• Conference at the St Petersburg Christian University

    Toivo Pilli, IBTSC director of Baptist and Anabaptist studies, participated at the conference ‘The Identity of the People of God in the Bible, History and Theology’ in St Petersburg. The conference took place in April this year and was organised by St Petersburg Christian University. Valeriy Alikin, Rector of the University, said in his opening address: ‘Identity is a popular topic, it is “on the top of the wave”.  People try to understand themselves and they ask who they are.’ About 35-40 participants gathered around the topic of religious identity which was explored from different angles. Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, discussed Paul’s theological roots and identity…

  • David McMillan successfully defends his doctoral thesis

    A note from Mike Pears: I am sure that you will want to join me in congratulating Dr David McMillan on successfully defending his doctoral thesis on Tuesday 11 June at VU Amsterdam. David did outstandingly well receiving his doctorate cum Laude. The McMillan family, IBTSC staff and David’s supervisors had a great time celebrating the awarding of this very significant and well deserved distinction. David has played a key role in enabling the move of IBTSC from Prague to Amsterdam and the considerable investment of time and effort had involved a delay in completion of his thesis. This milestone therefore comes not only with our congratulations but also with…

  • IBTS Centre Seeking To Appoint New Staff Member

    Appointment of Director for Learning and Deputy to the Director of the International Baptist Theological Study Centre Amsterdam   Job title:          Director of Learning and Deputy to the Director of the International Baptist Theological Study Centre Amsterdam Location:         The Baptist House, Postjesweg 150, 1061 AX Amsterdam.   IBTS Centre Amsterdam is a growing research community specialising in providing opportunity and resources for researchers pursuing PhD studies in the areas of Anabaptist/Baptist histories and theologies, Missiology and Practical Theology – Identity, Mission and Practice.  A key part of our mission is to help train leaders and conduct research that can aid the Christian church in its mission and ministry in…

  • Colloquium 2019

     Colloquium 2019 – motivating, supportive and friendly; table conversations were a good innovation; overall atmosphere was great; level of interaction was really encouraging; Kang San Tan was a really entertaining and incisive after dinner speaker… and so it goes on!  You could fill a blog post with student and supervisor feedback on the colloquium but here’s the story in a nutshell. With 30 researchers, more than a dozen supervisors plus academic visitors, mission personnel, other visitors and staff present, Baptist House was a hothouse of discussion, debate and activity for six days from Monday 21 to Saturday 26 January. Using an experimental programme format it was possible to facilitate the…

  • IBTSC Hughey Lectures 2019

     On 23 January 2019, the Baptist House (IBTSC Amsterdam) hosts the next series of Hughey Lectures. The lectures ‘Discerning the Mind of Christ’ will be delivered by Dr Kenneth Roxburgh (Samford University). The first lecture (at 14.00) focuses on the Southern culture in North America and the church life, seeking to follow Christ, in the 20th and 21st centuries. The second lecture (at 15.45) takes a narrower topic as its focus, exploring the ‘practice of discernment’ in a local church – Southside Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama. Dr Ken Roxburgh has earned PhD from Edinburgh University, and has been teaching in Scottish Baptist College in Glasgow, and now Samford University. He…

  • Further PhD success in Amsterdam and Ukraine

    On Monday 5th November Grant Porter successfully defended his PhD thesis on Church Planting Practices among Muslim and Druze Communities in the Near East. Grant is the fourth IBTS Centre researcher to graduate in 2018 bringing the total of successful candidates to eleven since our relationship with the Vrije Universiteit was established and we relocated to the Netherlands in 2014.  Grant is pictured below with family members following his defense. In September two other researchers from IBTS Centre, Alex To (Canada) and Henrikas Zukauskas (Lithuania) also successfully defended their PhD theses.  Alex’s dissertation charted the life and influence of Lam Chi-fung’s in shaping Hong Kong Baptist Life between 1950 and…