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Is God anti-gay? A Conference With Sam Allberry

It’s the hot topic of the moment. Christians, the church and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes towards homosexuality. And there is growing hostility towards those who hold a different

New Church Plant In Aberdeen

We’re delighted to welcome Lewis and Rosie Campbell to 20schemes. Lewis is looking to plant a church in a community in Aberdeen called Torry. We put some questions to Lewis and Rosie this week to

Church Planting; What Happens When It Doesn’t Go Our Way?

It’s been a Proverbs 19:21 start to the year in Barlanark: Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21) In

VOICES: Who Do I Listen To?

The new 9Marks Urban Series – First Steps Of Discipleship, is designed to help people think through the big questions in life in an accessible and practical way. VOICES: Who Do I Listen To? is

WAR: Why Did Life Just Get Harder?

All too often, our heads can feel like they are caught in a dark, lonely battle between what we want to do and what we know we should. God feels distant and we feel dirty.

Lochee Baptist Chapel

Welcome To Lochee Baptist Chapel

On the 23rd of October 2016 the Lochee team covenanted together around our statement of faith. In doing that, we ceased to be a team and became a church. In some ways this was the

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Kevin DeYoung

Why Kevin DeYoung Loves 20schemes

In March of 2016, Kevin DeYoung, author and senior pastor of University Reformed Church (East Lansing, Michigan) visited Niddrie Community Church to meet some of the members and check out 20schemes. In this sort video,

under discipline

How Should We Handle It If Somebody Under Discipline From Another Church Starts Attending Ours?

I have done a four part series on the topic of church discipline in earlier posts so I won’t be visiting old ground here (if you want to read it click here). To summarise: As

first church hire

Why My First Church Hire Was A Woman, And Yours Should Be Too

When I first moved to Niddrie Community Church almost 10 years ago I spent the first 6 months or so getting to know who was in the congregation (it was very small). I wanted to

20schemes Christmas Challenge Fund 2016

After the success of last year’s Christmas Challenge, which brought in nearly $20,000 for gospel ministry in Scotland’s poorest communities, we’re again asking you to consider supporting 20schemes this Christmas time with the Christmas Challenge

Complete Strangers

Why You Should Let Complete Strangers Stay In Your Home

For a man’s house is his castle, et domus sua cuique est tutissimum refugium [and each man’s home is his safest refuge]. This was established as common law by the lawyer and politician Sir Edward

Announcing 20schemes Weekender February 2017

We’re excited to announce that 20schemes will be running another Weekender mini-conference in February 2017 at Niddrie Community Church. Friday 24th – Sunday 26th February 2017 This follows on from our previous sell-out Weekenders. It

A Transatlantic Elegy For An American Hillbilly

I got a tweet from an American friend a while back. “Give this book a try”, he wrote. “It’s a New York Times bestseller and everybody is going on about it. I’d be curious to

Learning How To Do Church In Scotland's Schemes

It’s Monday morning; the staff and interns are bleary-eyed from the weekend past, sleepwalking through their morning routine, all thanks to 10 days of intense activity which, on the run up to it, was prophetically

Man, I Feel Like A Woman

We had our first ever ’20schemes Women’s Training Day’ on Tuesday. It’s something that has always been intended but seemed an impossibility to make a reality; to bring all the busy wives and women in ministry,

Old Donkeys Needed!

I once heard the story of a people group in somewhere like the Himalayan mountains who used donkeys to carry their belongings and supplies. Their journeys often traversed narrow mountain-passes where treacherous precipices guaranteed fatalities

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Gentrification

This is the third part of a longer conversation we had in May 2016, discussing the differences and similarities in contexts and issues between Niddrie, a housing scheme in Scotland, and the hood in West

How To Stay Encouraged When You Want To Give Up (2)

This is the second part of a post we started last week. If you missed it, here’s the link. We were thinking about the fact that the Christian life is a battle, ministry is tough,

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An Update From Our Church Planters In Barlanark, Glasgow

Exactly a year ago we had just come back from our 20schemes staff week away which was our first week of full time church planting. Now, a year later, we are just back from our

How To Stay Encouraged When You Want To Give Up (1)

And apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. (2 Corinthians 11) The Christian walk is a battle. Ministry is tough. Leadership is back breaking work.