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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.

Speakers and Topics 2015

Details for the sessionsPosted by Paul Brazle 21 Jan, 2015 16:58:00

ABSS 2015


Summary of Speaker and Topics



Richard Beck (Abilene, Texas - ACU)


Welcoming God in the Stranger: The Theology and Practice of Hospitality


Throughout Scripture God comes to His people as a stranger and the church is commanded to practice hospitality in welcoming strangers. And Jesus was notorious for being a "friend of tax collectors and sinners." But despite all this, churches routinely struggle with welcoming others, especially those who are very different from ourselves. What is the problem? And how might we overcome these problem to create more welcoming and hospitable communities? These ABSS sessions will use Biblical text and insights from social psychology to answer these questions and provide practical solutions.


Richard Beck (PhD) is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Abilene Christian University. Richard is the author of three books, Unclean, The Authenticity of Faith, and The Slavery of Death. Richard has also published widely on the intersections of Christian faith and psychology. Richard is a member of the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, TX where he is active in the adult faith and community ministries. Richard also teaches a bible class each week for inmates at the maximum security French-Robertson Unit in Abilene. Richard is married to Jana, a high-school theater teacher, and they have two teenage sons, Brenden and Aidan.



Steve Allison (Abilene, Texas - ACU)


Support Groups / Meaningful Marriages / Meaningful Relationships


In three sessions:

1. Developing & Marketing Support Groups in your Community/Church

2. Meaningful Marriages: What Christian Couples say Matters Most

3. Meaningful Friendships: Bringing Out the Best in People


Steve Allison, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist. He has worked at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX for 30 years. He is a Professor of Psychology and the Robert & Mary Ann Hall Endowed Chair of Psychology & Intercultural Studies. Steve has been involved in missionary and cross-cultural worker care and training in over 60 countries.



Patrick Boyns (Peterborough, UK - British Bible School)


Digging up the Past


Having spent just a month on an archaeological excavation in Israel last year, I am anything but an expert on the subject! However, I do think I have something to offer by way of an introduction to Biblical archaeology from a practical point of view. I have long held an interest in collecting antiquities related to Biblical life and times and familiarised myself with the history of archaeology in the once-holy land.


My two presentations will focus on the recent excavations at Tel Beth-Shemesh, looking at context and finds relating to Biblical history. I might even bring along a few old pieces by way of illustration!


Patrick has taught at the British Bible School in Corby, England, for over 20 years and has served as the principal since 2001. He is currently exceedingly busy helping develop their Distance Learning, Extension Class, and Access Learning Programmes, along with their new In-house Training options, teaching in various congregations throughout Britain. Originally from London, at 19 years of age he moved to Scotland where he was converted to the way of Christ by American servicemen from the Holy Loch submarine base. After graduating from the British Bible School he married June Smyth from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and returned to Scotland to work with the congregation in Dunoon. Patrick has served with congregations in England, spends a week each summer helping at a Bible Camp in Scotland, has taught a number of times in Malawi and is trying to develop an outreach media group in the U.K. Last summer he spent four weeks working on an archaeological excavation at Tel Beth-Shemesh in Israel. Interests include fell-walking, filming and antiquities. June sadly passed away in September 2011 and is sorely missed. They have three children: Shanae, 26; Aubrey, 25; and Rachelle, 23.



Justin Dauner (Marseille - CEM)


Christian Unity in the New Testament


Ever since the first Christians in Corinth, conflicts have threatened the unity of the church. Although the issues that cause division have changed, we still face the same challenge: to “bind [ourselves] together with peace” (Ephesians 4:3). How does the New Testament envision Christian unity? What does it call us to do to preserve and strengthen our fellowship?


Being the son of long-term missionaries to France, Justin Dauner has lived there ever since his birth in 1984. In 2002-2003, he was a student at Christians on Mission, a one-year Biblical internship in Marseilles, France. He then continued his theological training at the FLTR (Free Reformed Seminary) in Aix-en-Provence, obtaining a Master’s degree in 2014. In addition to this academic training, the FLTR requires students to undergo a one-year internship to acquire practical experience. Therefore, Justin is currently working as an intern under the supervision of the Church of Christ in Marseilles.



Mark and Sherrylee Woodward (Fort Worth, Texas - LST)


Short-term Missions in the European Context


1. Session One - The Pros and Cons of Short-Term Missions in the European Context (Many European workers have mixed feelings about the helpfulness of short-term mission groups from the US. In this hour, we can discuss what the pros and cons are as well as the changing nature of short-term missions from the U.S.)

2. Session Two - The Seven Standards of Excellence for Short-Term Missions (If both those who send as well as those who host would adopt and adhere to the Seven Standards of Excellence for Short-Term Missions, the problems would be diminished and the blessings enhanced.)

3. Session Three - The Let’s Start Talking Experience in Europe – LST has been sending groups to work in the European context since 1981. While the basic strategy is the same, the way LST works with the local churches and the variety of opportunities that are offered have continued to evolve with the times. In this session, the focus will be on what is new and improved in the LST experience.


Mark Woodward (PhD) and Sherrylee have worked with and directed the Let's Start Talking Ministry since 1980. This ministry sends Christians all over the world to share their faith with people, using both materials and a strategy that Mark and Sherrylee developed. Before that, they served eight years as full-time mission workers in Germany. Mark has also served as an elder, as chair of mission committees, and as a regular high school, college, and adult teacher in churches of Christ where they have worshipped. Both he and Sherrylee speak and teach at lectureships and for churches throughout the world. They have authored, edited, and co-authored many publications, including Let’s Start Talking: A Strategy for World Evangelism.




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And…. with Richard Beck presenting for ABSS II (Saturday Seminar)


Perfect Love Casts Out Fear: Living Into the Way of Jesus


First John declares that "perfect love casts out fear." But what, exactly, are we afraid of? And how are these fears creating obstacles to our loving others freely, joyfully, spontaneously and sacrificially? The weekend sessions of ABSS will use psychological insights and Biblical text to illuminate the fears we face and how we might "cast out" these fears as we "take up our cross" in order to "lay down our lives" in love for others.




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Update on costs

CostPosted by Paul Brazle 07 Jan, 2015 21:38:50
Regarding costs, please be aware that we've actually trimmed it back this year to €26/day per person (taking the recession into account :-) )
But do please note that the family discount should really show the reduction from the 3rd person. (Paul)



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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.

REGISTER EARLY! SPACE IS LIMITED!

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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What is ABSS I and II?

Details for the sessionsPosted by Scott Raab 11 Jan, 2014 11:20:17

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.)

Registration, Arrival...

No formal pre-registration or deposit is required, other than to let us know you plan to come. Please let us know (see address below) by the Sunday before ABSS begins

Also: if you indicated you would come and have had to change your plans, please let us know!!

For ABSS I, we encourage you to arrive Monday evening (from 18h00). We will have something to eat for those who haven't had a chance to eat along the way (around 19h30) followed by with a brief orientation to the week’s speakers and material.

For ABSS II, you can arrive any time Friday afternoon or evening. (We will have a brief orientation Friday evening for those who arrive before bedtime.)





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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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Talented?

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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A great investment!

CostPosted by Scott Raab 18 Jan, 2011 17:59:16
Naturally, these sessions are going to cost a little bit. As always, the monetary costs are kept to a minimum without cutting back on the value received.

Costs run €26 per day for an adult, which includes lodging and food.

This means that you pay €104 for Session I, €52 for Sessions II (weekend) or €156 for both sessions. There is also a one-time fee of €8 for linens, but you can save this fee by bringing your own bed linens (single-person beds).

Families will have a discount applied from the third person (±50%).

Please plan to pay in Euro's (no checks, US$ or other currency please). There are cash machines in Usingen (10 minutes away).

Costs cover breakfast, a warm meal at noon, and a sandwich meal in the evening. You are invited to bring along something typical from your country to go along with the sandwich meal, and/or cake and cookies to share at our coffee breaks.

These are the financial costs, but we realize that you also understand that a wise investement has its own returns. Come ready to invest some good time in the lessons, in conversations during the afternoons, in considering new or different thoughts, in examining the Bible to see if what is taught is truth and how it can positively influence your life and those you know.

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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Church information

LinksPosted by Scott Raab 06 Mar, 2008 15:40:45
Here are some links to church information in Europe. Keep in touch with one another!

The website for the German-speaking churches
(on this page you can also find links to churches around the world)

A directory of churches around the world
(in English and including information in other languages at the bottom)

Chretiens en Mission or "Christians on Mission" is an intensive summer course in Marseille
(with information in English as the last item on the right)

British Bible School seeks to train students in the word and ministry

Each January (Advanced Seminar) and Fall (Fall Conference) the church in Cologne organizes a seminar from the Ministry of Theological Education. The church in Cologne organizes these events.
(the last two items at the bottom of the page are links for downloads)

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