• A must read for preachers

    Tonight I am reminded that I live within meters of a goldmine. I am referring to our library here at IBTS. Reading the blogs of others, Simon Jones (Bromley) drew my attention to Frederick Buechner and his short book Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy and Fairy Tale. It is evocative, passionate and quite simply moving for those of us called out to the preaching of Christ’s Holy Gospel. It was added to our library in 1985, someone borrowed it in 1994, and then another person had a look in November 2008. This weekend I borrowed it, following the recommendation of Simon. Now, I am adding it to…

  • The Fun of Being a Minister

    Looking for a good place to eat in downtown Praha? Enjoy eating vegetarian meals? Ordained as a Baptist pastor/minister and able to prove it? If so, recent researches reveal “Clear Head” (Lehka Hlava) in Boršov is the place for you! Careful consultation of the small print of the Menu recently revealed that if you are an ordained clergyperson or an “enlightened person” then your food comes free! The Revd Dr Keith G Jones and the Revd docent Dr Parush R Parushev recently tested this out and found the claim is true! We got our main meals for free! The food was good, the ambience interesting, the service polite and friendly!…

  • Burma comes closer

    Burma is never far away from the world news – even with our ‘first world’s’ egecentrism, the constant and cruel violations of the human rights there by the country’s military junta bring it to our TV screens regularly enough. Just the other week, in the Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering, we were praying for the situation now that Aung San Suu Kyi, has been once again sentenced for house arrest in an attempt to trample her movement of peaceful resistance. But then a week or so ago, we’ve got a call – from the Czech Ministry of the Interior! (You can imagine various thoughts running through the Rector’s mind!) Pan…

  • August serenity

    It’s quiet here at IBTS! Well, most of the times – except when the fire alarm (gone mad, rather than announcing real fire, thank goodness) is yelling at 07.00 in the morning, or when maintenance is fixing something, or little Yulia is laughing in the courtyard… But overall, it is quiet and only a few souls around. This morning, eight of us broke bread and shared the wine, and were able to stand right around the table, almost touching its red tablecloth. I like these times. IBTS is not like this most of the time, but it’s one of those rare periods of building strength for the upcoming academic year.…

  • The truly amazing Dictionary

    EBF Amsterdam 400 saw the launch of the amazing Dictionary of European Baptist Life and Thought. This enterprise was commissioned by IBTS on behalf of the EBF over eight years ago and contains hundreds of entries from ABC-USA to Zwingli in a 540 page volume with over140 contributors from throughout Europe and the Middle East. A testimony from Dr Nigel G Wright, Principal of Spurgeon’s College – “I couldn’t put it down – no sooner had I read one article than a cross-reference drew me to another!” Positively recommended by leading Baptist scholars professors David Bebbington, Eric Geldbach, Richard V Pierard and by leading reformed church scholar Professor Alan P…

  • BWA goes Virginian

    The three key officers of the Baptist World Alliance for the next Quinquennium 2010-2015 all live in Virginia, USA. This might seem surprising for an organisation which has been making claims of becoming more international in recent years. The new President-elect is John Upton, Chief Executive of the Baptists in Virginia and a former missionary to Taiwan. John is a good friend of IBTS and has visited us on several occasions. The First Vice President-elect is Daniel Carro. Daniel is from Argentina and was at one time BWA Regional Secretary for Latin America, but in more recent years has lectured in Systematic Theology at the John Leland Centre in north…