• Ray Hobbs, 1942-2020

    Trevor Raymond Hobbs, professor of Old Testament at IBTS 1996-1998, died on Friday 8 November 2020 at the age of 78. Ray had Welsh roots being born in 1942 in Pontypridd, South Wales. He received his education at the University of London (B.D., Ph.D.), the University of Zurich and the Baptist Theological Seminary, Rüschlikon, Switzerland (M.Th.). In 1969, he moved to Hamilton, Canada to teach at McMaster Divinity College and McMaster University, later becoming Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Interpretation. When the International Baptist Theological Seminary (IBTS) relocated from Rüschlikon to Prague in the Czech Republic in 1995, Ray became a professor of the Old Testament the following year.…

  • Inhabiting the City

    Dear friends The McClendon Chair for Baptistic and Evangelical Theologies and the International Baptist Theological Study Centre warmly invite you to join a conversation on Inhabiting the City, which will b3 held on November 13, 2020.  Keynote speaker Ryan Andrew Newson will introduce the topic and invite us to reflect on what it means to live as followers of Jesus Christ in contemporary, plural urban societies. In an interactive online programme of about 2.5 hours, the theme will be discussed, among students, academics, pastors and anyone interested to join.  The event will be organised in partnership with the Scottish Baptist College and Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary.  We hope for a…

  • Prayer for Lebanon

    Dear friends and colleagues   In the midst of the summer season when many of us are taking summer leave we have been confronted by the heartbreaking news of the explosion in Beirut. Added to the already critical situation – including the COVID 19 pandemic and currency collapse – this adds a seemingly unbearable burden for the people of Lebanon. We at IBTSC have close relationships with ABTS and LESD  in Beirut; Elie Haddad and Caleb Hutcherson are current PhD research students at IBTSC, we have a few prospective students, as well as past students from Beirut. Another research student Scott Gustafson and the organisation he works for, Purpose Global,…

  • Reflection on the CEBTS online gathering – COVID-19 impact on theological education

    On July 9 another CEBTS meeting occurred. Due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19 pandemic this forum was arranged online, thus complying with the conditions of the time. Nevertheless, it was great to meet many friends and see some new faces. Quite predictably the meeting was devoted to the subject of COVID-19 impact on theological education. Two excellent presentations by Einike Pili and Michael Rhode approached the subject from different angles. Einike presented an educational perspective while Michael provided an overview and suggestions for theological response to the pandemic. Both speakers shared good and deep insights which also resonated with what theological institutions and churches have experienced in Ukraine. In…

  • Reflection on Church and State relations

      The recent issue of the Journal of European Baptist Studies (no 1, 2020) explores Church and State relations from a Baptist perspective. ‘How should a Christian live in the existing political realities?’ has accompanied the Baptist story from the beginning, although it is a question for all Christians and can be traced back to New Testament times.   The volume includes nine articles which discuss aspects of religious freedom and human rights, ponders – the sometimes complicated – practice of the separation of church and state, and investigates binaries, such as nationalist ideologies and the biblical narrative, state pressure and Christian engagement in civil society, the gathered church and…

  • International Conference 2021

    The International Baptist Theological Study Centre extends an invitation to a conference ‘Dimensions of Baptist Identity: Past and Present’. The conference will take place 22-24 April 2021 in Amsterdam, and will explore the topic of Baptist – or baptistic – identity from different perspectives. Identity is a dynamic phenomenon expressed in spirituality, theology, and practice. It includes aspects of communication and use of language.   Both the constants and variables of identity will be discussed at the conference. What are Baptist identity markers and how have these been perceived, interpreted, developed, and lived out in different cultural settings? Papers from both historical and present-day perspectives are welcome, as well as…

  • IBTSC new doctoral-student intake for 2021

        IBTSC new doctoral-student intake for 2021 Many are wondering about how Corona-measures will affect higher education in the coming academic year. At IBTSC the main message we want to communicate is that we remain open to new applications for the PhD programme which starts in January 2021. The IBTSC doctoral programme is mainly delivered online so we have been able to adapt quickly to the Corona-virus situation. Universities here in the Netherlands are working with the campaign title ‘On Campus if we can, online because we can’ and this certainly reflects our own approach. Our academic work is not in lockdown and teaching and research continues mainly uninterrupted.…

  • McClendon Lectures 2020

      On November 13th, 2020 the second McClendon lecture will be held. Key note speaker is Ryan Andrew Newson, theologian and ethicist from Campbell University and co-editor of the Collected works of James Wm. McClendon. The theme of the lecture will be Inhabiting the City: Envisioning Baptist Ways of Doing Theology in a Pluralist Urban World. The McClendon Lecture is an academic lecture on a topic close to the mind-set of Jim McClendon, in critical conversation with keen experts and the audience. The lecture is organised by the McClendon Chair for Baptistic and Evangelical Theology. In 2018, Reggie Williams was the first to hold the lectures on the theme of Lived Leadership:…