A Sad Departure
David Randall is our guest as we discuss his book A Sad Departure.
Book Description (from the publisher):
If you care at all about the Christian church you must brace yourself for a roller coaster of emotions as you read A Sad Departure.
The title contains a double entendre. On the one hand, it alludes to the departure from the Church of Scotland of about forty ministers and many members. On the other hand, it refers to the catalyst of these actions – the departure of the Kirk from its moorings in the authority of Scripture by its decisions on ‘the gay question’.
A Sad Departure tells a dark story, almost novelesque in character. A church’s Theological Commission reaches a unanimous conclusion on the teaching on marriage given in its ultimate authority, the Bible. But then its General Assembly acts in a way that ignores, demeans, and rejects that teaching. Thus behind these sad departures lies the prior and much sadder departure of the Kirk from its sacred constitution.
This is a thoughtful, honest and solemnising book written out of a deep personal and pastoral concern for the cause of the gospel.
– From the Foreword by Sinclair B. Ferguson
About the Author (from the publisher):
David J. Randall was born in Edinburgh in 1945 and attended Leith Academy Primary School and George Heriot’s Secondary. He graduated in arts and divinity at Edinburgh University and then studied for a Th.M. at Princeton Theological Seminary. After assistantships in Broomhouse and Carrick Knowe, he served as minister of Macduff Parish Church in Aberdeenshire from 1971 to 2010, where he preached through the whole Bible. He has served the wider church in various capacities, including a term as convener of the Church of Scotland’s Apologetics Committee (now ‘Why Believe?’). He is now retired from full-time pastoral ministry and serves as chairman of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity based in Dundee.
David’s publications include Believe It or Not! – answering objections to the Christian faith, and Grace Sufficient (a biography of missionary Elizabeth Mantell of Malawi). He contributed a regular newspaper column, ‘It Makes You Think’ for the Banffshire Journal for 26 years, and more recently has edited Why I Am not an Atheist: Facing the Inadequacies of Unbelief, published in 2013.
David is married to Nan and they have two sons who are pastors, another son who died suddenly in November 2013, one daughter, and six grandchildren. They live near Broughty Ferry, Scotland.