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The Old Made New in Bingham

This post was written by Paul McLoughlan, 20schemes church planter in Bingham, Edinburgh God spoke through the prophet Isaiah and said this: ‘Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I

When Pain Comes Knocking At Your Door

‘Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to live worthy of the calling you have received…’ Ephesians 4:1 I’m 33 and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at the beginning of summer ’17. My

Salvation in the Slums: A Family Legacy

My great-grandfather was born in 1905 in a tenement block in Townhead, Glasgow. He was born into extreme poverty with an alcoholic father, a chaotic home life and a mother who pawned anything and everything

Accountability, The Why and the How 2: What Accountability Looks Like

Titus is to set an example for the flock. Paul says the same to Timothy when he writes to him as well (1 Tim 4:12). Paul consistently taught this to young pastors specifically, but I

Accountability, The Why And The How 1: Why Have Accountability

This is the first of a 2 part post on accountability. This is a word that can conjure up different emotions. Some people are scared of it; they think that another person is going to

Announcing 20schemes Weekender February 2018

We’re excited to announce that 20schemes will be running another Weekender mini-conference in February 2018 at Niddrie Community Church. The theme for this weekend is Family Issues in Council Estate Ministry. Friday 16th – Sunday

Stop Messing With Sin 3: Great Cloud Of Witnesses

This is the final blog in a 3 part series on the subject of perseverance, written by Andy Mathieson, 20schemes church planter in Lochee, Dundee. Click for Part 1 and Part 2. So let’s move

New Church Plant Launching In Glasgow This Weekend!

It’s hard to believe it is January again. January has always been a time of reflection for us in Barlanark, a time of looking back to evaluate and of looking forward to plan (whilst promising

Loving Jesus, The Church & Your Husband As a Pastor’s Wife

A Review of The Pastor’s Wife by Gloria Furman When Mez gave me this book to read I was in two minds about how helpful it would be. I’ve read books like this before and

Introducing Hope Barlanark. Our Newest Church Plant In Glasgow

On Sunday 7th January, we (Hope Community Church Barlanark) plan to ‘launch’ as a church. Now, you might not have heard of a church launch before. It sounds strange, doesn’t it? Like, what are we,

How Can We Transform Scotland Once Again? Lessons From 5 Years of 20schemes

20schemes is five years old this month (although the idea was birthed over a decade ago while church-planting in Brazil). Personally, I am entering my nineteenth year of pastoral ministry. During that time, I have

Dumb Yet Dumber, or Smart Yet Wise 2/2

This is part 2 of a 2 part blog series on the issue of wisdom and counselling written by Sharon Dickens (20schemes director of women’s ministry). In the first part of Dumb yet Dumber we

What Should I Tell My Kids About Santa?

In a recent conversation with another church planter’s wife, she asked me the question ‘What did you tell your girls about Santa?’ I thought this would make a good blog for this time of year.

Stop Messing With Sin 2: Don’t Let Anything Get In The Way

This is the second blog in a 3 part series on the subject of perseverance, written by Andy Mathieson, 20schemes church planter in Lochee, Dundee. Read part 1 here. So how do we move forward?

Dumb Yet Dumber, or Smart Yet Wise 1/2

I sat in a meeting talking about how we might be able to help women in hard places do women’s ministry. The thing is, I’m sitting there thinking, ‘This is crazy! What have we got

Stressed to the Max: How Does God Want Us to Deal With Stress?

This is part 2 of a 2 part blog series on the issue of stress written by Sharon Dickens (20schemes director of women’s ministry). In the previous post, we looked at what stress is, how

Stop Messing With Sin 1: Don’t Mess About

This is the first blog in a 3 part series on the subject of perseverance, written by Andy Mathieson, 20schemes church planter in Lochee, Dundee. A smart dead guy called Jonathan Edwards once said this:

Stressed to the Max: How Do You Know if You’re Too Stressed?

This is part 1 of a 2 part blog series on the issue of stress written by Sharon Dickens (20schemes director of women’s ministry). How Do You Know if You’re Too Stressed? ‘Come to me, all

‘He Will Hold Me Fast’ – 20schemes Music

Introduction – by Sol Fenne A few years ago at a Niddrie Community Church weekend away we sang Matt Merker’s re-working of the hymn ‘He Will Hold Me Fast’. For us at 20schemes, this hymn

The New Urban Crisis: Jesus Didn’t Start ‘Upstream’

This is the final post of a three part review of Richard Florida’s book, ‘The New Urban Crisis: Gentrification, Housing Bubbles, Growing Inequality and What We Can Do About It’. PART 1 | PART 2