Welcome to 'abss'

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.

More info soon. This for now.

NewsPosted by Paul Brazle 08 Jan, 2019 11:12:06

We are trying to get together the added details to complete our info and registration pakket for ABSS 2019.

If you want to be sure you get that, or if you know you want to plan to come in any case, just send us a note:

@ abss.gemunden@gmail.com

We can tell you:
- costs will be similar to last time (pp/pd - 27eur, so 108 for ABSS I, 54 for ABSS II)
- our program will be offering a couple of special new features this time
- Stephanie (of Chez Stephanie -- Lausanne) is comin gback to cook!

Please tell us:
- if you are coming for ABSS I or ABSS II or BOTH!


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ABSS 2019 flyer

NewsPosted by Paul Brazle 30 Nov, 2018 00:22:07

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NewsPosted by Paul Brazle 28 Nov, 2018 01:38:24


We are needing to post the new info for ABSS 2019....


Dates are (true to tradition) the 3rd full week of February.... (Monday 18 FEB)

So ABSS I starts on Tue AM (19th) and

ABSS II starts on Friday PM (22nd)...

More soon, but email if you want receive the details when they are available.


see you there! Paul B

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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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Costs for 2016

CostPosted by Paul Brazle 07 Dec, 2015 09:46:52
Just a quick note here that we are setting the fee this year at €28 per day (ABSS 2016).

This covers room and board and leaves us something to use for Admin.
So ABSS I (if you are there 4 nights) will run €112 per person
and ABSS II (Fri & Sat nights) is €56.

Some family discounts can apply from a 3rd person and be reminded that 'schaolarships' are available.

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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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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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