Doug Atherton

Doug Atherton

Doug AthertonDoug is from Liverpool and is married to Deb. They have two grown-up daughters, Tina and Ruth, and a granddaughter, Willow Grace. Doug trained for the ministry at The Faith Mission (Edinburgh) and the Emmanuel Bible College (Birkenhead). He later conducted under-graduate studies in Theology and History at University College, Chester and post-graduate studies in Pastoral Theology at Cardiff University. He has served with OMS(UK) and engaged in pastoral ministry for over 20 years, initially with the Free Methodist Church before securing credentials with the Baptist Union of Great Britain. He is currently serving as a mission-worker with the South Wales Baptist Association endeavouring to establish a new work for the Lord in the Lower Cynon Valley. He enjoys playing the guitar, reading and tries his best to keep-fit with the occasional work-out (‘trying’ the operative word)!

 


 

Forever Blowing Bubbles

| 17 September 2018

“Pastor, is it wrong to dream dreams?” I hesitated before articulating a meaningful answer. My response was on the back of a sermon that I had just preached on self-denial. However, I was also reminded of the words of the prophet Joel: “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” (Joel 2:28) I suspect my reply to the young enquirer surprised him: “Whatever happens, keep blowing bubbles!”   

In Good Company

| 3 September 2018

Christians are considered by many to be absolutely crazy - and let’s face it, with good reason.  A.W. Tozer notes in his book The Root of the Righteous: “A real Christian is an odd number anyway.  He feels supreme love for one whom he has never seen, talks familiarly every day to someone he cannot see, expects to go to heaven on the virtue of another, empties himself in order to be full, admits he is wrong so that he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels worst.

In Ruins?

| 11 July 2018

“... the altar of the Lord ... was in ruins,” (1 Kings 18:30)

The altar, of course, speaks of sacrifice, of self-denial. Contextually, God’s people, of the northern kingdom of Israel, had abandoned the worship of Yahweh, their God, and ‘indulged themselves’ in hedonistically inclined idolatry with the prophets of Baal and Asherah. The situation was desperate! The need of the hour was for a manifestation of a God who answered by fire.

God is in Control

| 18 May 2018

In my younger, fitter days, a particularly favourite jogging route of mine would take me along Shirley Road and past the St. Helens depot for hauliers Sutton's Transport. The clock tower overseeing the main gate at ‘Suttons’ once stood on the estate of racing driving Sir John Whitmore and was rebuilt at the St. Helens site by the late Alf Sutton. Now a well-known local landmark, the clock tower’s annotation reads: “Time and tide waiteth for no man.” It is said that this prophetic 14th century proverb was chosen by Alf to, “prod any slackers!” Whether that is true or not, I cannot say.

Casual Christianity

| 30 April 2018

“Casual with holy things!”  This expression has wedged itself in my conscience since uttered by Dr. John Oswalt during OMS’ 110th Anniversary Reunion Meetings at Southport Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, Indiana in June 2011.  The Reunion was a time of much blessing.  Equally, God spoke words of challenge and chastisement into my heart. Dr. Oswalt, a visiting distinguished professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, spoke about Biblical holiness.

The Middle Lane

| 16 March 2018

“Don’t hog the middle lane!” This was the instruction that greeted motorists who travelled south on the M56 out of Manchester the week before last. I found myself giving mental assent. It’s probably one the most infuriating occurrences when a ‘middle lane hogger’ dilly dallies down the middle lane of a motorway with, it seems, complete disregard for their surroundings or the rules of the Highway Code. But why do people do it?

The FTSE 100

| 8 February 2018

My optician tells me I suffer from progressive myopia. In layman’s terms, I am short sighted!  I find the use of the word ‘suffer’ somewhat misleading, though, as my ‘condition’ is fully rectified by the use of corrective lenses.  However, sufferers of spiritual myopia are, potentially, in a very precarious place! They live in a world of the ‘now’, the world of immediate gratification.  In contrast, Christians are to be people who take a long-term view for, in the words of the Apostle Paul, “… we will reap a harvest if we do not give up,” (Galatians 6:9).

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