• The Ministry of Women

    The Baptist Union of Great Britain has accredited women for ministry since 1918. This is not universally the case in Europe though Baptists in Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and in some other regions support this stand. In other European countries it is clear women exercise leadership and ministry even if Unions do not always acknowledge this fact publicly. The Baptist Union of Great Britain has recently reaffirmed its stance and this has provoked lively debate – at least on the sites of British Baptist bloggers! For example, here and here. At IBTS we have been privileged in that many EBF Unions have sent exceptionally gifted women to study with…

  • Oxford Impressions

    As my study leave is coming to its close, many people want to know my impressions: what I liked best, what was most memorable, what was the most surprising, etc. That got me thinking, and, as usual, reflecting on it by writing (during lunch break, in case my supervisors are interested!) Of course, Oxford is a special place when it comes to studying, reading, and writing. A bit like IBTS being a hub where you may stumble upon all sorts of Baptists, this place is always full of all sorts of academicians, public figures and otherwise famous people giving a talk here or there. One of my highlights was probably…

  • British Baptist Assembly

    I have been “watching” and reading about the Assembly in Plymouth at a distance. For many years I chaired the planning committee which organised the Assembly so I know both the joys and sorrows of gathering so many people together and trying to get a good “mix” of celebration, inspiration and debate in which as many people as possible can participate, so the organisers always start with my sympathy. Observing from a distance it was great to see three Master of Theology alumni of IBTS on the main stage. Lina Andronovienė presenting her father’s excellent history of Baptists in Lithuania; Helle Liht and Beth Jackson taking part in leading the…

  • Assembling of British Baptists

    Well, even though still on study leave, I felt it difficult to keep quiet and at least want to say ‘hello’ from the annual Assembly of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. It’s been a very good occasion to have conversations with various people interested in what we are doing in Prague, and to meet more friends I already know from Prague than I would have expected! The motto of the Assembly is ‘One World, One Mission’, and has been reflected on from different angles. On Saturday, we had an enjoyable meeting of IBTS friends – a warm gathering of people who had been on our campus as students, teachers,…