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 30, 2019
Is Focusing on the Crucifixion Really Necessary for the Modern Christian?

Despite the fact that the crucifixion appears both ridiculous and disgusting to the world, it is actually the site of God’s greatest achievement.

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November 16, 2019
Is Our Charity Hurting More Than Helping?

Complex problems won‘t be solved by easy solutions.

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November 9, 2019
How to Counsel People in the Local Church

The need for counselling in the local church is clear. But what does this look like in practice?

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November 4, 2019
Where Was Jesus in My Suffering?

Christ’s brutal crucifixion offers real, meaningful hope for those who have suffered the horrors of abuse.

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November 2, 2019
Why Most of What You Believe About Poverty is Wrong

Simplistic views of poverty do more harm than good.

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October 28, 2019
A New Website Dedicated to Ministry Among the Poor

20schemes Equip is a new website that exists to resource churches in the world’s poorest communities. I (Ben Hansen) asked Mez McConnell and Matthew Spandler-Davison about the history of 20schemes, what kind of content we’ve released to this point, and what we hope this new site will achieve. When was 20schemes started? Matthew: We launched […]

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October 27, 2019
Sheep Among Wolves

Sermon preached at Tenth Presbyterian Church on 5th May 2019.

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October 22, 2019
Gospel Message

This sermon was given on 24 July 2018 at Niddrie Community Church as part of their baptism service.

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October 10, 2019
The Creaking on the Stairs: Finding Faith in God Through Childhood Abuse

This is an adapted excerpt from Mez McConnell’s new book The Creaking on the Stairs: Finding Faith in God Through Childhood Abuse. Please pre-order the book through 10ofthose. Every purchase made through 10ofthose helps to support the work of 20schemes. I remember walking home from school with the envelope in my hand. I held it […]

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February 8, 2019
Why Your Short-Term Mission Trip Probably Isn't Alleviating Poverty

Let me tell you a story about a pastor called John who lives in a small town in Scotland. You’ve never heard of him and you’ve never heard of his community. Where he lives unemployment is high, drug abuse is off the charts, and life is hard and short. John was saved about 10 years […]

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