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The Advanced Bible Study Series or ABSS is held every year February in Gemunden. This is a week of intense Bible study, fellowship and exchanging ideas in the beauty of the Taunus area of Germany.

On this site you can find information on how to attend ABSS, how to find Gemunden or to download the most recent audio files of the lessons if you couldn't make it.

ABSS 2018 - February

NewsPosted by Scott Raab 16 Nov, 2017 12:14:39

Hi there!

Time to be sure that ABSS - "Advanced Bible Study Series" is included in your calendar and planning for this coming year. Note the dates below and make your plans to be with us.

ABSS I is February 20-23, 2018 (Tue-Fri) and
ABSS II is February 23-25, 2018 (Fri-Sun)

(More details about our program - speakers and their topics - will be appearing here soon. We will also send an update by email. If you want to be sure you receive that, send us a note at abss.gemunden@gmail.com )

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Mark Your Calendar

NewsPosted by Paul Brazle 03 Dec, 2016 18:14:54

Just an early December reminder...

to mark ABSS on your calendar: Week of 13 FEB 2017

Also be reminded to note that this may be a week sooner than you thought.
Normally we hold to the third 'full' week. This time:

ABSS I - 14-17 Feb (tue am - fri noon) (but please plan to come in Monday PM)

and ABSS II - 17-19 FEB (fri pm - sun noon)

A bit of program info:

Presenters this year 'include':
Tony Coffey - long-time evangelist in Dublin, Ireland
Ben Langford - Director, Center for Global Missions, Oklahoma Christian Univ.
(and past missionary to Uganda)
John Osborne - Director, International Programs, Oklahoma Christian Univ.
(and Communications instructor, past work in Japan)

More details available soon, but send a note if you want to be sure you personally receive your ABSS 2017 Announce-Flyer document. abss.gemunden@gmail.com

Paul B

+32/488 481 082 (mobile and voice mail)


ABSS is 'Advanced Bible Study Series' (Gemünden, Germany)

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(Disclaimer: The hills pictured are not those of 'Taunus' in the region of Frankfurt, but the text shown is taken from the same Bible we will be studying together.)

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ABSS dates - 2017

NewsPosted by Paul Brazle 14 Nov, 2016 13:36:21

ABSS -- 2017

Wanted to get word out to one and all:
(you may not be 'all' but you are 'one')

ABSS Dates 2017 --- week of 13 FEB !!

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ABSS Dates 2017 --- week of 13 FEB !!

Note please that this may a week earlier than you expected, and mark your calendar/agenda/personal-planner/gizmo accordingly.
(Traditionally we take the 3rd full week - from Monday; this 'aberrates' only very slightly from that.)

ABSS I - 13-17 Feb (tue am - fri noon)
and ABSS II - 17-19 FEB (fri pm - sun noon)

More info on the program(me) will appear soon!

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ABSS (announce flyer) 2016

NewsPosted by Paul Brazle 07 Dec, 2015 09:41:22


Feb 16-19 and Feb 19-21, 2016

Gemünden, Germany

All are welcome to attend either or both sessions…

ABSS I runs from Tuesday AM through Friday noon (arrival encouraged from Monday evening!). The daily schedule is for 5-6 sessions (of 50 minutes), but we include a long afternoon break to enjoy your choice of the nature or the fellowship (or both).

ABSS II is a family-friendly*, weekend retreat from Friday evening through Sunday after lunch, with a 1-day seminar on Saturday (but still a long afternoon break) followed by an informal assembly Sunday.

(* We want to accommodate families, but everyone is welcome.)

This year’s presenters:

Keynote presenter….

Jim McGuiggan (Nashville, Tennessee)

“Reflections on God, Life and People”

Patrick Boyns (Peterborough, UK)

“Leadership Today - Principles and Aspects”

Doyle Kee (Geneva)

“Modern Idolatry and the Mission Task”

Craig Young (Marseille, FR)

“Leadership Emergence”

For ABSS II - Jim McGuiggan will present on:

The Church and “The Powers” and Gospeling to the “Oppressed”


For additional information and more details on the program, contact:

Paul Brazle - ABSS Coordinator

Maria Clarastraat 13 - 2160 Wommelgem (Antwerpen) - BELGIUM

tel - + 32/3/366.01.36 (abss.gemunden@gmail.com) or check website: abssgemunden.be

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Dates for 2015

NewsPosted by Scott Raab 05 Jan, 2015 18:31:45

Are you preparing for ABSS 2015? The dates are set and we are getting ready for you.


Arrival is from Monday PM, February 16.

ABSS I: 17-20 February 2015 (Tuesday AM to Friday noon)
ABSS II: 20-22 February 2015 (
Friday PM to Sunday noon)

This year’s presenters:

Keynote speaker: Richard Beck, ACU - Abilene, Texas
“Welcoming God in the Stranger: The Theology and Practice of Hospitality”

Additional presenters:
Mark Woodward (Ft Worth, TX)
Justin Dauner (Marseille, FR)
Steve Allison (Abilene, TX)
Patrick Boyns (Peterborough, UK)

To request complete program information, contact ABSS Coordinator:
Paul Brazle brazle.paul@gmail.com
or watch Facebook >> ABSS - Gemünden, Germany

Put it in your agenda. Invite your friends and members from your congregation. Be reading some books to share with us on the book night. Plan something wonderful for the Follies!

Are you new to ABSS? Look around this website to find the necessary information (costs, directions, specifics).

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Will you share?

NewsPosted by Scott Raab 18 Jan, 2011 23:21:14
ABSS is a week - or a couple of days - packed full of opportunities to learn, to grow and to share. Consider how you would like to share during your time together.

"Lekker" - Bring something typical from your country to share during the sandwich meal or at the coffee break. Belgian chocolate cannot be topped, but you can try.

"Talent" - Thursday evening brings the "Gemundener Follies" low-ebtry leven talent show. Share your talent and give us a good reason to laugh.

"Spare change" - Thursday is also our ice cream night. Plan to bring along some spare change for this night. The "hired cleaning" is included in the fee.

"Scholarship" - Be informed that we have a scholarship fund, if you are able to make a "deposit" or need to make a "withdrawal".

"Walk and talk" - Every day begins with singing, progresses on to some great lessons and then takes a break in the afternoon. We have left the afternoons open for great walks in the countryside, discussing the lessons or simply getting to know one another. There are also plenty of touris attractions in the area to visit.

"Sing a new song" - or an old one. Be sure to bring your voice to join in the wonderful singing.

"A good book" - Plan on having something to offer during the "Book review/Reading advisory" session (including websites, etc)

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NewsPosted by Scott Raab 18 Jan, 2011 23:10:44
Traditonally there is a "Gemündener Follies", a low-entry level talent show. Everyone is welcome, especially those who think they are talented. We have heard all sorts of songs, seen skits galore, heard dramatic readings, listened to wonderful poems written during the week and laughed at jokes or magic acts.

Plan to share a bit of your talent on the Thursday evening and then enjoy some delicious ice cream with the audience and other "talent".

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