Author: Mez McConnell

Mez McConnell is the senior pastor of Niddrie Community Church and director of 20Schemes. Mez is the author of numerous books, including The Creaking on the Stairs: Finding Faith in God Through Childhood Abuse (Christian Focus) and Is There Anybody Out There?: A Journey from Despair to Hope (Christian Focus). He’s married to Miriam and has two daughters. You can follow him on Twitter.
November 10, 2020
Why Unemployment is Such a Problem in Our Communities

Scotland’s national unemployment rate (pre-COVID) was 4.5%. In the schemes, it’s anywhere from 25–30%.

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October 19, 2020
Can Christian ‘Hospitality’ Hinder Gospel Ministry?

We can be wonderfully hospitable in myriad ways but, sooner or later, people must face up to the full gospel of Jesus Christ.

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October 8, 2020
The Rock-Solid Hope of Penal Substitutionary Atonement (Part 3)

Victims of abuse need to know that God is good and undeniably for us. Penal substitution assures us He is both.

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October 6, 2020
How Not to Apply Genesis 22 Pastorally (Part Two)

Genesis 22 does have application for us today. But we must be careful not to misapply this text.

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October 5, 2020
Does Genesis 22 Promote Child Abuse? (Part One)

There are two things in life guaranteed to make both liberals and atheists mad.

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September 22, 2020
What to Do When Everything You’ve Worked for Falls Apart

Many come to the inner-city all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Then reality hits.

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September 15, 2020
The Doctrine that Fuels the Fire of Our Evangelism

Far from killing evangelism, this doctrine is not only the fuel that lights the fire of it but keeps it burning indefinitely.

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September 2, 2020
Does God Really ‘Hate the Sin but Love the Sinner?’

If we’re going to tell someone that Jesus loves them, we should be able to explain why and how.

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August 25, 2020
Won’t Doing Ministry Among the Poor Put My Children in Harm’s Way?

Ministry in hard places is costly. Jesus is worth it.

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August 4, 2020
Why Community Living Sucks and What We Can Do About It

Team dynamics are always a battleground in Christian ministry.

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