• IBTS in the Netherlands

    It’s been a busy time for the summer remnant of IBTS! Probably most of the readers of this blog have guessed the reason: we’ve been celebrating the 400th anniversary of the founding of the first Baptist church at Amsterdam400. It has been a marvelous time – nearly 900 sisters and brothers from Europe and other parts of the world convening at the RAI centre and sharing the joy and the lessons of the past 400 years. There was a spirit of reflective festivity but without pompousness – at least this is how it seemed to me. For IBTS folk, it was also the time of meeting lots of different people…

  • Protestants Anonymous

    At the 13th CEC Assembly it was decided that on Friday we should consume our lunch-in-a-bag in “confessional groups”. It was declared only three such groups would be allowed – Anglicans and Old Catholics; Orthodox and Protestant. I duly joined several hundred others in the “Protestant” meeting presided over by Bishop Tomas Wipf (Switzerland), President of CPCE (the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe), so immediately we Baptists didn’t feel at home as CPCE declined to have us associated with them some time ago. Then the meeting was run more like an audience with the Pope, with Bishop Wipf doing most of the talking and setting his own agenda. Over…

  • IBTS Alumnus comes third in Europe-wide ecumenical essay event

    The room of four hundred delegates and observers at the 13th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches went hushed and silent as Dr Alison Elliott (Church of Scotland) Moderator of the13th Assembly prepared to announce the results of the essay competition for young European Christians on the Assembly theme of “Hope”. In third place was IBTS Alumnus Joshua Searle, now doing doctoral work at Trinity College, Dublin.  The winner a young woman pastor from the French Reformed Church. So the news of the three top places was received with applause by the Metropolitans, Emminences, Right Revds, Professors, Doctors of Divinity, Magisters and all of the Orthodox churches of Europe,…

  • Baptist Caucus meets at CEC

    The 13th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) is meeting in the historic city of Lyon in France. Four hundred and fifty Christians from all sorts of persuasions, excluding the Catholics, are gathered under the theme of “hope”. Various pressure-groups want to meet in the framework of CEC. The Orthodox have asked for a meeting, the German Lutherans are pressing for a complete restructuring of CEC, and what are the small community of Baptists supposed to do ? Well, at least we managed a lunchtime meeting – Germans, Georgians, Italians, Danes, Brits and the EBF. For many years, going back to the 11th Assembly in Graz in 1997,…

  • Toilet signs

    Whilst enjoying a couple of lovely Prague cafes this weekend with a friend, we noticed how fun toilet/batroom/WC signs can be here: Hmm – this gives me various ideas about revising our own signs on campus!  – Lina cheapest xanax pills Fedex Zolpidem ativan lorazepam buy cheap ativan online lorazepam on line fedex Buy Xanax No Prescription ambien cr buy fed ex delivery buy alprazolam from mexico Lowest Price Ambien cheap generic overseas ativan cheap ambien without prescription Ambien Blue Pill “buy diazepam saturday delivery” buy valium madre natura Valium Without A Prescription Order Online ativan for sale cheap diazepam? Generic Xanax Best Prices Xanax generic price xanax generic online…

  • Blogging from the CBF Assembly

    It’s hot in Houston! Nevertheless I need my sweater on as I am living in the air conditioned world of the George R Brown Convention Centre, sitting at a booth promoting IBTS to the attenders at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Assembly. As usual many excellent friends of IBTS come round to say “hello – glad you are here”, then there are inquisitive seminarians enquiring about IBTS as a place of post-graduate study and, indeed, two folks whom we have signed up as students and who will join us in August. It’s interesting to sit-in on the affairs of another Baptist group in which one carries no direct responsibility. Like everyone…

  • Great news!

    Every five years IBTS undergoes a major review by our validating body, the University of Wales. This past week our External Examiners and the Quinquennial Review Team gave us a thorough going over – what about our resources – classrooms, computers, library, meeting rooms and all the physical attributes of the institution? Then a careful scrutiny of the academic performance – degree programmes, student results, staff development, future plans. We were interviewed and examined in every possible way!  At the end of the whole progress Parush, our Academic Dean, and myself were called back into the presence of the Review Panel to hear a summary of what would be in…