Finally…
It is embarrassing for us as Christians to have to admit that we have this kind of lunacy done in the name of Christ. We know that there will be those who read this and say, “That’s typical Free Church. Always so negative”. There will be others who argue, like Christianity, that John the Baptist, Elijah and Jesus were “unusual”, and that therefore we have no right to dismiss Todd Bentley. Let us answer this simply. To compare the miracles of Jesus with the Showtime of Lakeland is to betray a profound ignorance of Scripture. We do not deny the miraculous. God worked miracles in the Bible. He can do so today. We do deny that God tells evangelists to kick people in the face. We do not care about what Mr Bentley wears. We do care about what he says and does in the name of Jesus. And we dare not set up the Free Church as a faultless church that all true Christians should join. Far from it. Our problems and sins run deep. But whatever weirdnesses we may have, we can at least be thankful that we do not advocate hitting people for Jesus. May God have mercy on us all.

Dutch Sheets is the Senior Pastor of Freedom Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. He is a close associate of C. Peter Wagner
A Statement and Appeal Regarding Lakeland
August 21, 2008

It has now been a couple of weeks since I heard about Todd Bentley's plans for separation and divorce. Like everyone, I have had a variety of emotions including anger, sadness, and grief. Every time I see this scenario repeated, I grieve: for the husband and wife involved; for the family that will be scarred in so many ways; because of the incredible reproach it brings to Christ; and the distortion it gives concerning God's heart and ways. I am praying for Todd and his family.
I was asked numerous times to write my position on Lakeland while it was happening, but always felt checked by the Lord-the waters were too muddy and emotions too high. I now feel strongly that the Lord wants me to do so. It will be arguably one of the greatest risks of my ministry to date, but one I feel must be taken. Fathers, when given the voice to do so, bear the responsibility of giving correction and wisdom. I hope mine qualifies for the latter. I assure you I have spent many hours praying and thinking through the situation.
The risks are broad: with some of my dearest friends and co-laborers, I risk harming those relationships; with many in the charismatic body of Christ, I risk appearing to be an arrogant, "self-appointed" spokesperson for them; to the "I told you so" crowd, I risk the accusation of "spinning" the situation. (As far as the heresy hunters and revival police-not those who raised legitimate questions about Lakeland, but the attack dogs who make their living and build their ministries criticizing everyone else-I lost respect for them long ago and couldn't care less what they think.) My purpose and sincere prayer in writing this statement, however, is three-fold: to see healing begin for the body of Christ; to initiate a process that can remove the reproach brought to Christ and the Church; and to do these things while preserving and honoring my current relationships. I pray that these desires, along with my heart, come through loudly. And I hope I'm writing this with true humility-who among us clearly sees all hidden in our own hearts?
Let me also preface this statement by saying that what needs to be said cannot be done quickly or carelessly. I do not want my heart to be missed and am not willing to run that risk for the sake of brevity, so please bear with the length. (Incidentally, I think it will be obvious no one involved in the Lakeland situation has asked me to write this; and for the sake of integrity on my part, none have been consulted concerning what I'm stating.)
Mistakes at Lakeland
1 Did leaders handling the Lakeland situation make mistakes?
Yes-huge mistakes. Beyond the obvious fruit of salvations and healings, can good come from Lakeland, as some have suggested, even with the recent revelations concerning Todd Bentley? Yes, but only if there is complete honesty and transparency, the removal of all attempts at self-preservation, and absolute humility from all sides.
2 Did I endorse the Lakeland meetings?
No, I did not, nor did I condemn them. I acknowledged that healings were occurring and some were being saved, which I still believe and rejoice over. I realized and stated that the thousands of people attending were hungry and sincere, as were those involved in leading the meetings.
The worship was regularly good. But looking past some of the immediate and positive results, I, like many, also looked ahead to the possible fruit from questionable doctrine and experiences, exaggeration and hype, youthful pride, character issues and the frightening potential of a 32 year "young" man leading a movement that could shape the future of the Church. These things were frightening, very frightening, to others and me.
When something has the potential of setting precedent, birthing a movement and being reproduced as a prototype, we are no longer simply endorsing good brothers, good intentions and miracles. Doctrine and foundations will be built on these events. Teachings and paradigms for future ministries will be formed-in short, the next generation of the church and the move of God in the earth could be greatly impacted. This is why I stopped short of endorsing everything at Lakeland. Just as importantly, I could not ignore the "check", the uneasiness, the sickening feeling deep in my spirit telling me something else was wrong-terribly wrong-in this situation. Like other leaders I tried to push past my uneasiness with the showmanship, the "bams," the head butts and kneeing, along with certain experiences and doctrines, all in order to embrace the good. Like many of my friends I tried to be-and believe I was- gracious, accepting, ready to think "out of the box", etc. But try as I may, the uneasiness in my spirit just wouldn't leave.
3 Did I voice my concerns to the appropriate people?
Yes, including stating my concerns for Todd's marriage to the Lakeland Outpouring Apostolic Team. Did they listen? Some did, some didn't. But I want to state emphatically, this is not an "I told you so" statement. In fact, much of what I want to address goes back several years into our charismatic Christian history. And I assure you that concerning our present weaknesses in the charismatic church, there is plenty of blame to go around. Personally, I've been right at times with my discernment and decisions, wrong at others. It would be worse than hypocritical for me to point the finger of accusation-I have no stones of judgment to throw. Nonetheless, mistakes were made and must be acknowledged and learned from in order for us to heal, grow and move forward.
Some of my closest friends endorsed and participated in the Lakeland meetings. For them I have both criticism-all of us lose credibility at this point if we're not completely honest-and affirmation. Should they have been more discerning and have listened to the warnings they received? Obviously. Should those who "aligned" Todd with spiritual fathers (which was a good thing and positioned him to receive help if he chooses to accept it) have realized to do so publicly was a mistake and could be interpreted by those watching in no other way than as a complete endorsement? Yes, they should have, especially when the event became a commissioning ceremony, complete with decrees and prophecies of going to higher levels, predictions of Todd's increasing world-wide influence and leading a world-wide revival, emphatic and prolific endorsements of his character, etc.
4 How could those watching believe the evening was anything but an aligning, endorsing and commissioning ceremony?
It really doesn't matter who laid their hands on Todd-all share responsibility. This was unwise at best, naïve at least and at its worst, foolish. And should the leaders involved have realized that those of us connected to them relationally, ministerially, and as movements-some even in alignment with them apostolically and as sons and daughters-would feel minimalized, if not betrayed, by the fact that they were in essence taking us onto the stage with them? Yes. These feelings were inevitable, especially when we had such uneasiness and asked them not to. Should there be an acknowledgment of these mistakes to the body of Christ for the sake of accountability and in order to rebuild trust? I believe so, and remain hopeful this will happen.
5 With such strong statements of disagreement, what is the affirmation toward my friends who led, participated in or endorsed this ceremony (and the meetings in general)?
Simply stated, I know their hearts. It is not a contradiction of my criticisms toward some of their actions to, at the same time, defend and endorse their hearts and character. It is completely appropriate-when true-to defend a person's heart and integrity while disagreeing with their actions. I think the blunder of that night was huge and very damaging to the body of Christ, but I also realize that in their hearts, those involved honestly felt they were doing the right things.
Again, while not defending the action taken, I would defend the character and integrity of Peter and Doris Wagner as vigorously as anyone I know, and do so with absolute confidence. There are no two people, and I mean that literally, who embody the qualities of humility, integrity, holiness (no compromise!), sacrifice, unselfish kingdom-thinking, the tireless giving of themselves to Christ's cause and the body of Christ-and do I need to add risk-taking?-as much as Peter and Doris Wagner. It remains my great honor to be associated with them and call them a spiritual father and mother. And again, while not minimizing or "sweeping under the rug" any wrong decisions, I remain steadfast in my belief that similar affirmations could be made of others involved-either directly or indirectly-in the ceremony. And some of them still see their endorsing of Lakeland as an endorsement of revival generally, not of Todd personally.
The Bigger Picture
It may come as a surprise, however, that my real purpose in writing this is not to only state the above, as important as I believe saying it is. My primary purpose, and I believe my assignment from the Lord, is to identificationally repent on behalf of the leadership of the charismatic body of Christ (see Nehemiah 1:4-7; Daniel 9:1-19). In doing so, I do not have a pompous, "no one else will, so I'll do it" attitude, nor am I arrogant enough to think I have become the spokesperson for the charismatic church. But in the same way that I can identify with the racism of white predecessors and repent to blacks, Native Americans and other races, I can represent the leadership of the charismatic body of Christ and identificationally repent for our sins and weaknesses. I encourage leaders who find my statements true and appropriate to join me. Beyond the simple fact of it being appropriate, I firmly believe it is the only way to begin the process of rebuilding trust with those asked to follow us and to remove the cynicism of the world we ask to listen to us. As you know, regaining credibility is much more difficult than attaining credibility.
Concerning what I'm about to say, I don't believe I have a critical spirit, nor do I want to diminish the sacrifices, faithfulness, and hard work done by so many in ministry. The fact remains, however, that we have failed the Lord and His people in many ways-not just with Lakeland but in countless other situations- and must repent if we are to be trusted in the future. And as you also know, no repentance is effective if watered down and couched in excuses, therefore, I intend to be brutally honest:
a) We, the leaders of the charismatic community, have operated in an extremely low level of discernment. Frankly, we often don't even try to discern. We assume a person's credibility based on gifts, charisma, the size of their ministry or church, whether they can prophesy or work a miracle, etc. (Miracles and signs are intended to validate God and His message, not the messenger; sometimes they validate the assignment of an individual, but never the person's character, lifestyle or spiritual maturity.) We leaders in the Church have become no different than the world around us in our standards for measuring success and greatness. This has contributed to the body of Christ giving millions of dollars to undeserving individuals; it has allowed people living in sin to become influential leaders-even to lead movement, allowing them influence all the way to the White House. Through our lack of discernment we built their stages and gave them their platforms. We have been gullible beyond words-gullible leaders producing gullible sheep. When a spiritual leader we're connected with violates trust, is exposed for immorality or falls below other accepted standards of behavior, it does not exonerate us simply to say we don't condone such behavior. Those we lead trust us to let them know whom to trust. We have failed them miserably in this regard. For this lack of discernment, and for employing and passing on inappropriate standards of judgment, I repent to the Lord and ask forgiveness of the body of Christ.
b) We, the leaders of the charismatic church, spin our involvement and fail to acknowledge our responsibility when other leaders fall-all of which stems from our self-preservation and pride. Enough of the spin-we're no different than Washington, DC. Every time another embarrassing and disgraceful situation is exposed, the dancing begins. It seems that no one bears any real responsibility except the man or woman who actually commits sin. Incredibly, we even blame "revival" itself-the pressures, attacks, weariness, the "revival is messy" argument, etc., saying it is responsible for the failures. This is disgusting. Those of us on boards of fallen leaders, those who helped give them a voice, put them on TV, published and endorsed their books (yes, I have), etc., are not exonerated simply by saying we don't condone the wrong behavior or that we didn't know. We're supposed to know.
I don't believe anyone is expecting perfection from us-I know I'm not. We're far too human for that. But we are expected to have enough humility to look the world and those who follow us in the eye when we miss it and say, "we were wrong and we are sorry."
Our careless accountability has caused the body of Christ to be spiritually raped and abused. It has produced disillusionment and brought immeasurable reproach to our God and cynicism to His message. Concerning Lakeland, what was called the "greatest revival since Azusa Street" has become possibly one of the greatest reproaches. We, the leaders of the charismatic church, are responsible.
For not accepting and acknowledging our responsibility, for caring more about our own reputation than Christ's, I repent to God and ask forgiveness of the body of Christ.
c) Our procedures and standards of accountability are incredibly inadequate. We have provided camaraderie, not biblical accountability. For those on Todd Bentley's board who had previous knowledge of his marriage problems and said nothing, it was more than a mistake-it was reckless, foolish, and irresponsible. For those on the stage the night of his aligning and commissioning who knew and said nothing-ditto. For those there who didn't know, my question is, "why didn't you?" You were trusted to know. That is one of the purposes of public commissioning and the purpose behind the concept of endorsement. I'm not trying to point the finger; I'm endeavoring to get us to be honest about our failures-we have serious credibility issues. Have I ever laid hands on, commissioned or endorsed anyone without adequately checking them out? Yes, but you better believe I'll be more careful next time! And we must not single out Lakeland. We're all guilty.
What about the leader in my city who ran with some of the leading spiritual fathers in our nation-sincere and good men, I might add, and not all "charismatic" leaders-who sang his praises and helped build his stage-all while he was doing drugs and having sex with other men? But we shouldn't blame only the high profile cases-what about those of us who unknowingly have had adulterers on our staffs or appointed elders that turned out to have compromise in their life? Sounding familiar yet?
This is so epidemic that every member of the body of Christ stands guilty-what pastor or leader did you follow that turned out to have sin issues? What ministry did you support that was unworthy? There is plenty of blame to go around. The big question becomes not "who do we blame" but "how do we fix this mess?"
Leaders can live in sin-adultery, homosexuality, financial wrongdoing, drugs, etc.-for years without it being realized. They can offer completely unacceptable lifestyles for the body of Christ to follow and still keep their TV programs and lavish lifestyles. In the name of grace, compassion and forgiveness we have lowered the standard so much that often there isn't one. We have bought into the lie that true discipline is "shooting our wounded." We have made a mockery of biblical restoration, making "ministry"-not healthy individuals, marriages and families-its ultimate goal. The fact is, integrity matters. No, we don't need legalistic, pharisaical standards, but we must have standards. For this lack of biblical accountability, I repent to God and I ask forgiveness of the body of Christ.
d) We, the leaders of the charismatic church, have built on hype, sensation, innovation, programs, personality and charisma. This has produced: shallowness; false movements; novice leaders-gifted but immature and untested; a deficient understanding of God's word; the building of man-centered rather than kingdom-centered churches and ministries; competition rather than cooperation; humanistic, selfcentered Christians who don't understand sacrifice and commitment; Christians without discernment; superstar leaders; a perverted and powerless gospel; prayerless and anemic Christians; a replacement of the fear of the Lord with the fear of man; and a young generation that is cynical of it all. We are responsible, not the devil; he takes what we give him.
For this compromise in the way we build, for giving the Church watered down wine, commercial Christianity, a flashy but weak Church and hype disguised as anointing, I repent to God and ask forgiveness of the body of Christ.
Galatians 6:1-5 is an appropriate reference with which to end this statement: "Brethren, even if a man caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. For each one shall bear his own load." (NAS)
My passionate prayer is that God honors this repentance – I believe He led me to do it and therefore, will-and uses it to begin a process of cleansing and healing for all of us. In order for the coming great awakening to bear maximum fruit we must have both, as well as a course correction that sets us on a path of wisdom leading to life. There is no doubt that past moves of God have been aborted, ended prematurely and contained error or heresy that have wounded, if not destroyed, many. The healing revival of the 40's and 50's, the charismatic movement, discipleship movement and Jesus movement are all examples. My heart is to help shape a movement, the fruit of which will last for decades-better yet, forever. And I have great expectations for us-I am not a cynic.
My passionate prayer is also that Todd Bentley's marriage survives and thrives. that he turns his heart fully toward Christ and toward those with whom he is aligned, and allows them, as God leads, to put him on a path of complete restoration. I thank God for those who were touched by the Holy Spirit at Lakeland and while watching it on God TV and the web.
May we all move forward into all God has planned for us in this awesome season of endless possibility.
With great hope,
Dutch Sheets

Footnotes:
1. The Lakeland phenomenon was endorsed at the Clan Gathering in St. Andrew's (Scotland) in August this year.
2. Anyone wishing to respond to the messages on this page <click here> to get to the discussion list.
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Professor John Lennox is scheduled to speak at Eden Court on creation and science as part of the UHI Lecture Series which earlier included a talk from Richard Dawkins. (Author: Christians Together)

2008 Day Away for Women
A day conference for women in the MacDonald Aviemore Conference Centre with Nola Leach (CARE) and Martha MacPherson (returned from Peru) (Author: Sandra Bain)

Message from Orissa: 'God is in control'
Concerning troubles in Orissa, India, a local leader says: ""They don't understand that by doing this, the church will grow by leaps and bounds, and this will cause thousands to come to Christ." (Author: Gospel for Asia)

ACTS - Celebration and Open Evening
The Association of Christian Teachers in Scotland invite friends and interested parties to an informal look back over the past year at the work of the Association (Author: Kirsti Paterson)

Scottish Northern Convention 2008
The Convention meets at Castle Street Church of Scotland from Sat 29 Sept to Thursday 2nd October. Speakers include Liam Goligher, Martin Allen and Hugh Watt. (Author: Christians Together)

Prophetic Evangelism School
Catch the Fire Ministries are running a Prophetic Evangelism School in Inverness with speakers Mark Stibbe and Nick Pengelly. (Author: Catch the Fire Ministries)

God at work in and through China's earthquake
A news report of how God has worked and is continuing to work in China during and since the recent earthquake which has opened up the people to the Gospel (Author: Heavens Family)

Keswick in Buckie 2008
The annual "Keswick in Buckie" is scheduled for the beginning of August in its usual home in North Church, Buckie (Author: Graeme Gerrard)

A Mixture in the Church
Peter Horrobin the International Director of Ellel Ministries has published a significant response to the "Lakeland Revival" in reply to the questions being asked. (Author: Peter Horrobin)

Prayer News and Diary updates for SU Regional Workers
Annette Maclean at SU Inverness sends in some links to the prayer newsletters from the SU workers in the Highlands and Islands area. (Author: Annette Maclean)

Bridge from the Head to the Heart
A course mixing inspirational teaching and creativity workshops for those who know the love of God in their head but long for it to reach the depths of their heart. (Author: Ellel Scotland)

Healing through the power of Forgiveness
Frida Gashumba miraculously survived the massacre of her family in the Rwandan genocide. Frida will be telling of her survival and how she found healing and restoration through the forgiveness of her family’s killers. (Author: Ellel Ministries Scotland)

21st Century Church
Ellel Scotland are hosting a 'school' entitled '21st Century Church' at their Blairmore House centre from 28 June - 5 July 2008. (Author: Ellel Ministries Scotland)

The Great Apostasy is setting in
Question: "What can we learn from reflecting on Jesus as a rabbi, prophet, guru and brother of the Buddha?" Who's asking? A partner of Action for Churches Together in Scotland. (Author: Watchman)

Israel Prayer Conference - STOP PRESS
There is a free day on Saturday as part of the Israel Prayer Conference at Blairmore House. Come and hear from Israeli pastors about the situation in Israel. (Author: Ellel Scotland - Blairmore House)

Pilot's passenger turned to prayer
Two fliers believe that prayer saved them as they plunged to earth when their microlight aircraft ran out of fuel and seemed destined for a fatal crash. (Author: London Evening Standard)

Becoming Catalysts for Change
A summary delegate report back from the recent Scottish Network Churches Conference 2008 on building church in the community. (Author: Tony Walters)

Lakeland Revival - truth or deception, or....
Reports are coming in of and warnings about a Toronto-style "revival" currently taking place in the city of Lakeland, Florida led by Canadian healing evangelist Todd Bentley. (Author: CT)

Richard Dawkins' Delusion about God
A critique on Richard Dawkins' answers during the Questions and Answers session at Eden Court, Inverness, 2nd April 2008. (Author: Dr Donald Boyd)

Expelled - the Movie
Expelled is a film produced and being released in the United States which seeks to expose the campaign aimed against scientists who hold to a creationist view of the universe. (Author: Christians Together)

The National Gathering
The 'Church without walls' National Gathering is being held again this year at Ingliston Show Ground in Edinburgh over 2 days in May (Author: Christians Together)

HTC latest news
The latest newsletter from the Highland Theological College, plus details about a forthcoming lecture by Professor Andrew McGowan in Eden Court. (Author: )

A powerful message
A young preacher spoke from the heart to a conference of young people. What he said was so shocking and Biblical he was never asked back. (Author: Christians Together)

Google taken to task by Christian Institute
Google has been threatened with legal proceedings by the Christian Institute which claims that the internet giant is guilty of religious discrimination. (Author: Christians Together)

Neighbourhood Bible Study Groups
In relation to neighbourhood Bible study groups, do you know of any or are you involved in one, or would you like information about any group in your area. (Author: Christians Together)

David Robertson counters Dawkins
Rev. David Robertson of the Free Church gives a response to Dawkins in his book The Dawkins letters; and you can view him speaking about this here. (Author: Christians Together)

Theological studies and modes of learning
A student with the Highland Theological College has submitted a short paper comparing modes of study in an open learning environment. (Author: HTC Student)

Scottish Christian Men's Annual Conference
The Scottish Christian Men's Ministry is hosting its sixth Annual Conference. (Author: Tom Greig)

Vision for Prospects Groups across the region
A vision to see Prospects groups across the Highland area - supporting families and individuals who have learning difficulties. (Author: )

Faith Mission - activities and needs
Donnie MacLeod outlines the recent work of the Faith Mission and alerts us to a need for accommodation for the summer camps. (Author: Donnie Macleod)

Introduction to Islam
Sign up for a course on Islam - everyone else is. The course includes a visit to a mosque - but shoes must be removed and women's heads covered. (Author: Watchman)

Attack on Christian relief aid agency
James Campbell, Blythswood's CEO responds to the newspaper columnists attack on the Blythswood Christmas Shoe Box appeal. (Author: )

The Golden Compass - atheism for kids?
There will be a new children's movie out in December called "The Golden Compass". The movie has been described as "atheism for kids" (Author: )

Prayer and Intercession
A week-long course on intercessory prayer run by Ellel Ministries Scotland at Blairmore House (near Huntly) (Author: )

Sentenced for preaching from God's Word
Ake Green is a Swedish pastor who was sentenced to prison for saying that homosexuality is wrong. His conviction was overturned on appeal. (Author: )

Re-introducing Jesus
A powerful poem of re-introduction to the real Jesus (of God, the Bible and His church). The Jesus who came, the Jesus who reigns and the Jesus who is coming back. (Author: )

Our Worst Enemy, Ourselves
But the maddening reality is that we do not understand that WE are our own worst enemies...... (Author: )

Al Qaeda Terror Won't Stop If US Pulls Out
Olivier Roy, the French political scientist says: "Today the narrative of the revolt is religious. Forty years ago it was Marxist. Today it is religious....." (Author: )

Jews Making Aliyah - Returning Home
The largest chartered flight of the summer filled with new immigrants (olim) from North America touched down Tuesday morning at Ben Gurion International Airport. (Author: Arutz Sheva)

Amazon Heartbeat
A new 8-part series starts Monday 6th August about the work of the Vine Trust bringing relief to the people of the Amazonian region. (Author: )

Answers in Genesis
Ken Ham (international speaker with Answers in Genesis) is due to speak in Stornoway and Inverness on a range of important topics relating to our contemporary culture (Author: )

Scottish Northern Convention
The annual Scottish Northern Convention is sceduled to be held in Dingwall (Castle Street Church of Scotland) with a full programme of events and speakers. (Author: )

Discovering the Treasure of Life
A week of restoration, refreshment and personal revival aimed at finding the hidden depths and reviving the joy of abundant life. (Author: )

Microchip implants
It is increasingly likely that many citizens will soon have micro-chips (RFID devices) implanted under their skin. (Author: The Editor)

Churches, employment law and sexuality
According to the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship, a recent ruling on employment law requires churches to have "clearly stated positions" on the issue of sexual morality (Author: )

Clan Gathering 2007
Collection of views on the July 2007 Clan Gathering event in St. Andrews. (Author: )

New Bible Society youth worker
A new youth development manager has been appointed by the Scottish Bible Society to encourage young people to engage with the Bible and SBS (Author: )

Report from Bogota conference
Today in excess of 60,000 people pass through the doors every week; 45,000 attending the Sunday morning services and 15,000 on a Friday evening. (Author: Steve Taylor)

Taking, making and faking human life
Andrea Minichiello Williams of Christian Concern for our Nation and the Lawyers Christian Fellowship speaking on the prospect of human/animal hybrids. (Author: )

Teenager takes school to High Court
After nearly 12 months of waiting, Lydia Playfoot will this morning (22JUNE), take her school to the High Court over her right to wear a Christian 'purity ring'. (Author: )

Sexual health crisis in young people
Health experts warn increasing consumption of alcohol and recreational drugs among teenagers and young adults is fuelling soaring rates of sexually transmitted diseases (Author: Independent Online)

CLAN Gathering 2007
The CLAN Gathering in St. Andrews has become a regular holiday/conference event in the annual Scottish Christian calendar. (Author: )

Aberdeen City Mission wins top award
Aberdeen City Mission emerged as one of only three Scottish winners of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - the equivalent of an MBE. (Author: )

Free Teaching Day - One nation, one King
Free Teaching Day as part of the prayer conference for Israel - One Nation, One King! with Eliyahu Ben-Haim, Chuck Cohen and Ofer Amitai (Author: )

New Bishop for Moray, Ross and Caithness
The Rev Canon Mark Strange has been elected as the new Bishop for the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness. A service of consecration is planned for October (Author: )

A response to Dawkins
Dundee Free Church of Scotland minister David Robertson has published a book entitled "The Dawkins Letters" which challenges the views of arch-atheist Richard Dawkins. (Author: )

Edinburgh University and Pagan Conference
Edinburgh University has granted permission to the Pagan Society Scotland to use the campus grounds for a major pagan conference involving Druids, shamans and witches. (Author: )

NHS hospital hosts occult activities
LAST SUNDAY, 20th May, Hope Hospital in Salford, allocated a substantial area of the hospital for a 'mind, body, spirit awareness festival' which included a range of occult activities. (Author: E-mail report)

Resources for ministry into the cults/occult
Reachout Trust is a well-established ministry providing resources, help and training for those who need a fuller understanding of the cults / occult. (Author: )

Scottish Christian Resources Exhibition
This exhibition will provide an exciting blend of exhibitors, church stories, seminars, fellowship, worship and much more. (Author: )

Complaints about Gay Police advert
In a record year for complaints to the ASA, the Gay Police Association advert was the most controversial, attracting more than 500 complaints. (Author: )

Life Issues update
A number of live issues at the moment are to do with the beginning and end of life. This will update you on the developments that are taking place in these areas (Author: Andrea Minichielllo Williams)

World View comes to Scotland
The Bibleworld SBS Studios, Scottish Bible Society’s travelling multimedia educational resource has taken on a new staff member. (Author: )

Key issues update from CCFN/LCF
A "key issues" update from CCFN - includes news from campus at Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt universities; and George Hargreave's (SCP) actions on drug classification. (Author: )

3 million waiting for an invite to church
A Tear Fund church report states that one in seven adults in the UK attends a Christian church each month, with nearly 3 million more people saying they would attend church if only they were asked, (Author: )

The Ultimate Text Message
The Scottish Bible Society (SBS) is participating in a new venture to make the Bible available to mobile phone users so that it can now be carried and accessed anywhere. (Author: )

Prayer walking Scotland video
A Pray for Scotland project from Easter and Pentecost (Author: )

BBC Radio News
A link to Radio Scotland (Author: )

Press Release from Lawyers Christian Fellowship
A Press Release by the Lawyers Christian Fellowship - 21 March 2007 (following the vote in the Lords). (Author: )

Rush to introduce SOR legislation
An interview with Conservative MP Peter Bone on his views of the rush to introduce new SORs legislation. (Author: )

True Womanhood 2
An new week at Ellel Scotland for women of all ages designed to enable women to move forward into their true identity. (Author: )

Parliamentary Prayer for Scotland
The PPS team led a seminar at the recent Pray for Scotland's Storehouse Conference in the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness (Author: )

Sexual Orientation Regulations
A "must read" from Christian Concern for our Nation / Lawyers Christian Fellowship (Author: )

HTC - Job vacancy
A vacancy for an Academic Officer working with the Highand Theological College (Author: )

Highland Heritage
The Gospel in Highland 2007 (year of culture). (Author: )

Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highand)
A news update from Jim Rettie (Author: )

SCP's Highlands and Islands candidate
Murdo Murray from Lewis is to stand as the Highlands and Islands candidate for the Scottish Christian Party (Author: )

Highland-wide activities and news
A place for news relating to different areas across the Highlands (Author: )

Faith Mission activities
Have a look at the things that the folks in the Faith Mission have planned to do. And please pray for these ventures. (Author: )

Information for Christian guest house operators
The newly-introduced Sexual Orientation Regulations are already having a serious impact on Christian businesses. (Author: CT)


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