The following document has been sent to Church of Scotland presbyteries across Scotland and is published with the author's permission. [A presbytery is a group (geographical; city or county) of local churches.] The Church meets in General Assembly in May of each year. Amongst the principal figures at any Assembly are -
The links on the left of this page give access to the background and developments relating to the discussion at this year's Assembly on the appointment of an actively-gay minister to a church in Aberdeen. [Although the Assembly placed a 'gagging order' on the Church with relation to the issue of sexuality, the following relates to the procedures at the Assembly and not the sexuality issue itself.]
In spite of the moratorium there has nevertheless been, and continues to be, much internal discussion and concern about the decisions taken at the May Assembly and the manner in which the procedures were handled. Although a Special Commission was appointed to report back in 2011 on the issue of sexuality many ministers, elders, members and congregations are meanwhile actively considering their respective positions.
Church of Scotland
This presentation seeks to consider the conduct
of the 2009 General Assembly in respect of
the Scott Rennie case and related issues.
Rev Dr Robert Anderson
Blackburn & Seafield Church
The 2009 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
1. Bad Practice
1.1 At the 2009 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland the conduct of the Scott Rennie case and related issues was an example of bad practice seriously damaging to the whole Church.
1.2 The Moderator, the Acting Principal Clerk and the Convener of the Assembly Arrangements Committee failed in their duties.
1.2.1 They did not act in the best interests of the General Assembly Commissioners.
1.2.2 They did not uphold the constitution and practice of the Church.
1.2.3 They strategically and deliberately avoided, ignored and broke the spirit and intention of Christian life as understood in the Church of Scotland.
1.3 The bad practice of the 2009 General Assembly was caused by:
1.3.1 Dissociation of a small group of self-appointed decision makers at 121 George Street from the checks and balances of this Presbyterian Church.
1.3.2 A predetermination by the Moderator, the Acting Principal Clerk and the Convener of the Assembly Arrangements Committee to manipulate an individual’s agenda through the General Assembly.
1.3.3 Placing the interest of a particular case before the logical requirement to formulate a policy agreed and accepted by the whole Church.
1.3.4 Exclusion by the Moderator of the possibility of alternative means of proceeding.
1.3.5 Strategic determination to exclude the interest and role of constituent courts and members of the Church of Scotland.
1.3.6 Misleading of the General Assembly by the Acting Principal Clerk in:
18.104.22.168 Not advising that the Presbytery of Angus had acted incorrectly in having failed to consider the case as a ‘fama’.
22.214.171.124 Saying that the Presbytery of Aberdeen had acted correctly when it had not taken into account ministerial lifestyle, personal conduct, code of behaviour and Vows of Induction as the given practice of the Church of Scotland.
126.96.36.199 Misdirecting the General Assembly by falsely defining a separation between ministerial translation and ministerial conduct which the Church has never agreed to or decided upon.
1.3.7 Maintaining that “this decision does not alter the Church’s standards of ministerial conduct” which was a cynical, duplicitous and Orwellian use of language without basis in Church policy.
1.3.8 Diminution of the status of a published Presbytery Overture in favour of an ‘ad hoc’ motion to appoint a Commission.
1.3.9 Abrogation of the basic right of free speech, free discussion and free publication of Christian opinion.
1.3.10 Arrogation to nine people of the right to formulate a policy without a guarantee of proper Church wide consultation.
1.3.11 Betrayal of the core purpose of the Church of Scotland as presently constituted.
1.3.12 Reckless squandering of the spiritual capital won for humanity by Jesus Christ over nearly 2000 years and as invested in the Church of Scotland for 450 years and also in the world-wide contemporary Christian community.
2. What should have happened
2.1 Scott Rennie having made his public declaration should have been investigated by the Presbytery of Angus and suspended from duty meantime.
2.2 The Presbytery of Angus or the Presbytery of Aberdeen could have referred the matter to the General Assembly for a policy to be formulated and agreed by the whole Church or Scott Rennie could have appealed against any decision of the Presbytery of Angus or of the Presbytery of Aberdeen to the General Assembly to have a policy decided for people in his position.
2.3 Having regard to his Vows of Ordination and to the history and unity of the Church, Scott Rennie could have remained in his position until such a policy was formulated and agreed by the Church in the proper manner.
2.4 The General Assembly could have debated the issue and arrived at a policy or it could have appointed a Commission to report back on the understanding that thereafter Presbyteries would have their proper role in agreeing policy.
3. Why did this not happen?
3.1 Unilateral action at Presbytery level which ignored the life of the whole Church of Scotland.
3.2 Subservience to secular political correctness at Presbytery level.
3.3 The culture at 121 George Street of extreme liberalism.
3.4 Weak and incompetent Moderator.
3.5 Incompetent and confused leading from the Acting Principal Clerk.
3.6 Incompetent planning and organisation by the Assembly Arrangements Committee.
3.7 Lack of accountability by the Moderator, Acting Principal Clerk and Convener of the Assembly Arrangements Committee.
4.1 The Church of Scotland must do the following.
4.1.1 Acknowledge that bad practice did occur at the 2009 General Assembly.
4.1.2 Make accountable those responsible.
4.1.3 Seek to ensure that such bad practice can never happen again.
4.2 Who is to take responsibility for doing this? No-one so far has acknowledged that in this case the 2009 General Assembly was fundamentally flawed in its practice. It is possible that the Moderator, the Acting Principal Clerk and the Convener of the Assembly Arrangements Committee do not actually think that it was fundamentally flawed. They may be pleased with their work. This culture of unaccountability has brought discredit and damage to the Church of Scotland. New forms of scrutiny are required for the future well being of the Church.
5. Recent Secular Examples
5.1 There are parallels to be drawn between the conduct of the 2009 General Assembly and recent scandals in the banking and financial sector and in Westminster politics.
5.2 In the past year these two major issues have dominated Britain’s public life. The first was the economic crisis brought on by unaccountable practices in banking and financial enterprise. The second was the scandal of Members of Parliament’s expenses resulting from unaccountable practices in the political system.
5.3 Significant reforms have been introduced in the banking and financial sector to try to ensure that nothing like the 2008 crash happens again. Reforms are to be introduced in Parliament to ensure that the 2009 expenses scandal cannot be repeated.
6. Banking and Finance
6.1 The events of 2008 were caused by a number of factors:
6.1.1 Dissociation of policy-making from the basic duties of banking which is to guarantee the security of funds entrusted.
6.1.2 Dissociation of executive decision-making from the interests of customers by moving disproportionately from secure banking to venture capitalism.
6.1.3 Lack of transparency in management decision-making.
6.1.4 Lack of accountability at director level for executive decision-making.
6.1.5 Lack of communication with the customer base.
6.1.6 Reckless arrogance in prosecuting wealth seeking.
6.1.7 Disproportionate executive salaries and bonuses.
6.1.8 Acting without shareholders consent.
6.1.9 Acting opportunistically and illegally in risking customer’s funds.
6.2 The results of this were:
6.2.1 Large scale financial losses.
6.2.3 Loss of credibility and trust and reputation.
6.2.4 Loss of independent control.
6.2.5 Indebtedness to Government for major investment through nationalisation.
7. Westminster Politics
7.1 The Members of Parliament expenses scandal was caused by:
7.1.1 Dissociation of policy-making from the lives of voters.
7.1.2 Dissociation of lifestyle from that of voters.
7.1.3 Bad practice unchallenged.
7.1.4 Lack of accountability.
7.1.5 Individual greed.
7.1.6 Moral wrong doing and actual law-breaking.
7.2 The results of this were :
7.2.1 Large scale loss of respect for and trust of Members of Parliament.
7.2.2 Serious damage to democratic politics.
7.2.3 Disengagement by many from the political process.
8. The Future of the Church of Scotland
8.1 The consequences of the 2009 General Assembly will last long in the Church of Scotland and beyond. Much damage has been done and continues to be done. There is a widespread perception that this Assembly was corruptly managed. What is required is the Christian humility to deal with the consequences.
8.2 If the stewardships of money and of the democratic process merit admission of wrong-doing and intention to reform, how much more it is incumbent upon the Church of Jesus Christ to admit wrong-doing and seek reform since it deals with eternal and spiritual and divine treasures and graces and since it is often concerned to criticise governments and other social agencies.
8.3 It is necessary for the Church of Scotland to act with transparent integrity at all times as its primary calling by and witness to Jesus Christ. Its heritage of faith, understanding and practice cannot be gambled recklessly and with impunity as happened at the 2009 General Assembly.
9. Office Of The Scottish Charity Regulator - OSCR
9.1 OSCR regulations allow for investigation of doubtful / suspect / corrupt management of institutions with charitable status. Meeting the Charity Test (p9) reads as follows:
9.2 “A charity’s activities must be in furtherance of the purposes as set out in its constitution…If….it appears to OSCR that the applicant’s (or charity’s) activities diverge significantly from its stated charitable purposes, we will bring this to the applicant’s or charity’s attention”.
9.3 The conduct of the 2009 General Assembly breached this regulation in respect of Article IV and VIII of the Church of Scotland’s Constitution in processing an individual case before agreeing a Church policy and in disrespecting the Church’s continuity and corporate life in relation to Article I.
9.3.1 IV. This Church as part of the Universal Church wherein the Lord Jesus Christ has appointed a government in the hands of Church office-bearers, receives from Him, its Divine King and Head, and From Him alone, the right and power subject to no civil authority to legislate, and to adjudicate finally, in all matters of doctrine, worship, government, and discipline in the Church, including the right to determine all questions concerning membership and office in the Church, the constitution and membership of its Courts, and the mode of election of its office-bearers, and to define the boundaries of the spheres of labour of its ministers and other office-bearers.
9.3.2 VIII. The Church has the right to interpret these Articles, and, subject to the safeguards for deliberate action and legislation provided by the Church itself, to modify or add to them; but always consistently with the provisions of the first Article hereof, adherence to which, as interpreted by the Church, is essential to its continuity and corporate life.
9.3.3 I. The Church of Scotland is part of the Holy Catholic or Universal Church; worshipping one God, Almighty, all-wise, and all-loving, in the Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, the same in substance, equal in power and glory; adoring the Father, infinite in Majesty, of whom are all things; confessing our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son, made very man for our salvation; glorying in His Cross and Resurrection, and owning obedience to Him as the Head over all things to His Church; trusting in the promised renewal and guidance of the Holy Spirit; proclaiming the forgiveness of sins and acceptance with God through faith in Christ, and the gift of Eternal Life; and labouring for the advancement of the Kingdom of God throughout the world. The Church of Scotland adheres to the Scottish Reformation; receives the Word of God which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as its supreme rule of faith and life; and avows the fundamental doctrines of the Catholic faith founded thereupon.
9.4 There are three areas where the conduct of the 2009 General Assembly breached OSCR regulations in respect of the Church’s constitution.
9.4.1 In denying Presbyteries consultation before processing the case in question.
9.4.2 In failing to take into account the ‘continuity and corporate life’ of the Church.
9.4.3 In denying freedom of speech, discussion and publication on the issue to all members of the Church.
9.4.4 The conventions of the Church of Scotland must be reviewed. Assembly Moderators, Principal Clerks and Assembly Arrangements Committee Conveners are above evaluation, criticism and accountability. These are supposedly honourable people doing their best. But the 2009 General Assembly represented a quantum leap in bad practice. A full investigation is required. It cannot be said that the General Assembly is over and nothing can be done. Much needs to be done.
9.5 The Moderator must give an account of his conduct of the General Assembly. In particular he must explain his predetermination to get the particular agenda in question through.
9.6 The Convener of the Assembly Arrangements Committee must explain his role before and during the General Assembly.
9.7 The conduct of the Acting Principal Clerk before and during the General Assembly requires to be critically evaluated since this is a highly paid and professional position. It cannot be said that the personal opinions and leading of the Acting Principal Clerk at the 2009 General Assembly cannot be challenged as there is no means to do so. It cannot be that every minister is accountable except the Acting Principal Clerk of Assembly. This is tyranny by any other name. What damage is to be done to the Church of Scotland in the future if the 2009 General Assembly can pass into history without learning lessons and taking appropriate action?
10. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Juvenal)
10.1 Who is to do this? This is where people can be let off the hook and where nothing ever happens. It is for the most decent people to agree that something needs to be done and do it. Who are they? The Council of Assembly? The General Assembly Arrangements Committee? An ‘ad hoc’ Committee appointed by the Nominations Committee? Can a Commission of Assembly be called? Unprecedented wrong-doing requires unprecedented means of correction. Can the 2010 General Assembly express regret for the conduct of the 2009 General Assembly and reverse the ban on freedom of speech, discussion and publication?
11. Some Ideas and Recommendations
11.1 The General Assembly Arrangements Committee must accept responsibility for what happened at the 2009 General Assembly, conduct a critical review what happened, offer a detailed apology and determine to make amends by thinking more strategically about the responsibilities of General Assemblies to the Church membership. This Committee can take recommendations to the 2010 General Assembly to approve significant changes in the way General Assemblies are conducted.
11.2 The Council of Assembly must terminate the appointment of the Acting Principal Clerk.
11.3 Practical reforms should be introduced.
11.3.1 Moderators should be appointed only in the interests of the whole Church and not in the interests of 121 George Street and they should moderate only in the interests of the whole Church and not in the interests of 121 George Street.
11.3.2 A Code of Practice for Moderators should be agreed.
11.3.3 Declarations of interest by Moderators and Principal Clerks in respect their own views and opinions should be required.
11.3.4 An explanation of the rights of Commissioners at the start of General Assemblies should be given.
11.3.5 Daily reviews of conduct of General Assemblies during Assemblies should take place.
11.3.6 A Complaints Committee should be formed to meet daily allowing aggrieved Commissioners to be heard and correction to be made where required.
11.3.7 Principal Clerks should not enter debate and discussion without invitation
11.3.8 Acceptance that General Assemblies are not apart from the membership of the Church but a part of the membership of the Church.
11.3.9 Agreement should be sought that General Assemblies are accountable to the membership for their conduct and decisions.
11.3.10 Enhancement of the role of General Assemblies to scrutinise and call to account and evaluate all officers who work at 121 George Street should be agreed.
11.4 There must be in the Church of Scotland some people of such Christian sincerity that they are willing to act at this time to try to repair the damage done at the 2009 General Assembly and seek the unity of the Church for whatever future it now may have in Scotland.
12. Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill (Shakespeare : Macbeth)
12.1 The restriction on public discussion should be revoked immediately as unconstitutional and not Christian.
12.2 Why is it that the issues in the Scott Rennie case have provoked such an extreme and unprecedented censorship which undermines the origins, purpose, constitution and evangelical purpose of the Church of Scotland?
12.3 This case does not merit such a totalitarian restriction of Christian liberty and calling. Why did it happen? If something is intrinsically wrong is it then necessary to compound the spiritual crime by multiplying the wrong that has been done? Throughout history wrongs have been done but the covering up of these wrongs has been considered more serious than the wrongs themselves.
12.4 The Principal Officers of General Assembly (Moderator, Acting Principal Clerk and Convener of Assembly Arrangements Committee) are responsible for this. It is so bad that they should apologise and resign. In comparable secular scandals resignations and dismissals have been seen to be essential. Unprecedented action is required.
13. 121 George Street
13.1 In sections 5, 6 and 7 above points are made about misuse of positions in banking, finance and in Westminster politics. In section 8 it is argued that General Assemblies must operate spiritually with the highest possible integrity.
13.2 The points in section 5, 6 and 7 also apply to the way 121 George Street is organised and managed. It is as much in need of reform as are General Assemblies. The two are interlinked. The debacle at the 2009 General Assembly was the culmination of a process of lack of accountability by officers at 121 George Street which has existed for decades. This has allowed the ‘executive’ to reduce the status and role of General Assemblies to the status of rubber stamping and to assume the right to manipulate particular agendas through the formalities of General Assemblies.
13.3 In particular the following issues require to be addressed.
13.3.1 Some staff at 121 George Street have become estranged from the membership of the Church.
13.3.2 In thinking, attitude, policy making and in financial practice the culture of 121 George Street has become separated from the members of the Church.
13.3.3 There is strategic defensiveness and an exclusion of differing points of view and rejection of criticism.
13.3.4 There is no requirement for employees at ‘the central Church’ to be Christians unlike memberships of Congregations and Presbyteries which involve professions of Christian faith and Christian commitment.
13.3.5 There has been an unjustifiable increase in the number of well paid positions disproportionate to the need of the Church of Scotland.
13.3.6 Salaries of most employees at 121 George Street are not clearly indicated in published accounts. Members do not know how many are paid £30,000+, £40,000+, £50,000+.
13.3.7 Pensions, expenses, benefits and other additions to income of 121 George Street employees are not clearly indicated in published accounts.
13.3.8 There is extravagance, wastefulness, inefficiency and luxury and lack of transparent, full and detailed disclosure of all items of expenditure.
13.3.9 Christian offerings, prayed over and sanctified, should be used more carefully. They are voraciously consumed by a disproportionately large bureaucracy.
13.3.10 Some staff members have taken power to themselves beyond the offices they hold and have assumed an executive style of conduct although they are primarily employed in a service role.
13.3.11 There is a culture of sycophancy and of aggrandised sense of importance and of arrogance among some staff.
13.3.12 Personal fiefdoms and power playing have increased exponentially at 121 George Street.
14.1 Reasonable and rational aspects of Reform Christianity were excluded from the conduct of the 2009 General Assembly.
14.2 The conduct of the 2009 General Assembly showed clearly how 121 George Street has damaged the Church of Scotland and has hastened its destruction as a coherent Christian organisation.
14.2 No local congregation would survive if Kirk Sessions were conducted in this way. Presbyteries would be unworkable.
14.3 Hubris is the normative 121 George Street response to criticism. Changes in Spiritual Freedom in the Church of Scotland 1980 - 2005 offers detailed evidence to support this.
14.4 Reforms to banking and politics have not come voluntarily but as a result of publicity and public pressure. Reform in the Church of Scotland must begin with the spiritual graces of confession, repentance and humility and end with real action.
Rev Dr Robert Alexander Anderson
Blackburn and Seafield Church of Scotland
5 MacDonald Gardens
Blackburn EH47 7RE
Tel : 01506 652825
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The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia the highest official of religious law in the Sunni Muslim kingdom has called for all churches in the Arabian peninsula to be destroyed. (Author: Catholic Herald / Christians Together)
The Perils of Global Intolerance
Simon Deng, speaking at an 'antidote' gathering to the Durban III conference which has been accused by Western governments for allegedly promoting rather than combating racism. (Author: Simon Deng)
Where is Russia headed?
With Europe politically and economically weak, uncertain and divided, and America distracted by foreign conflicts, Russia has an opportunity. (Author: Stratfor)
Chuck Colson the Prison Fellowship founder dies
Charles ‘Chuck’ Colson, the Nixon aide who became one of the “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America” in 2005, has died at the age of 80. (Author: Christians Together)
Anglicans accuse London Mayor of censorship
Boris Johnstone has stepped into a bus advertising campaign to ban a response by Anglican Mainstream to a pro-gay slogan carried on London buses. (Author: Church Times/Christian Together)
Highland International Church open for service
On a 21st-century anniversary of Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, a newly-formed congregation of the International Presbyterian Church had its first meeting in an Inverness Hotel. (Author: Christians Together)
Healing on the Streets appeal ASA ruling
A Christian team operating in the city of Bath is to appeal a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority against the team's website claim that God can heal. (Author: Evangelical Alliance)
Germany moving centre-stage
Since reunification in 1990, the economic tsunami in 2008 and the Eurozone sovereign-debt crises, Germany's strategy is key to Europe and possibly the world beyond. (Author: Stratfor)
Christian Exodus from Iraq
A recent report on the flight of believers from post-war Iraq has stated: "The consequence of this flight may be the end of Christianity in Iraq." (Author: New York Times)
BBC will mock Jesus but not Mohammed
The BBC's director general said the the broadcaster would never mock Mohammed like it mocks Jesus. (Author: Christian Institute)
Christine Keeler on the 'Swinging Sixties'
Christine Keeler whose affair with a British government minister rocked the government has spoken out against the (im)morality of that period. (Author: Christians Together)
Inverness minister quits Kirk to form new church
An Inverness minister has now left the Church of Scotland and is working to set up a new church in the city linked to a separate presbyterian denomination. (Author: Christians Together)
Germany calls for 'invasion' of Greece
Germany has tabled a proposition which would effectively see Greece losing its sovereignty to the EU; with the latter taking control of the country's finances and the democratic process as the price supporting the Greek economy. (Author: Stratfor)
Nigeria: Christians killed by extremist groups
Early morning attacks in Tafawa Balewa, Bauchi state in Nigeria on Sunday (Jan. 22) left at least seven Christians dead and a church building destroyed. (Author: Obed Minchakpu)
Stratfor: Free Reports for 2012
Stratfor the respected intelligence has made available the following summary of the situation around the world as we head into 2012. (Author: Stratfor)
Military Drill or Preparation for War?
A recent report from an Israel-based Christian news source report about 'the largest joint US-Israel war game ever held' has been described by an American general as more a 'deployment' than an 'exercise. (Author: Lonnie C. Mings)
Pray for this lady; a prophet to the nation
One of the most prophetic voices in the country at the moment is an agnostic (her description) Jewish columnist for a national newspaper. Pray for this lady who champions Christian values. (Author: Christians Together)
Making Sense of the Syrian Crisis
Stratfor the respected global intelligence agency reports on the escalating crisis in Syria and the government under President Assad has attempted to stamp out internal protests within the country using military force. (Author: Stratfor)
United States plans to lock up its citizens
Recent legislation which has passed through the US Senate allows the US military to hold civilian detainees in military facilities for indefinite periods, without charges and without due process. Could it happen in the UK also? (Author: Hal Lindsey)
Evangelicals say 'No' to same-sex marriage
Over 70 of Scotland’s largest evangelical churches, attended by more than 20,000 people, have signed an open letter to First Minister Alex Salmond urging him not to redefine marriage. (Author: Christians Together)
Tain minister to leave parish
The minister in Tain Parish Church of Scotland has written to his congregation to say that he can no longer continue with them in the context of both local and national issues in relation to Kirk's stance on sexuality. (Author: Christians Together)
Syria, Ezekiel and the possible consequences
While it is tempting to think of Syria as just another part of the 'Arab Spring, the country occupies an important square on the global geo-political chess board. (Author: Christians Together)
An interview with Asia Bibi facing death penalty
A human rights activist based in Pakistan has supplied Christians Together with the transcript of an interview with Asia Bibi, the Pakistani woman facing the death sentence for blasphemy. (Author: PJ (Pseudonym))
What to do about Greece... and everything else
Serious riots are continuing in Greece over the Eurozone financial crisis. Stratfor the global intelligence agency has produced a chart summarising the options and likely outcomes. And Woody Allen gives a view. (Author: Various)
Sharia controlled zones in London
Columnist Melanie Phillips writes on the subject of a 'parallel legal system' being introduced to communities in the UK capital which is 'creating another no-go area in Londonistan'. (Author: The Editor)
From the Med to the Hindu Kush: what next?
Global intelligence agency Stratfor presents an analysis of the current situation across the Arab world and outlines the prospects for the turbulent region which figures so prominently in end-time prophecy. (Author: Stratfor)
Kirk hosting Christian/Muslim Conference
The Church of Scotland is hosting a conference in December for a 'dynamic weekend' to find common ground between the Chistianity and Islam. (Author: Mission and Discipleship Council)
Tibetan sacred chant in Aberdeen church
Queen's Cross Church in Aberdeen is offering an evening of 'Masked Dance and Sacred Chant' performed by Tibetan monks. (Author: The Editor)
Coptic Christians in escalating protests
Initially-peacefull demonstrations by Coptic Christians looking to have a demolished church rebuilt have escalated into violent clashes wti the military. (Author: Christians Together)
MSP congratulates KJV transcription effort
Skye, Lochaber an Badenoch MSP Dave Thompson has invited fellow parliamentarians to join him in congratulating the organisers of a marathon effort of transcribing all the verses of the King James Bible at its 400th anniversary. (Author: Christians Together)
US denomination ordains first gay minister
The US Presbyterian Church has ordained its first gay minister last Saturday when Scott Anderson was ordained in the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wisconsin. (Author: Christians Together)
Skye minister to leave Church of Scotland
Rev. Ivor Macdonald, the parish minister at Staffin Church of Scotland is to leave the denomination because it is 'leading further and further away from the Lordship of Christ'. (Author: Christians Together)
Police apologise to Christian café owner
Police have given a partial apology to the owner of a Christian café who was wrongly told displaying Bible verses on a TV screen was a breach of public order laws. (Author: Christian Institute)
Iranian Pastor to hang for 'thought crimes'
Please pray for an Iranian court has passed down a death sentence on a Christian pastor, who was found guilty of so-called “thought crimes. (Author: Michael Ireland / Assist News Service)
New York protesters clash with police
With thousands protesting in New York about the economy at least 700 people have been arrested, including a New York Times reporter. (Author: RT)
Episcopal Church and Interfaith event
A Scottish Episcopal Church in the Diocese covering the Grampian and Highlands and Islands regions has been a central part of a '9/11' multi-faith event in Aberdeen. (Author: )
Change of name for Ghobe Ministries
God's Healing of Broken Emotions (GHOBE) Ministries will now operate as the Mishkan Resource Centre from its base in Inverness. (Author: Sheila Cardwell)
Harvest is past; the summer has ended
The Kirk in General Assembly during May 2011 confirmed its most public and corporate act of apostasy since its formation in 1560. The result is turmoil and utter confusion. (Author: Christians Together)
To discipline or not: that is the question
St. Andrew's Presbytery of the Church of Scotland, and the Kirk itself has been put into a difficult position following the actions of a lesbian minister in Fife: it is potentially a no-win situation. (Author: Christians Together)
What in the World is happening for Heaven's sake?
David Masson looks across the world stage and offers a view of what may be lying behind the upheavals around the planet in recent days. (Author: David Masson)
Re-Examining the Arab Spring
6 months after the Tunisian uprising STRATFOR's George Friedman gives an overview and analysis of the impact and dynamic on and within the region. (Author: Stratfor)
Hope amongst 'spirits of judgement and fire
As the word of God tells us there is nothing new under the sun. The prophet Isaiah could stand in Parliament Square and preach the same message as he did two and a half millennia ago. (Author: Christians Together)
A 'Very Urgent Call'
The Manchester-based Maranatha Community has issued a call to prayer, with the view that "the current riots across the land hold up a mirror to the moral and spiritual sickness of our nation". (Author: Maranatha Community)
John Stott called home
The Revd Dr John Stott, one of the most influential evangelical leaders of the twentieth century, passed away on Wednesday afternoon at the age of 90. (Author: Christian Institute)
A letter from Afghanistan
Believers in Afghanistan are facing increasing persecution and the following letter comes to Christians Together from a Christian leader in the country. (Author: Christian leader in Afghanistan)
Still singing off different 'hymn' sheets
Since the extraordinary Plenary Assembly of last year the divisions within the Free Church of Scotland on acceptable forms of worship continue to manifest. (Author: Christians Together)
Insecurity and Unity
Current upheavals in the world of organised religion are producing some visible responses in terms of new alliances. (Author: Christians Together)
Support group hosts 'Opening Doors Evening
Reality Adventure Works team in the Highlands is inviting all who are interested in the work of supporting young people to an 'Opening Doors Evening' in their new offices. (Author: Christians Together)
Geert Wilders cleared of 'hate speech' charges
Geert Wilders the Dutch politician who speaks out against the influence of Islam on Dutch public life has been cleared for charges against him relating to incitement and hate speech. (Author: Geert Wilders/Christians Together)
The Church of Scotland 'trajectory' rejects God
Following the Church of Scotland's vote in the May 2011 General Assembly there has not been much tangible sign of any reaction. But a meeting on a wet day in Glasgow last week broke the corporate silence. (Author: Christians Together)
BBC 'Suicide' programme one-sided
The BBC is facing a storm of controversy after it aired Sir Terry Pratchett’s “very unbalanced” documentary on assisted suicide last night. (Author: The Editor)
The 'earthquake' of the Arab Spring: now Syria
With the immediate future for Syria hanging in the balance as 'a corrupt and brutal dictatorship which is now creaking under the weight of popular discontent.' Victor Mordecai gives a view on the implications for the region. (Author: Victor Mordecai)
Church of Scotland: leaders meeting planned
Since the shock decision to allow practising homosexuals to serve as ministers in the Church of Scotland, ministers and elders are planning to meet this week to consider what action to take. (Author: Christians Together)
DISSENT in the Kirk
Following the Church of Scotland General Assembly at the end of May and the decision to allow homosexual ministers to operate within the church, many are now expressing serious dissent regarding these actions. (Author: Christians Together)
Multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of Decision
Following the decision by the Church of Scotland in its General Assembly of 2011 to allow actively-homosexual clergy in its churches, it is 'make your mind up' time for all within the national church. (Author: Christians Together)
Splits in the foundations
The current problems besetting the Free Church of Scotland are symptomatic of fundamental issues which are wreaking havoc across the presbyterian world and the denominations beyond. (Author: Christians Together)
Going for Free?
With the national Kirk in turmoil over gay clergy, some ministers might make it jump for it. And the invitation might be to bring their hymn books too. (Author: Watchman)
Kirk minister ponders leaving on gay clergy issue
Following the vote and decision at the 2011 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland a West-Highland minister is now considering life beyond the national church. (Author: Christians Together)
Forthcoming General Assemblies
Three 'Church of Scotland' denominations are scheduled for the last week in May. Each is facing serious issues within its ranks. (Author: Christians Together)
Visegrad: A New European Military Force
With the rapidly-changing political and military scene a 4-nation alliance is establishing a new military group independent of NATO. (Author: Stratfor)
Muslims come to Christ as others seek violence
Rick Ridings who leads the Succat Hallel intercessory and praise ministry in Jerusalem brings news and insights into what God is doing in the Middle East. Through the turmoil in that region Muslims are coming to the Lord. (Author: Rick Riddings)
Muslim Brotherhood: a force for good?
With the present upheavals in North Africa and the Middle East many are wondering what will fill the vacuum as we see many of the 'strong men' being deposed by the uprisings of the 'Arab Spring'. (Author: Philip Wren)
The Royal Wedding; a special day indeed
Whatever the present and future significance of the Royal Wedding it will always be remembered as a special day for our family. (Author: The Editor)
David Wilkerson dies in car accident
David Wilkerson the Internationally-known author of the Cross and the Switchblade and the founder of Times Square Church NY, has died in a car accident. (Author: Christianity Today/Christias Together)
Persecution forcing Christians out of Egypt
Christians in the Middle East: further sectarian protests in Egypt and fears of mass emigration by Coptic Christians from the country. (Author: Just Journalism)
Van driver instructed to remove cross
A Christian is under investigation and faces possible disciplinary action because of his display of a small palm cross in the company van he drives. (Author: Christian Concern)
Facebook lines itself up with Biblical prophecies
In a world which is being increasingly driven and shaped by social networking and internet-based multi-media an international campaign has been launched on Facebook which falls into line with the prophesied purposes of God. (Author: Christians Together)
Orkney Bible translator killed in bus bomb attack
In a renewed surge of terrorism in Israel an Orkney woman serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators was killed in a terrorist bomb attack in Jerusalem. (Author: Christians Together)
Church wins court case over banned ad.
A Judge has ruled in favour of a Belfast church and against a decision by the Advertising Standards Authority to ban an advertisement by Sandown Free Presbyterian Church in its stand against homosexuality. (Author: Christians Together)
Israeli family slaughtered by terrorist.
A Palestinian terrorist broke into a home of young Jewish family living in the Samarian community of Itamar and brutally murdered the five members of the family as they slept. (Author: Ryan Jones)
Preservation of Historic Scottish Presbyterianism
A prominent notice was carried in newspapers during the second week of March 2011 relating to a disagreement on 'worship' within the Free Church of Scotland. (Author: Former Free Church Moderators)
Kirk minister takes issue with Prime Minister
Rev. Louis Kinsey, a Church of Scotland minister in Aberdeen, has put down a challenge to David Cameron over the Prime Minister's public comments relating to Christians fostering children. (Author: Louis Kinsey / Christians Together)
Pakistani Christians protesting recent killing
Thousands of Pakistani Christians on took part in protest rallies across Pakistan expressing anger over the brutal assassination of the Federal Minister for Minority Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, in Islamabad. (Author: Christians Together)
God has no place in British law say judges
Despite the UK's long history of religious observance and the traditions of the churches, there is no place in British law for Christian beliefs two High Court judges have said. (Author: Christians Together)
Afganistani Christian facing death freed.
An Afghan Red Cross worker who was jailed for nine months for converting to Christianity has been released after an intense campaign by international diplomatic missions and Christian activists, an official. (Author: Christians Together)
Christchurch earthquakes: a sombre story
Behind the most recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand is a sombre story of an event which didn't happen. (Author: Andrew Strom / Christians Together)
Shimon Peres: Google, Facebook and Antichrist
According to current reports Israel’s President Shimon Peres sees Google and Facebook as the means to accomplish what the Bible tells us will be the role of the Antichrist in bringing a solution to the turmoil in the Middle East. (Author: Christians Together)
Libya: another domino falls?
The unrest (revolution) which is shaking North Africa and beyond is claiming another victim. Stratfor the intelligence agency gives its take on a situation in the Middle East which is changing by the hour. (Author: Stratfor Global Intelligence)
Civil Partnerships, Marriages and churches
A joint statement has been issued by five evangelical organisations on the subject of homosexual marriage and the registration of civil partnerships in churches. (Author: Christians Together)
Irish Evangelical Alliance backs gay 'marriage'
EA Ireland’s General Director stated: “The Government is seeking to legislate for greater justice and fairness for co-habiting couples, both same-sex and opposite-sex couples. As Christians we should support that stance.” (Author: Christians Together)
Lord Mackay speaks out on Civil Partnerships
Lord Mackay of Clashfern who served under both Margaret Thatcher and John Major has stated that Christians should not be forced to act against their beliefs by equality laws. (Author: Christians Together)
Gay partnerships to be classed as marriages
A new law is being introduced which will class gay and lesbian partnerships as marriages with further reforms planned which will destroy the traditional view of marriage. (Author: Christians Together)
They're building a new caliphate says Israeli PM
In an important address to a policy conference of European leaders the Israeli Prime Minister warned of several serious threats to world peace and Western civilization. (Author: Christians Together)
Egypt rejects Muslim Brotherhood
An authentic testimony received from a protestor at Tahrirs Square in Cairo Egypt suggests that the internional media are portraying a distorted account of the 'anti-government' revolution. (Author: Direct from Egypt)
A Letter from Egypt
In the midst of the social and political turmoil in Egypt God has His people. This is a report from a Christian pastor speaking in the midst of a dangerous and volatile situation. (Author: Egyptian Pastor)
YWCA abandons its Christian name
In a controversial move, the YWCA in England and Wales has adopted a new name which has dropped all reference to the organisation's Christian origins. (Author: Christians Together)
Women victims in Israel targets of terror attack
Arab terrorists attacked and killed a visiting American Christian woman and badly wounded her UK-born Messianic Jewish friend south of Jerusalem on Saturday. (Author: Christians Together)
BBC to screen prime-time screening of Nativity story
A new adaptation of the Nativity Story occupies a peak-viewing slot on BBC1 this month. Producer Tony Jordan said: ""The challenge for me was to retell a story that has been told countless times before." (Author: Christians Together)
Case about 'orientation discrimination' postponed
A judge has postponed his ruling over a case relating to Christian guesthouse operators Peter and Hazelmary Bull who refused accommodation to a homosexual couple. (Author: Christians Together)
Deface the Bible but don't touch the Koran
Arrest and no action. Two similar stories illustrate remarkably different reactions from the authorities over the desecration of holy books. (Author: Christians Together)
Free Church to allow hymns and instruments
Following a special Plenary assembly the Free Church of Scotland is to allow for the singing of hymns and the use of musical instruments in its congregations. (Author: Free Church Statement)
Lennox takes on Hawking: again!
In his tireless rebuttals of the 'scientific' view that our world was created by some random process, John Lennox argues that you can't explain the universe without God. (Author: Professor John Lennox)
The BBC's obsession with sexuality
If there was ever any doubt that the term ‘diversity’ relates to ‘sexuality’ the BBC has confirmed the link in a new survey; but only at the end. (Author: Christians Together)
God at work in Pakistan amongst the dangers
Two Pakistani pastors who are working in their country to spread the Gospel amongst Muslims have sent a prayer/news update to Christians Together outlining points for praise and for prayer. (Author: B and A (pastors in Pakistan))
UK denies entry to persecuted Christian speaker
After months of effort and planning by Release International to host a series of meetings across the UK about the persecution of Christians, the speaker has been denied an entry visa. (Author: Christians Together)
Chilean miner tells Luis Palau of God at work
Jose Henriquez joined Luis Palau on stage in Chile last month to reveal that fully two-thirds, of the Chilean miners turned to Christ whilst waiting to be rescued. (Author: Christians Together)
Al-Queda launches holy war against Christians
"All Christian centres, organizations and institutions, leaders and followers, are legitimate targets for the mujahedeen (holy warriors) wherever they can reach them." Statement by al-Qaeda group (Author: Christians Together)
A Middle East exodus of Biblical proportions
Christians are fleeing from the persecution in the Middle East with reports of violence, bloodshed and murder. (Author: NewAmerican)
Bible Society launches new Gaelic Gospel
At the National Mod in Thurso the Scottish Bible Society launched a fresh translation of John's Gospel as the first in a (Author: Christians Together)
Miracle rescue of trapped Chilean Miners
Stories from above and below ground reveal God powerfully at work during the 'miracle' rescue of the Chilean miners. Prayer were said and the Gospel was preached. (Author: Christians Together)
Tesco slow in 'Halal' refund
Tesco store reluctant to refund Irish shopper after she unknowingly purchased of Halal meat from her Belfast store. (Author: Christian Institute)
Christians called to be 'not ashamed' of Christ
A major 'Not Ashamed' campaign has just been launched inviting Christians to 'Stand Up for Jesus in Public Life'. The initiative has support from national leaders. (Author: CCFON/Christians Together)
Northern Christian Police Association news
The Northern Constabulary branch of the Christian Police Association has 're-ignited' and now extends an invitation to join with the branch's monthly prayer breakfast in the Inverness CYC/YMCA. (Author: Northern Constabulary CPA)
Roma gypsies: Germany yesterday, France today
France's expulsion of Roma Gypsies has been likened by a top EU official to that which took place under Nazi Germany during the Second World War. (Author: Christians Together)
Papal visit 460 years after the Reformation
The Pope makes a first and historic visit to the UK since the 16th century Reformation. He has been received in Scotland by the Queen who is head of the Church of England (Author: Christians Together)
Koran burning threat offensive and dangerous
Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo of the Barnabus Fund has stated that the proposal by an American pastor to burn copies of the Qu'ran is an "unnecessary, offensive and dangerous gesture”. (Author: Barnabus Fund / Christians Together)
Don't mention God: no do!
A Christian worker who was sacked under a charge of 'gross misconduct' for mentioning God has had his appeal rejected by an employment tribunal. (Author: Christian Legal Centre)
Pakistani Christians being raped and killed
A Pakistani believer and site member of Christians Together and reports of much trouble in his country. Please pray for him and other believers there. (Author: Khuram/Christian Solidarity Worldwide)
Prospect of a Gay Bishop: a Scottish response
With the controversies in both the Anglican Communion and the Church of Scotland, one Kirk member has written to another. (Author: One Kirk friend to another)
Afghan Christians urgent need of prayer
The Afghan Christian Community has just written an open letter to the body of Christ worldwide outlining the great persecution they are facing in their own land. (Author: Afghan Christian Community)
'Strathpeffer' Convention move to Inverness
The decision to move the 'Strathpeffer' Convention to Inverness has caused some eyebrows to be raised. The organisers respond to some of the questions being asked. (Author: Christians Together)
Initial report following team visit to Congo
On return from an eventful and rewarding missionary trip to the DR Congo, team leader Jim Rettie supplies an initial report. (Author: Jim Rettie)
Soldiers and their families; the cost of separation
Watching the daily news footage of the conflicts in Iran and Afghanistan it is easy to forget the price that soldiers and their families pay in terms of the worry and loss that separation brings. (Author: Christians Together)
News update of Inverness team in Congo
In spite of an alarmist headline and sensationalised report about being 'ambushed' the team are safe and well and continuing with their planned programme. (Author: Christians Together)
Congolese Macedonian call; a Highland response
As a result of a 'random' e-mail, a team from the Highlands is set to depart on a ministry trip to the Congo and to believers there amongst Pygmy tribes. (Author: Christians Together)
The Reformation: they think it's all over; it is now
The Reformation has been cancelled. A Stornoway-born and recent Church of Scotland Moderator Rev. Sheilagh Kesting has proclaimed a ‘first’ in a post-Reformation pact with the Roman Catholic Church. (Author: Christians Together)
Franklin Graham disinvited from Pentagon Prayer
An invitation to Franklin Graham to speak at the Pentagoon on the National Day of Prayer has been withdrawn following objections from a 'watchdog' group. (Author: Stars and Stripes / Christians Together)
Anti-semitism on the rise in France
The following account has come from a reliable source and lists a series of recent anti-semitic incidents in France which illustrates a continuing increase in anti-Jewish prejudice in that country. (Author: Anon)
Judges biased against Christians say churchmen
In an unprecedented move, senior Church figures are forcing a showdown over concerns that most senior judges are prejudiced against Christianity. (Author: Christian Concern for our Nation)
American evangelist jailed in Glasgow
Street preacher Shawn Holes, an American Baptist, was apprehended, jailed and fined in the course of preaching the Gospel in Glasgow (Author: Christians Together)
Haiti: three days of prayer and fasting
One month after the quake, a nation that was dedicated to Satan has been called by the Haitian president to three days of fasting and prayer to God. (Author: Jerry Miel)
Islamic scholar issues fatwa against terrorism
Pakistani-born Sufi scholar Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has issued a fatwa denouncing terrorism and describing those involved as 'unbelievers'. (Author: Christians Together)
Amazing move of the Spirit in Algeria
Despite anti-conversion laws, Muslims are turning to Christ in an amazing move of the Spirit in Algeria. A pastor reports packed churches and 800% growth. (Author: Operation Mobilisation)
Young people coming to faith in Finland
An amazing move of the Holy Spirit is bringing many young people to faith in Christ. They then go out into their street and communities to reach out to others. (Author: Dr. Mike Story)
Healing ministry: seasonal update report
Jim Rettie gives a seasonal update report on the work of the Fellowship of Christian Healing (Highland) over the past year. (Author: Jim Rettie)
Case against Christian couple thrown out
Whilst the charges against the Christian owners of a guest house has been thrown out, the case raises serious questions about how the case ever went as far as it did. (Author: Christians Together)
Free Church pulls out of talks with Kirk
As a symptom of the confusion and division within and beyond the Church of Scotland, the Free Church has pulled out of dialogue with the Kirk. (Author: Christians Together)
Paul Moore; whistleblower for God?
Paul Moore was sacked by HBOS for criticising the company's risky lending. His wife assured him of 'God's plan' and he subsequently blew the whistle on the company's dealings. (Author: Christians Together)
Islam4uk march in support of Shari'ah Law
Islam4uk have organised marches and events in various locations around the UK for Saturday, 31 October 2009. In London stops are to be made a Westminster, Downing Street and Trafalgar Square (Author: )
South African Anglicans join in 'Confessing'
South African Anglicans have affirmed their fidelity to biblical orthodoxy by following the example of churches in Scotland, England and North America. (Author: Christians Together)
Christian minister sacked from radio station
A Pakistani-born Christian minister who was sacked by a radio station has won the right to take his case to the European courts. (Author: Christians Together)
Megrahi's release: what do you think?
An opportunity to say what you feel and think. Others from elsewhere in Scotland and from around the world will surely be interested. (Author: Christians Together)
Highland pastor's wife on the mend
Highland pastor's wife (Rev. Dr.) Sheila McLaughlan is making a recovery in a German clinic having suffered a stroke when attending a pastors' conference. (Author: Christians Together)
Increasing persecution of Pakistani Christians
A Pakistani believer who is a member of the Christians Together web site has written to outline the increasing persecution of Christians in his country and to ask for prayer for protection. (Author: Christians Together)
The Kirk in Crisis: nailing colours to the door
A current move by Church of Scotland congregations from across Scotland sets down a very significant marker in terms of a public response to the highly-controversial decisions made by the recent General Assembly. (Author: Christians Together)
The Kirk is imploding
The first appointment of an openly-gay minister reveals the extent of the Church of Scotland's sorry departure from biblical orthodoxy. (Author: Christians Together)
A bridge across an old divide?
In the wake of the Church of Scotland's failure to pronounce on gay ordination, there are signicant signs of Kirk leaders breaking ranks and entering talks with other denominations. (Author: Christians Together)
No bush has a life guarantee
An historical presence in the soil offers no guarantee for the future. Unhealthy and and unproductive bushes could find that their days are numbered. (Author: Christians Together)
Logos Hope visit to Edinburgh
Having called at Edinburgh and Belfast, the first-ever UK visit of OM’s new Logos Hope ship is at the halfway stage. (Author: Christians Together)
Gay adoption critics branded as homophobes
In a new publication giving information on gay adoption the state-funded British Association for Adoption and Fostering has branded critics of gay adoption as 'retarded homophobes'. (Author: Christians Together)
Muslim to head BBC religious broadcasting
The BBC has appointed Aaqil Ahmed as its first Muslim head of religious programming, following the agnostic Alan Bookbinder who was appointed in 2001 (Author: CCFON/Christians Together)
Credit crunch and search for ‘meaning of life’
New research out this week has revealed that three in four adults are rethinking their core values and big issues like ‘the meaning of life’. (Author: Christian Today)
Mr. Phelps you are not welcome in Scotland
A 'keep out' message to Mr. Phelps (Author: )
Fresh bid to reunite the Kirk and the Free Church
The media are often theatre; and the above headline from one Scottish daily is suggestive of either high drama or outrageous farce. (Author: Christians Together)
Beauty contestant gives 'wrong' answer
Miss California ruined her chances of becoming Miss USA by giving the 'wrong' answer to a gay competition judge who asked her opinion on gay marriage. (Author: Christians Together)
Dobson to set record straight
Dr. James Dobson has gone on air in the USA to counter a false impression given by a British newspaper and other media outlets that he has lost and given up the 'culture war'. (Author: Christians Together)
Bishop defender of the faith resigns
In the light of increasing attacks on the Christian faith in the UK, the resignation of Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali is viewed as a loss to the Christian community in the UK. (Author: Christians Together)
How to respond to Jehovah's Witnesses
It is not always easy to frame a proper response when someone comes knocking unexpectedly on the door; and it's useful to have some quick pointers. (Author: Christians Together)
Churches say Government is gambling with lives
A number of major denominations and Christian organisations have lauched a web-site to counter Government policy which they say promotes gambling addiction. (Author: Christians Together)
Scotland deports Christian workers
Reports this week cover stories of Christian workers being intercepted by immigration officials and deported back to the USA. (Author: Christians Together)
Christian Workers having to Pack their Bags
New immigration legislation is shutting doors to Christian workers from North America who wish to work in Scotland. And some who are here in the Highlands are having to leave. (Author: Christians Together)
Controversial priest declines promotion
A Roman Catholic priest who believes that Hurricane Katrina was a judgement of God has declined promotion in the face of controversy. (Author: Christians Together)
Indian Christians reaching out to Jade Goody
An Indian evangelical newspaper has asked its readership to pray for terminally-ill reality TV personality Jade Goody. Others have also been sending in their messages of support and prayer. (Author: Christians Together)
Mum faces dismissal for asking for prayer
The Archbishop of York has publicly expressed his support for a school receptionist facing dismissal because she asked her friends to pray for a situation regarding her daughter. (Author: Christians Together)
Dutch MP determined to come to Britain
A Dutch politician and party leader has been told by the British Government that he can't enter the country as he represents a "threat to social cohesion". (Author: Christians Together)
Can a Theological College Be Born in a Day?
A brief overview of the conception, founding and development of the Highland Theological College from its beginnings in Elgin through to the present. (Author: Hector Morrison)
Public trust in media sinks to a new low
Less than a third of the British public trusts the media, a new international survey reveals. And recent events have further damaged their reputation. (Author: Christian Institute)
Army chaplain fears 'God' will offend atheists
A senior army chaplain has removed a Christian Creed from Army services at Sandhurst in case it will offend minority faiths and others who do not believe in God. (Author: The Mail/Christians Together)
Grandparents forced to hand children to gay couple
Edinburgh City Council have forced a couple who wanted to look after their two young grandchildren to hand them over to a gay couple for adoption. (Author: The Scotsman/The Daily Mail/CT)
Scots schools to teach gay rights...
Scottish Government telling schools to promote ‘gay rights’ has prompted concern that parents will be denied a say in what their children learn. (Author: Christian Institute)
Scottish missionary imprisoned in The Gambia
International Christian Concern have submitted an appeal regarding the Scottish Christian missionary and his wife sentenced to a year of hard labour in The Gambia. (Author: Christians Together)
A gay minister for Queen's Cross Church
A Brechin minister who is in a 'live-in' relationship with another man has been chosen by Queens Cross Church of Scotland in Aberdeen: according to one influential minister, the matter could split the national Kirk. (Author: Christians Together)
Pope more concerned with Truth than popularity
Pope Gregory's affirmation of heterosexual marriage has created a backlash from 'Christian', homosexual and 'save the planet' groups. (Author: Christians Together)
Indian church leader speaks on Mumbai attacks
Gospel for Asia President K.P. Yohannan expresses his grief over the Mumbai attacks but cautions about jumping to early conclusions regarding the identity of the attackers. (Author: Gospel for Asia)
Bible Illuminated - of God or the Devil?
Of God or the devil; the Bible Illustrated published by a Swedish businessman is highly provocative and leaves little scope for ambivalent views. (Author: Christians Together)
Violence against Christians in Asia
Extremists in India are now offering money for those prepared to kill Christians. "We may have lost everything, but nothing will turn us from Jesus." (Author: WorldNetDaily / Release International)
Recital of controversial poems in Welsh Assembly
The LibDem's culture spokesman has invited a militant atheist to read his controversial anti-Christian poems in the Welsh Assembly building in December. (Author: Christians Together)
Parent jailed over issue with school
A Christian father has been jailed for taking issue with the school teaching his 5-year-old about the equivalence between heterosexual and same-sex marriage (Author: Christians Together)
Auntie Beeb in crisis
The furore surrounding the BBC is perhaps God's way of exposing the catastrophic moral degradation and the collapse of standards at all levels in our once-respected institutions. (Author: Watchman)
India must protect its Christians
Scores of Christians have been murdered. Their homes, churches, presbyteries, convents and charitable institutions have been destroyed writes Bishop Nazir-Ali (Author: Bishop Michael Nazir Ali)
Christian counsellor fired by Relate
Gary McFarlane, a Christian counsellor , has been dismissed from his position at Relate after raising concerns about advising same sex couples. (Author: Christian Legal Centre)
Christian worker murdered in Afghanistan
Taliban leader states that aid worker was killed "because she was working for an organisation which was preaching Christianity in Afghanistan". (Author: Christians Together)
Christian vicar says she was conned
Joanna Jepson says she was conned by TV producers into taking part in a programme which portrays Christians as being obsessed with the issue of sexuality. (Author: The Telegraph)
RC Church produces Bible with Hindu texts
A new Indian version of the Bible recently published by the Catholic Church includes verses from the Bhagavad Gita and references to the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. (Author: Christians Together)
Crisis in Pakistan
Should an al Qaeda-type Radical gain control of Pakistan and its nuclear weapons, we could be facing an apocalyptic moment. (Author: Joel Rosenberg)
News (08/08/08) from the Christian Institute
Some news this week (08/08/08) including a survey which shows that Scots are 'ashamed' of the Scottish drinking culture. (Author: Christian Institute)
Hybrids, Abortion, Saviour Siblings, Fathers
Watch four short but powerful presentations on Animal/Human Hybrids, Abortion, Saviour Siblings and the role of the Father in IVF (Author: Christian Concern for our Nation)