I do try not to flood this blog with too many personal anecdotes and have certainly never published my full testimony. But I came across a clip on a sermon video of Ern Baxter's that I thought would be amusing to publish. Ern was always present in my life when I was growing up in my home church - New Covenant Church in Dunstable. His visits were always anticipated whenever he came to a church Bible Week or to visit our church itself. I am told that I humiliated my parents when they were honoured to have Ern and Ruth Baxter come for dinner once. Apparantly I was in bed ill and was told by my older sister to come down and say hello to Dr and Mrs Baxter. I sent the message back with her saying; "Let them come up to see me".
Fortunately Ern Baxter found this highly amusing and called me; "Lord Bangham the Aristocrat" - a nickname that stuck on his subsequent visits. Unfortunately during his final sermon of his visit in 1991, I was 10 years old and finding his sermon (which had already stretched over an hour) a little too long! So I was looking out the window of the church into the car park watching some youths playing. Alas - it did not go unnoticed from the pulpit!
Here's the clip of what happened:
It was only later after I was baptised in the Holy Spirit that I began to fully appreciate Ern Baxter's awesome gift of teaching and have never looked back since!