The theme was ‘The Suffering of this Present Time.’ Kevin De Young set out the rational behind our suffering in the suffering of Christ and our identity with him. There was a mind blowing sermon focussing on the shame of the cross. Stuart Olyott took the pattern of ministerial suffering set by Paul in 2 Corinthians. This included some remarkable words of personal testimony which were both humourous and profound. Michael Reeves spoke on Puritan teaching concerning suffering and suffering in the life of Spurgeon. Alan Davey covered the cost of commitment on the mission field. Father and son-in-law Geof Thomas and Gary Brady provided the opening and closing sermons. At first glance the theme may have appeared gloomy but the speakers handled it with wisdom, warmth and scriptural integrity. It was a particularly affecting time of fellowship. Well done Banner!