Author: Mez McConnell

Mez McConnell is the senior pastor of Niddrie Community Church and director of 20schemes. He 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.
March 2, 2021
Rethinking ‘Mercy Ministries’

The best kind of mercy ministry is a healthy local church.

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February 23, 2021
Why Mercy Ministries Don’t Work

Hint: They aren’t biblical.

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February 9, 2021
Why Bother With Church Membership?

Is church membership even in the Bible?

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January 25, 2021
Should the Church Seek to ‘Redeem’ the Culture?

Is our culture redeemable and should the church be engaged in this so-called cultural redemption?

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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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