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)!

 


 

A Waste of Time

| 27 May 2019

A waste of time?  Two and a half hours we sat - stationary on the M62 at junction 10. I watched as a large incident vehicle, 2 fire engines, 3 ambulances and what I considered to be a disproportionately large number of marked and unmarked police vehicles noisily sped past us on the hard-shoulder. It didn’t take a member of MENSA to work-out that there had been an accident up ahead and the eastbound M62 had become no more than a four lane car park.  The longer I sat, the more irritated I became. “Why would God allow this to happen on today of all days?” I asked myself.

Wakey-Wakey…

| 13 May 2019

The ‘call to prayer’ resonated from the local mosque. It was 6.12pm on my watch as I watched with interest as the locals, without question, query or comment, unravelled their prayer-mats and, looking eastward, prostrated themselves. I was impressed by their devotion. Then the Spirit of God quietly whispered to me: Whilst the sailors called upon their gods, Jonah slept! The thought came like an arrow piercing my heart. The storm raged, it should have been Jonah praying, calling upon his God, but the man of God was asleep.

Look Beyond?

| 29 April 2019

"Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen." - Benjamin Disraeli

Five for 41

| 18 February 2019

Five for 41. The statistics were enough to secure me a standing ovation and a much-coveted place on the Lord’s honours board. The electronic scoreboard reflected the magnanimity of the victory as England clinched the deciding Test and, with it, the Ashes by an innings and 50 runs. My team-mates and I were near overwhelmed, barely holding back the tears of joy, as the ecstatic crowd enthusiastically hailed an unforgettably glorious and epoch-making occasion.  Everyone who loved me was there to witness my success. My father looked particularly proud, and why not!

Not of This World

| 4 February 2019

Recently, my wife Deb and I were enjoying a coffee in a quaint little coffee house in the picturesque market town of Abergavenny in Monmouthshire. As I was enjoying my hazelnut latte my eye was taken by a quotation by the English Romantic Poet, William Wordsworth, written on the wall adjacent to where we sat: “Life is divided into three terms - that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better in the future.” I found myself admiring The Great Poet’s words and giving mental ascent to their wisdom.

Heading For…?

| 21 January 2019

In 1977 Bonnie Tyler had a hit with her romantic love-song Lost in France. A short while ago I was lost, but it certainly was not in such an exotic location as France. I was lost in Abertillery! It doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it? My somewhat embarrassing predicament was not made any better by a very friendly and, I’m sure, well-meaning pedestrian whose directions, sadly, sent me up a very narrow blind alley. It was so frustrating! I sat in my car, a preaching dead-line looming, reflecting upon just how much blind alleys are such ugly monuments to somebody’s stupidity!

True Colours

| 7 January 2019

Light has come into the world...”  (John 3:19)
 

Full of Hope

| 10 December 2018

Like many, I enjoy the challenge of solving a riddle - though, I suspect, I am not too good at them! See how you fair with this one:

My first is in hidden but not found in seen. My second’s in coming but not there in been. My third’s in promise and also expectant. My last is in Easter as well as in Advent. My whole is a word that can mean many things; from confident trusting to wishful thinking.

The answer, of course, is hope.

Live and Learn

| 26 November 2018

Opposites attract, they say! Personal experience suggests that ‘they’, whoever ‘they’ are, have it right. For all intent and purpose, both casual and informed observers could have been forgiven for doubting the longevity potential of the blossoming romance between a young Scouser and an ever so slightly-younger Prescotian. The former, a sports-mad historian with an irrational obsession with ‘smelly old’ second-hand books. The latter, a level-headed mathematician with a natural flair for home making.

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