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The response to my article on the Church of Scotland’s own figures and reports has been interesting – if a little predictable.  I am thankful for people like Alan Williams who remarked that it was a fair and measured comment.  We continue to pray for people like Alan who are seeking to turn the tide.

But there were two other responses which intrigued me.  The Assembly Clerk’s office put out a statement which was very defensive and accused me of getting it wrong.  Apparently losing 16,000 members per year and 25 ministers is a ‘gentle decline’.   One hardly knows where to begin! I attempted in my latest article on the Christian Today website.

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/is.the.church.of.scotland.in.terminal.decline/52437.htm

But there was one article in this months “Life and Work’ which offered both some light and further confusion.  The Rev Sandor Fazakas, the minister of Portree in Skye writes of his experience of being…

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