Archive for October, 2015

First Manchester MA Graduate

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Kristina GraduationKristina Ece became the first student to graduate in our MA programme ‘Baptistic Histories and Theologies’ which we deliver as an approved partner of the University of Manchester. Her dissertation was:

‘THE LONG TERM FORMATIVE IMPACT OF YWAM LATVIA DTS UPON THE MISSION ACTIVITIES OF THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM’.

As a consequence it was quite fitting that we arranged for her graduation to take place among family and friends at the YWAM base in Valdemarpils, Latvia.

The evening began with worship and prayer at the usual Sunday night open meeting at the centre and then involved some explanation by me of what was going on in relation to the drama, theatre, and ceremony of it. This included publicly getting ready to conduct the more formal part of graduation.Getting ready for graduation

 

Congratulations to Kristina and to all the staff at IBTS Prague and IBTSC Amsterdam who taught, supervised, and supported her. IMG_0968

Nordenhaug at Herdenkingskerk

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Nodenhaug

Nodenhaug

 

As mentioned in other posts, on Monday 2nd November 2015 the Nordenhaug lectures will take place. Josef Nordenhaug was between 1950 and 1960 the inspirational President of the first incarnation of this institution then located in Rüschlikon, Switzerland. These lectures are delivered in his memory.

Last year we were delighted to receive this Photographic Biography of Josef Nordenhaug from his daughter Karin Nordenhaug Ciholas. For those interested in the history of European Baptist Church life and indeed the Rüschlikon Seminary this is a fascinating and informative book. Yesterday a former volunteer at  Rüschlikon visiting the IBTS Centre looked through the book with great interest.

This year the lectures to be delivered by Dr David P. Gushee will be delivered in the Herdenkingskerk, a church building a two minute walk from the IBTS Centre in Amsterdam.

Originally we had planned to hold the lectures at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam but for some practical reasons we moved them to the church building. As I reflect upon this I am pleased about the change for a couple of reasons.

The first is that the tradition of this institution considers that academic theology is ‘secondary theology’, and that it exists to serve the Christian community in its life, worship and witness (primary theology). Insofar as these lectures represent ‘academic theology’ I think that there is something symbolically significant about them taking place as it were in the home of some local congregations rather than the ‘academy’.

The second reason, however, is one that was a pleasant surprise to me. IMG_0002For as my friend, sitting in our library, looked through the Nordenhaug book, she said: ‘Is that not the church along the road?’ So indeed on page 212 there is a picture of the opening of the Herdenkingskerk opened in 1964 – presumably an event at which Josef was present. I love the moments of connection, a former volunteer (originally from America now in Canada)  reading about a former President of Rüschlikon (a Norwegian) notices that a church building in Amsterdam is in the photographic biography of that President just a week before the lectures held in his honour and the tradition he represents are about to take place in that building! I have to say, it made me smile.

Update

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Attached are the full details of the forthcoming Nordenhaug lectures. Please note times and change of venue.

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Monday 2nd November 2015

in

Herdenkingskerk op de Postjesweg 150 (hoek Jan Tooropstraat), 1061 AX Amsterdam.

(A one minute walk from Postjesweg Metro Station)

Lectures:

10.00 am ‘Sacredness and Christian Scripture’

11.30 am ‘Sacredness and Christian tradition’

2.00pm ‘Sacredness and contemporary application’

(Attendance is free and each lecture will be followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion)

If you plan to attend while not necessary it would be helpful if you have not already done so to contact blythe@ibts.eu in order to help with providing tea/coffee.

IBTSC is is a collaborative centre within the Faculty of Theology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam & an approved partner of the University of Manchester