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From Prison to the Pulpit: A Stunning Story of God's Grace
Posted By Matt Smethurst On January 31, 2013 @ 10:00 PM In Articles of Interest,Featured,Testimony,Video | 4 Comments
Every Christian has an "impressive" testimony. There aren't Varsity and JV versions, because there aren't Varsity and JV sinners. "Dead in our trespasses and sins" (Eph. 2:1-3) described all of us before God butted in (Eph. 2:4).
But while all testimonies are miraculous, some are unusually gripping and encouraging. Mez McConnell has one of those stories.
Once an abused, addicted, homeless, Christian-despising criminal, Mez now serves as senior pastor of Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh, Scotland, and founder of 20 Schemes , a ministry dedicated to building gospel-centered churches for Scotland's poorest communities ("schemes"). Here's their vision:
Our long-term desire is to see Scotland's housing schemes transformed by the good news of Jesus Christ through the planting of gospel-preaching churches, ultimately led by a future generation of indigenous church leaders. . . . We believe building healthy, gospel-preaching churches in Scotland's poorest communities will bring true, sustainable, and long-term renewal to Scotland's schemes.
We partnered with 20Schemes to record a brief video of Mez's testimony. Do your soul a favor and watch. Soli Deo gloria.
Mez recounted his story in a three-minute presentation  at Together for the Gospel 2012 and in an hour-long interview  at 9Marks. For a more detailed account of Mez's testimony, pick up a copy of his book, Is There Anybody Out There?: A Journey from Despair to Hope  (Christian Focus, 2011).
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URLs in this post:
 20 Schemes: http://www.20schemes.com/
 Mez McConnell's Testimony: http://vimeo.com/57561798
 20 Schemes: http://vimeo.com/20schemes
 Vimeo: http://vimeo.com
 three-minute presentation: http://t4g.org/media/2012/04/testimonies-mez-mcconnell/
 hour-long interview: http://www.9marks.org/audio/amazing-testimony-god
 Is There Anybody Out There?: A Journey from Despair to Hope: http://www.amazon.com/There-Anybody-Out-Journey-Despair/dp/1845507738/?tag=thegospcoal-20
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