• 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…

  • Change of arrangements for Nordenhaug Lecture.

    Please note change of arrangements for Nordenhaug Lecture. We are delighted that Dr Reggie Williams will deliver the Nordenhaug lectures on 19th November at the Baptist House, Amsterdam. Dr Williams will deliver a lecture on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, exploring Bonhoeffer’s development from a proto-nationalist to Nazi opponent. Dr Williams lecture will speak to Christian leadership and responses in the context of resurgent European nationalisms. There is no charge for attendance at the lectures which will run from 10:30-11:30 with discussion from 11:30-12:00 (Amsterdam time). From 13:30 on the same day Dr Willams will be the keynote speaker for the McClendon Lecture and will be joined by Professors Nancey Murhpy and Henk Bakker as respondents. In this lecture…

  • We are delighted that Dr Reggie Williams will deliver the Nordenhaug lectures on 20th November at the Baptist House, Amsterdam. Dr Williams will deliver two lectures on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, exploring Bonhoeffer’s development from a proto-nationalist to Nazi opponent. The first lecture will provide an overview of Bonhoeffer’s theological anthropology in contrast to Nazi idealism.  The second lecture will focus on the development of Bonhoeffer’s thinking during his stay in in Harlem, 1930-31. This series of lectures will speak to Christian leadership and responses in the context of resurgent European nationalisms. There is no charge for attendance at the lectures which will run from 10:00-10:45 and 11:30-12:15 (Amsterdam time) on Tuesday…

  • Nordenhaug Lectures November 2018

    Please note change of arrangements for Nordenhaug Lecture. We are delighted that Dr Reggie Williams will deliver the Nordenhaug lectures on 19th November at the Baptist House, Amsterdam. Dr Williams will deliver a lecture on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, exploring Bonhoeffer’s development from a proto-nationalist to Nazi opponent. Dr Williams lecture will speak to Christian leadership and responses in the context of resurgent European nationalisms. There is no charge for attendance at the lectures which will run from 10:30-11:30 with discussion from 11:30-12:00 (Amsterdam time). From 13:30 on the same day Dr Willams will be the keynote speaker for the McClendon Lecture and will be joined by Professors Nancey Murhpy and Henk Bakker as respondents. In this lecture…

  • He’s Here!

    We are pleased to announce that the new IBTSC Director Dr Mike Pears took up his post at the beginning of August. Mike and his wife Helen arrived in Amsterdam at the end of July. They are settling well into their temporary home at the Baptist House and getting acquainted with life and work here in the Netherlands. Staff have already been meeting to make plans for the year ahead, as well as to discuss strategy for the longer-term future. Mike’s conviction is that IBTSC is strategically situated, both culturally and geographically, to encourage research and learning of baptistic theology and spirituality across Europe, the Middle East and further afield.…

  • Minecrafters, mapmakers and educated people: European Baptist teachers discuss trends in theological education in Europe

    “What should theological education be like? How does theological education for the 21st century work successfully?” Under these questions, 20 teachers from 11 different European countries and 13 different baptist schools met from 27th to 30th June in the Donauhof of the project church in Vienna. The Consortium of European Baptist Theological Schools (CEBTS) invited participants to give keynote addresses and discuss trends and perspectives in theological education. Daniel Drost told how the Dutch Baptist Seminary (Netherlands) considered what a 2025 graduate should be able to do. They identified three basic tasks: prayer, explaining the Scriptures and giving spiritual direction. Therefore, the Dutch see the core tasks as: Following, Understanding…