• Moles and Research Students

    It’s really busy here!! Research Colloquium is taking place, and the next week sees the beginning of our February Intensives for the masters level students. It may be a bit overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time and it takes you five minutes during our usual 10.30 Coffee time to swim through the Guest Lounge towards Yulia and Zhenya to get your drink. But it is wonderful to sense all these energies directed to various research fields, to see all the faces of the friends and to hear the updates of what is happening in various parts of the world from which our students and supervisors come. And just to enjoy the fun of…

  • Meditation from Spurgeon for a Eucharist at IBTS

    Recently Keith Jones noted in this blog the suggestion that there might be a dialogue – campaign? – to change the attitudes of truly baptistic churches about the Eucharist and his own resolution for 2009 – to engage in that dialogue via the means of this blog and to make it a theme in the theological forum at Amsterdam 400. I have what might be a rather heavy contribution to this – but not too heavy for our discerning IBTS community bloggers, I’m sure. It is a meditation I gave some time ago at an IBTS Eucharist. In this celebration of the Eucharist [I said] I want to use, for…

  • Closing a bank account – possibly!

    New day – old bank. The quest to make new Banking arrangements continues for our Šárka Valley Community Church. Hopefully making real progress to open a new account, we decide the time has come to close the old account with ČSOB – my personal motto for them is “the bank that likes to say no.”  We fully understand closing an account with them can be difficult. Former colleagues who spent time at IBTS years ago had accounts with them and when they returned to their homes in other countries, despite having gone into the bank and signed forms to close the account, statements continue arriving, wracking up the monthly charge…

  • Opening a bank account – possibly!

    Our local church, Šárka Valley Community Church (Baptist) (SVCC) has decided to open a new bank account. Our current state-owned bank is proving rather expensive in looking after our money. Only a limited number of Czech Banks offer accounts for churches, but the Czech Post office seemed to offer a good deal on internet banking according to their adverts so SVCC officers, Petra and Keith, went to the main office in Prague 6 to open an account armed with our Certificate as a Church from the Ministry of Culture, our Finance Ministry IČO number and many other records.

  • Back at IBTS

    The academic year has resumed! Everybody’s back and studying hard (so we hope). Here’s a piece from Olha, one of the CAT students from Ukraine, reflecting on her time home for Christmas vacation and returning back to IBTS and Building G where the CATs reside. 11th of January, 06.00 in G building. I hear a loud noise. “We are the champions!” That’s the boys singing, or rather, screaming. They have just arrived. CATs are gathering after their Christmas vacation… During my Christmas holidays in Ukraine, I have been asked a lot of questions about my study at IBTS, such as, “Are you going to be a pastor? No? So, why do…

  • The New Good Soldier Švejk

    So, Prague’s become an honorary capital of Europe for the period the EU presidency! The Prime Minister is already boasting of his success in negotiating gas supply for Europe over the weekend (so we continue to be warm, and hope you are warm too. Better not think of what it’ll cost though!). One just wonders how this EU presidency will continue. The other day, the Financial Times’s Tony Barber had an interesting observation regarding another key person in Czech life – not the Prime Minister, but the famous President of the country, who upon having to welcome the European Commission into Prague clearly showed his disdain towards the whole thing, and did his best to insult…

  • Carol for today

    As the church celebrates the Epiphany (or the “Day of Three Kings” as it is known in some countries, including the Czech Republic) according to the Gregorian calendar, here’s another version of the carol of the  Three Kings of Orient: We are freaks who follow the stars, Pleiades, Neptune, Venus and Mars; Men and women, dressed in linen, Peddling our lucky charms… O  

  • The Czech Presidency of the European Union

    As the clock struck midnight on 31 December the Presidency of the European Union rotated from the French Government to the Czech Government. Now, for six months, Prague holds the limelight in EU affairs. There could not be a bigger contrast in attitudes to Europe than between the head of State in France, Nicolas Sarkozy and the very Euro-sceptic Czech President, Vaclav Klaus. Klaus has already made clear the EU flag will not fly over Prague Hrad and the Czech Prime Minister and his colleagues will no doubt do all they can to keep President Klaus out of the European agenda and limelight in an effort not to be embarrassed.…