A Biblical Identity in a Secular World – 22-23 Nov 2019

A Biblical Identity in a Secular World – 22-23 Nov 2019

A Biblical Identity in a Secular World – The Scottish Echoes International Annual Seminar

Today, we live in a confusing world where western society seeks to obliterate the lines between male and female.  Scotland in particular seems determined to drive an agenda which is resulting in a hostile environment for anyone seeking to live for Christ.  How do individuals and churches maintain a testimony which allows us to be Salt & Light?  Where is fact and fiction in this “social debate”? What does science tell us? How do we maintain a biblical view of human sexuality while at the same time reach those who are without hope, outside of Christ? These are just some of the challenges we will tackle over the 2 days together.   

The dates for 2019 are Friday and Saturday, the 22nd and 23rd of November.  

The venue is Faskally House just north of Pitlochry

The retreat is scheduled to start at 4pm on the Friday and will finish on the Saturday around 3pm. 

The speakers who are going to help us over the 2 days are:

Professor David Galloway

David is married to Christine and they are both actively involved in serving at Lennox Evangelical Church, Dumbarton, where David has been part of the leadership team for over 30 years.  He is also a Director and Trustee of SOLAS Centre for Public Christianity.  David is a gifted Bible teacher and has recently delivered a series focussing on the issues arising from modern ideological approaches to sexuality and transgenderism.  He will soon participate in a public debate concerning Christian principles in medicine.  David holds several medical qualification and prior to his retirement was President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.  Since retiring, David provides periodic medical support at Chitokoloki Mission Hospital in Zambia, and has been known to go crocodile hunting!

Simon Calvert:

Simon Calvert has been with The Christian Institute since 1996, initially as Legal & Public Affairs Officer and, from 1998, as a Deputy Director.  A native of the north east of England, he studied law at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1990-1993) and the University of Northumbria (1993-1994) before taking a training contract with a leading law firm in his home town of Middlesbrough. After qualifying as a solicitor in 1996, Simon moved to The Christian Institute where he has applied his legal training to parliamentary work and to helping Christians discriminated against because of their faith.  As well as advising on the potential impact of legislation and drafting amendments to Bills, he assists politicians in the House of Lords and the House of Commons with speeches. Simon has a particular interest in free speech and laws that inhibit public preaching of the gospel. He was Campaign Director of the successful Reform Section 5 campaign, which overturned a law which was often used against street preachers. He played a key role in encouraging members of the House of Lords to reject plans to make it a criminal offence to be ‘annoying’ in a public place.  Simon is married with two children.

As we look at potential threats to our evangelical witness and testimony in the years ahead, few would doubt that our topic will not be a significant risk. We hope that you will be able to join us.

Secure your place by contacting Ruth Blair by the end of October using the email address:   events@echoesinternational.org.uk  Last year we had a great opportunity to fellowship and pray together as God’s Word was taught. We look forward to a similar event next month.  

We are limited for space and we will operate on a strict first response, first place basis.  It would be helpful if you could respond as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment.  Please also advise of any food intolerances / allergies. In order to maximise the space you will probably be asked to share with someone else attending the weekend. Please note this event is open to male and female delegates.