• Impressions from a stay at IBTS

    As many of you know, one of the possibilities IBTS offers is sabbatical stays for pastors, teachers, and anybody else needing refreshment and stimulation. Our most recent friend to make use of the sabbatical programme was Antonio Pires from Portugal. Whilst here, Antonio kept a blog (in Portugese) where he shared his journey with his congregation back at home. But he’s also written something in English for us all to enjoy. Safe travels, Antonio – and do come visit us again! In September 2002, during the EBF Council in Oslo, I sat on a bus, and the fellow Baptist beside me was my first personal contact with IBTS-Prague. Like an AK-47…

  • Leadership's Legacy

    I’ve enjoyed flipping through a recent book of Ruth A Tucker on Leadership Reconsidered. Offering quick reviews of the most fashionable leadership theories out there, she turns her attention to the idea of legacy as a more useful term to consider. The book is somewhat bitty but an easy and enjoyable read. I wish its cover would actually have a picture Tucker mentions in the book – James Ensor’s Christ’s Entry Into Brussels (1888). Ensor’s piece has quite a lot to say both about the topic of leadership and the world around us (which it would seem hasn’t changed much since Ensor’s time). Here it is – hope you will enjoy…

  • Good King Wenceslas

    The patron saint of the Czech Republic, the country in which IBTS is situated, is St Wenceslas, svaty Václav in Czech. In English, he’s probably best known as the subject of the Christmas carol, Good King Wenceslas. He wasn’t, however, a king, and as most of what we know about him is legend more than fact, it’s not entirely clear just how good he was either.He was probably born around 907, grandson of the first ruler to have been baptised by Cyril and Methodius when they came to the Czech lands in 862-3. Wenceslas was a Duke, the ruler of the area of Bohemia. It would appear that, like most…

  • Sovereign state?

    Whatever you think about it, Queen Elizabeth II has put her signature to the European Union Lisbon Treaty after debate and vote in Her Parliament by the elected members in a democracy. Parliamentary democracy is a cornerstone of life in Europe and the English are inclined to say it all goes back to the English (or French ?) Barons making their claims against King John at Runnymede in what we call the “Magna Carta” or “Great Charter” of the middle ages. Of course democracy no doubt only started for ordinary folk like you and I to really be born in Europe with the English Civil War of the 1600’s and…

  • Emergent Church and the Eucharist

    My weekend reading has included Church Re-Imagined by Doug Pagitt who tells the story of the “Solomon’s Porch Community” in Minnesota. I like what he says – he speaks out against the idea of the programme church. He says, “from the beginning of Solomon’s Porch we have referred to our time together on Sundays as a gathering, not services. It’s a little thing, but it reminds usthat we are here to live life together, not simply to have our individual needs serviced.” Yes to that – we are gathering communities. Each Sunday they share the Eucharist; Doug says, “for us the communion has moved beyond ritual to necessity”. Amen and…

  • On the first floor corridor of the Hubmaier Pavilion…

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