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A reminder that the MP3 recordings from the 2015 Study Weekend are now available.

April 24, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
April 25, 2015
10:00 amto11:00 am
11:15 amto12:30 pm
2:30 pmto4:00 pm
6:00 pmto9:00 pm
April 26, 2015
10:00 amto11:30 am

verrecchia2The Crieff 2015 Study Weekend was presented by Dr Jean-Claude Verrecchia.

Dr Verrecchia is Principal Lecturer in New Testament at Newbold College where he specialises in the Gospels, Hebrews and Biblical Hermeneutics.

His subject was

“Reading and Interpreting Scripture”

and more specifically

“Adventists: Between a mere reading and the risk of interpretation”

The schedule ran as follows:

  • Friday
    • 6pm, soup and bread at the church
    • 7-8:30pm, ‘The Reliable Bible, but God is not the Author’.
      Manuscripts, variants, authorship, the ‘myth’ of the original text, translations.

  • Sabbath (Saturday)
    • 10am: ‘The End of the Gutenberg Galaxy’. The Bible as an oral piece of literature.
    • 11:15am: ‘Do You Understand What You Are Reading?’
    • 2:30pm: ‘Reading Behind the Text’. The author-centred approach of the Bible (with examples).
    • 6pm: General discussion!  Informal gathering at Steve and Muriel’s house
    • PowerPoint slides for various Sabbath presentations
  • Sunday


Reading List

Jean-Claude recommends the following titles:

Our annual study weekend for 2014 is being taken by Dr Jan Barna of Newbold College. His topic is “Is the Bible a Sure Word of God?  Origins, Canon and Biblical Narrative”.

Click for more details, audio files etc…

March 28, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
March 29, 2014
10:00 amto12:30 pm
2:30 pmto5:00 pm
March 30, 2014
10:00 amto12:00 pm

Jan BarnaOur annual study weekend for 2014 was taken by Dr Jan Barna.

Dr Barna comes to us from Newbold College where he is a Senior Lecturer in Systematic and Biblical Theology. His topic was:

“Is the Bible a Sure Word of God?  Origins, Canon and Biblical Narrative”.

The timetable for the weekend is given below, with links to audio recordings and copies of Jan’s slide presentations.

Jan Barna is a senior lecturer in systematic and biblical theology in the Department of Theological Studies at Newbold College in the United Kingdom. Jan comes originally from Slovak Republic (former Czechoslovakia) where he worked as a church pastor for several years.

He completed his undergraduate studies in theology in Prague, Czech Republic, received his Master’s degree from Andrews University in Christian leadership and completed a doctorate in 2009 under the supervision of the renowned NT scholar David Wenham at Trinity College Bristol, UK.

In 2013, Jan published his doctorate under the title Ordination of Women in Seventh-day Adventist Theology: A Study in Biblical Interpretations. His book offers the most comprehensive guide to the hotly debated subject available today, addressing not just the theological and biblical aspects, but also the central hermeneutical issues.

Jan is also an ordained minister and an active elder in his local church. He frequently participates as speaker at various events in Europe. Jan is married to Ivana, who works as a medical doctor.

This is Jan’s second visit to Crieff.  He presented our 2007 Study Weekend where his subject was “The History of Adventist Beliefs: A Continuous Search for Identity“.  We welcome him back!

November 10, 2013
10:00 amto12:30 pm

Study Weekend at Crieff SDA Church.

8 – 10 November 2013

Mike and Helen Pearson from Newbold College present a series of talks, workshops and activity sessions on the subject of prayer.

Sunday morning 10 November

10.00 am – 12.30 pm

Prayer and Profiles: Who are we?


November 9, 2013

Study Weekend at Crieff SDA Church.

8 – 10 November 2013

Mike and Helen Pearson from Newbold College present a series of talks, workshops and activity sessions on the subject of prayer.

Sabbath morning 9 November

10.00 am – 11.00 am

Prayer Windows 2013 (part 1)

11.15 – 12.30 pm

Prayer Windows 2013 (part 2)

Sabbath evening 9 November

5.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Who are we praying to? (part 1)

6.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Join us for finger buffet tea

7.00 pm – 8.30 pm

Prayer and Presence (part 2)


November 8, 2013
6:00 pmto8:30 pm

Study Weekend at Crieff SDA Church.

8 – 10 November 2013

Mike and Helen Pearson from Newbold College present a series of talks, workshops and activity sessions on the subject of prayer.

Friday Evening 8 November

6.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Join us for soup and bread

7.00 pm – 8.30 pm

Prayers and Desires: What are we praying about?



June 1, 2013
3:00 pmto5:00 pm

ASI-UK and Stanborough Park Church will co-sponsor a seminar on Intelligent Design at 3.00 pm on Sabbath 1 June at the Stanborough Park church.

Professor John Walton of St Andrews University and Dr Alistair Noble, director of the Intelligent Design Unit, will be presenting a scientific and compelling argument as to why life must have been designed by our omniscient God.

If you cannot attend, you can watch the seminar on your computer from the comfort of your own home. Connect to



Four MP3 recordings and associated Powerpoint prsentations from ‘New Times – New Opportunities‘ with Bjorn Ottesen, our first Study Weekend of 2013.

Find out more on the ‘Study Weekend ~ Pastor Bjorn Ottesen‘ page.

If you find them interesting please let us know!

January 25, 2013
7:30 pmto9:00 pm
January 26, 2013
January 27, 2013
9:00 amto10:30 am

New Times – New Opportunities

Reflecting on the task of the church and how it can be put into practice in our time.



Bjorn Ottesen

Guest speaker, Pastor Bjorn Ottesen is a lecturer at Newbold College. He has worked as a pastor in Adventist churches in Norway, Sweden and Denmark for 17 years, and as president for the Danish Union and Swedish Union for the last 11 years. He is currently working on a DMin degree with Fuller Theological Seminary. Pastor Ottesen is married and has four grown up daughters.

We’ve just uploaded four MP3 recordings of our 2012 Study Weekend presentations.

You can find them on the ‘Annual Study Weekend ~ Jim Nix and Cindy Tutsch, “Understanding Ellen White in 21st Century Britain” page.

If you find them interesting please let us know!

November 2, 2012
7:30 pmto9:30 pm
November 3, 2012
10:00 amto11:00 am
11:15 amto12:30 pm
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
6:30 pmto9:00 pm
November 4, 2012
9:30 amto12:00 pm
11:00 amto12:00 pm

Our annual study weekend will be taken this year by Jim Nix and Cindy Tutsch who are visiting us from the Ellen G. White Estate. Their topic will be:

“Understanding Ellen White in 21st Century Britain”

James R. Nix has been director of the Ellen G. White Estate since 2000. He has authored or contributed to several books including Early Advent Singing, Laughter and Tears of the Pioneers, and In the Footprints of the Pioneers.

Dr Cindy Tutsch is an associate director of the Ellen G. White Estate. She has served as conference youth director, pastor, Bible teacher, television host, and coordinator of youth-in-evangelism initiatives, including Magabook ministries. Dr. Tutsch is the author of Ellen White on Leadership, scores of articles published in Adventist periodicals, and is editor of Visionary4Kids, an on-line magazine.

This year we shall be sharing our speakers with other churches in the Scottish Mission.

Crieff events

  • CANCELLED: Thurs 1 Nov at 7:30pm: “The Light Still Shines” with Jim Nix
  • Fri 2 Nov at 7:30pm: “The Songs of Zion” with Jim Nix
  • Sat 3 Nov at 6:30pm: “Ellen White – Who Was She and Why Does She Matter?” with Cindy Tutsch (MP3 recording)
  • Sun 4 Nov at 9:30am: “The Eschatological Relevance of Ellen White in the 21st Century ” with Cindy Tutsch (MP3 recording)
  • Sun 4 Nov at 11am: “Was Ellen White Green? (EGW for the postmodern)” with Cindy Tutsch (MP3 recording)
  • Additional MP3 recording of the “Question and Answer” session following the last seminar.

Dundee events

  • Sat 3 Nov at 10 am: TBA with Cindy Tutsch
  • Sat 3 Nov at 11:15am: “Ellen White on Your Assurance of Salvation” with Cindy Tutsch
  • Sat 3 Nov at 2 pm: “Ellen White – A Special Agent of The Kingdom of Heaven” with Cindy Tutsch

Glasgow events

  • Sat 3 Nov at 11:15am: “The Practical Gift of Prophecy” with Jim Nix
  • Sat 3 Nov at 2 pm: “The Light Still Shines” with Jim Nix


September 27, 2012
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
September 28, 2012
9:00 amto10:15 am
10:30 amto12:00 pm

Dr Alden Thompson

“Who’s Afraid of the Old Testament God?”

Alden Thompson is currently professor of biblical studies at Walla Walla University, in the USA.  He has a long connection with Scotland: from 1972 to 1974, he was on college-sponsored doctoral study leave at the University of Edinburgh.

An ordained minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Dr Thompson is a graduate of Walla Walla College (BA 1965) and Andrews University (MA 1966; BDiv 1967). Before joining the faculty at WWC, he pastored in Southeastern California (1967-1970). He received his doctorate in Old Testament and Judaic Studies from the University of Edinburgh in 1975. His dissertation, Responsibility for Evil in the Theodicy of IV Ezra was published by Scholars Press in 1977.

He is in frequent demand as a speaker and seminar presenter. His primary interests are the Bible, especially the Old Testament, Ellen White studies, “Inspiration,” and Adventist History. Many of his articles and papers can be accessed at his web site,

Thursday 27 September

  • 7.30 pm “Reading the whole Bible, and not just the parts you like” (MP3 recording)

Friday 28 September

  • 9.00 am “The Avalanche: Why Satan goes into hiding” (MP3 recording)
  • 10.45 am “Strange people need strange laws” (MP3 recording)

Further seminars were held on Sabbath 29 September at Dundee SDA Church.

Audio recordings (in MP3 format) and presentations (PowerPoint PPT files) from Dr Reinder Bruinsma’s weekend study conference, ‘Can Daniel and Revelation be relevant for today?’,  held at Crieff Adventist Church on 28-30 October 2011.  If you find them interesting please let us know!

  1. Past Truth or Present Truth?”, Friday night.
  2. Do we need more Truth?“, Saturday morning, Sabbath School.
  3. Are you for real?“, Saturday morning, main Sabbath service.
    • MP3 file (7MB)
    • (no presentation)
  4. What does it mean to be Postmodern?“, Saturday afternoon.
    • Part 1 MP3 file (10.5MB)
    • Part 2 MP3 file (12.2MB)
    • Q&A session MP3 file (8MB)
    • Presentation in PowerPoint format
  5. God’s grand narrative“, Sunday morning.
  6. Our message for Postmoderns“, Sunday morning.
November 15, 2011
7:30 pmto9:00 pm

In the latest in our series of annual lectures in Crieff, Professor John Walton presented:


Update on the Origins Debate – Downsizing neo-Darwinism

Professor John C Walton is Research Professor of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


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