Lessons from the Disruption – How a Church Split Can be Positive!


It was a surprise to be asked by Christian Today to comment on the 174th Anniversary of the Free Church Disruption of 1843.  I doubt that the anniversary went through the minds of even most Free Church people.  But as I reflected on it, I realised that the Disruption still has a lot to teach us – so as we head into the General Assemblies of the Church of Scotland (about to approve SSM) and the Free Church – I am praying – Lord, do it again!    It  won’t be in the same way, but may God grant that the same passion, zeal and love for the Lord would characterise us – if the New Wine comes can the Old wineskins contain it?

The ‘Great Disruption’ happened 174 years ago this week. Why does it matter? Why should we care?

Painting by en:David Octavius Hill (died 1870) of the…

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