Author Archives: jonstannard

Baptist Assembly: Musings from an Ex Main Arena Director

Baptist Assembly…musings from an Ex-Main Arena Director This past weekend I ‘retired’ from my role as part of the production team at the Baptist Assembly. I attended my first Assembly in 1992 as a student Minister and believe I haven’t … Continue reading

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“This ‘sinn(g)ing thing” (questions, musings about SINGING in church)

For the last year or so I have visited many many churches, generally to preach, and sometimes to lead the service too. After 20 years of leadership in the local church it’s been a thoroughly interesting and stimulating time to … Continue reading

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Baptist Futures: changing days

A good friend drew my attention to Acts 10 again recently. It’s a passage I’ve looked at before and in one sense there were no surprises at all. Yet, what struck me more than ever this time is the massive … Continue reading

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Courage or comfort

I was recently taking a church weekend in Sussex. A series of teaching sessions about what it is to be a disciple and be the church in today’s culture. It was a fruitful weekend with lots of positive engagement and … Continue reading

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Another race to swim

My ‘friend’ was having a particularly rough time. He’d given up on much of what had been his life. He’d let people down, and felt badly beaten up by it all. There were many thoughts of running away, disappearing, even … Continue reading

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Assembly 2012 musings

It was nostalgic being back at Central Hall for the 2012 Baptist Assembly, as I think my first ever Assembly was there in the early 90’s as a college student, though I did perform a drama sketch at an Assembly … Continue reading

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“Keep going”

In 2001 I ran the London Marathon. I trained pretty well but didn’t put in the longer distances needed to keep a steady pace. Two hours in, I had completed 13 miles and was feeling pretty good. I crossed Tower … Continue reading

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