Archive for September, 2010

Our plans for a book of Baptist Biographies

Friday, September 24th, 2010

As if we hadn’t punished ourselves in working on the Dictionary of European Baptist Life and Thought, which was published by Paternoster in 2009 and has been widely acclaimed, John Briggs, who chaired the editorial group for the Dictionary is now spear-heading a plan to produce a book of Biographies of those who have played a significant advance in Baptist work in Europe and the Middle East. The initial list of names submitted by Unions was unbalanced with far too many entries from Germany and Great Britain and many more men than women. However, we presented the project to the EBF Council in Italy recently and there was much enthusiasm and a fresh flow of names which will make the book much more comprehensive.

Plans are to agree authors by November, get the articles by the spring of 2011, edit during the following twelve months and publish the book for the EBF Council in September 2012.

Watch this space for more news!

– Keith

Bye bye summer (proper)

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

These last few days have been cold – so although today there have been some moments of sunshine, and although hopefully there will be an indian summer coming at some point, there are reminders that summer is over.

Denis, our CAT student from Ukraine, has been taking pictures of the campus when it still felt very much like summer. You may want to look at them and at least imagine the warmth! (If you come from a climate similar to Prague’s, that is!)

Professor Nancey Murphy signs her books

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Professor Nancey Murphy, the distinguished Baptist philosopher and theologian, has been lecturing postgraduate students at the International Baptist Theological Seminary (IBTS) this week and during her stay on campus took part in a special book signing event in the IBTS library.

Professor Murphy, who is on the staff of the famous Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, is also a Research Professor at IBTS lecturing doctoral students and supervising some working on their theses. Present for the IBTS Intensive weeks, Professor Murphy took time out from her busy schedule to autograph well over a dozen books she has authored or co-authored which are in the IBTS library.

Professor Murphy regularly participates in the IBTS academic programme for at least one major occasion each year.

– Keith

Libuše

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Libuše is an opera by Bedřich Smetana (1824 – 1884) intended for the big stage and the classic moment of national drama. It isn’t performed often because of the complexities of staging it. It was his fourth and most ambitious opera composed in 1872, though it was not premiered until the first opening of the National Theatre in 1881. Last Saturday our municipality, celebrating 90 years of existence, had it staged by the Czech National Opera and orchestra on the hillside of our gorgeous Šárka Valley.

Many years ago in the first republic T G Masaryk, the first President, and others liked the idea of staging classic Czech operas by Dvořak and Smetana in this idyllic and historic national park.  A few years ago our Prague 6 Mayor revived the custom and it is great fun!

Thousands of people sat amidst the trees eating their sausage and potato pancakes and drinking their Czech beer as this nationalistic opera unfolded. It’s a three act opera and not everyone survived to the third act  However it was worth the wait to see a double wedding and Queen Libuše prophecy various future events of Czech history including the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and the blind Hussite General Jan Žižka enter on his fine stallion.

The powerful voice of Eva Urbanová as Libuše seemed to reverberate around the valley as she sang the prophecy which is the closing climax of this opera. Truly a musical festival for all – and it was free courtesy of our municipality!

– Keith