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‘Christianity has to do with love’

Sandy Forsyth considers the impact of the mission and ministry of the Rev Tom Allan – the subject of a new book focussing on the minister and his peers.

WHAT are we to do and say? In these times of great challenges caused by the diminishing role of religion in Scottish society, and the continuing fall in membership and attendances of a Church with an increasing age profile, thoughts turn to ‘mission’ in the hope of regeneration. But how do we express the Gospel now in our changing society? Sometimes the task seems so complex and daunting that a stasis results.

Are there important inspirations to be drawn from the recent past which might help us? A new book seeks to re-discover and retrieve for the present day the dynamic models of mission that were exercised in Scotland in a recent time of revival and growth for the Church, during the two decades after World War II. It argues that what was achieved then to powerful effect, as well as the failures of those times, provide valuable lessons for us now. Whilst we cannot simply repeat what was done before the huge social changes of the Sixties began the ‘secularisation’ of our society, we might be more fully aware of our recent history, in order to shape what Christian mission could mean in today’s Scotland.

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