From the Ministers

From the Ministers

Double Listening

“Can you say that again?” might be your response if I said; “What does ‘Double Listening’ mean?” That’s not quite what we are thinking about here though. I first came across the term when listening to a talk by John Stott. He talked about the need to listen to both the Bible and also to society. The question he posed was how do we listen to the Bible? His answer, was…

A Passion for Mission

As we read the gospels it becomes readily apparent that the disciples of Jesus must have lead interesting lives. Their time with Jesus was punctuated by memorable events that they would never forget. Probably no event was more memorable than the day they stood with Jesus on a mountain and he gave them what we now call the Great Commission. Every day at this stage of their…

“Oh, When the Saints…”

After Christmas Gill and I had a four-day break in the North, beginning with a couple of nights in Durham, then seeing the New Year in with some of our closest friends in Bramhope, Leeds. It meant we could also see our son, Nick and his wife, Jes, and their two children (and commiserate with them that our two-year old grandson had the dreaded norovirus, poor chap.) It was…

What do we treasure the most?

What we treasure can vary from artefacts left to us from relatives, to coins, jewellery, houses, antique cars and so on. Sometimes we treasure the accumulation of wealth accompanied by a continuous desire to have more and more. There seems to be no limit to the spiral of how much is enough. The most earthly thought when treasures are accumulated is the fear that your…

Repairs and Replacements

It has been a season of repairs and replacements in our home. Two garden parasols have broken — one, and older one, repaired with some metal plant stakes to fix two broken aluminium struts, and the other broken beyond my ability to repair, will need to be replaced next season. The rotary clothes line snapped at its base a couple of days ago, and so I bought a replacement,…

Goodbye to Summertime

By the time you read this article the summer holidays will be drawing to a close. For many of our church congregation this time has meant a bit of  break from the norm. No school for the younger ones amongst us and those who are involved in school life. The stopping of many of the groups that meet regularly for August, Time for things to happen that can’t go on…

Contact June 2016

Over these next two months there are a number of special events as we run up to the summer break, and I hope that for many of us in Abingdon Baptist Church (ABC) we will find each one an encouragement. The first is the ordination of my co-pastor, Steve, during the morning service on the 12th June. We look forward to welcoming our fellow church member, and Regional…

How do we connect?

How do you connect to people? It’s a question I’ve been thinking about increasingly in recent days, as life gets more hectic and the pressures of work make time ever more precious. As with so many things, the internet can be a blessing or a problem. It can deliver information to our fingertips at the click of a mouse, give us access to knowledge, understanding,…