Inside Out

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

The story is told of the famous Italian violinist Paganini, who one evening stepped out onto the stage of a packed concert hall, only to notice that there was something wrong with his violin.  Excusing himself for a moment he stepped back behind the curtain to discover that his most precious violin had been stolen and replaced with one of … Read More

Sixty Second Gospel Mark 6:7-16

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

7-8 Jesus called the Twelve to him, and sent them out in pairs. He gave them authority and power to deal with the evil opposition. He sent them off with these instructions:   8-9 “Don’t think you need a lot of extra equipment for this. You are the equipment. No special appeals for funds. Keep it simple.   10 “And no luxury inns. … Read More

Welcome to Business Class

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

It was with some amazement that I walked through the doors of the Business Class lounge at Istanbul Airport.  This was a world I had never before entered, and I was only doing so on this occasion because someone else had paid for my ticket.  It was a place of abundant luxury with a never-ending supply and variety of free … Read More

i360

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Opened on the 4th August 2016 and rising some 500 feet into the sky, the i360 is the latest tourist attraction to grace the seafront of Brighton and Hove.  The viewing pod, which can hold up to 200 people, rises over 400 feet giving visitors breath-taking views of the city, and the Sussex coast.  Sadly for some of the first … Read More

Ben S

Simon AllabyTestimonies

My childhood was tumultuous.  I did not meet my parents until I was 8 1/2 years old, and when I did reunite with them as total strangers, my dad turned out to be emotionally abusive.  I had first encountered God when my parents, who were not Christian, sent me to Lutheran school starting in 6th grade, but I started walking … Read More

Sixty Second Gospel Mark 6:1-6

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

6 1-2 He left there and returned to his hometown. His disciples came along. On the Sabbath, he gave a lecture in the meeting place. He made a real hit, impressing everyone. “We had no idea he was this good!” they said. “How did he get so wise all of a sudden, get such ability?”   3 But in the next breath they … Read More

Windows to the Soul

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In 1997 the American psychologist Arthur Aron conducted an experiment to see whether intimacy between two complete strangers could be accelerated.  The study involved them asking each other a series of 36 increasingly personal questions.  They were then asked to stare into each other’s eyes for four minutes.  Six months later one of the pairs were married, with the other … Read More

Ben Hur

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In 1876 Major General Lew Wallace was riding the train to Indianapolis, when he met and fell into conversation with a fellow officer from the recent American Civil War, Colonel Robert Ingersoll.  Ingersoll was by this time one of the foremost orators of his day, and for the next two hours he used all his skills to attack and demolish … Read More

Sixty Second Gospel Mark 5:35-43

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

35 While he was still talking, some people came from the leader’s house and told him, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher anymore?”   36 Jesus overheard what they were talking about and said to the leader, “Don’t listen to them; just trust me.”   37-40 He permitted no one to go in with him except Peter, James, and John. They … Read More

What Lies Beneath

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Boring, austere, old-fashioned and out of touch.  These are possibly the words that spring to mind for many when they think of Queen Victoria.  They are also the words that spring to mind for many when they hear the word ‘church’.  Further investigation, however, reveals something rather different.   In a letter Victoria wrote of her wedding night, “It was … Read More