• Thank God for David Syme Russell CBE, DD DLitt

    DSR belonged to that generation of young men who entered University to be formed for ministry and time and finance was on their side. His academic achievements are manifold MA BD Glasgow, MA MLitt Oxford,  Honorary DDs Glasgow and McMaster, DLitt Glasgow. He was an accomplished scholar and writer on Jewish apocalyptic. Well into retirement he came to IBTS in Prague in 2000 to help us celebrate 50 years of our European Seminary he cared about and supported and one special lecture was by that famous Johanine scholar, Gerry Borchert. Gerry dared to lecture on John the Divine’s Revelation with DSR sat in the front row. The normally sedate after…

  • Chasing History in Moravia

    Another post from Josh and Alison: Last Thursday, Alison and I took our first out-of-Prague excursion with fellow students as part of an educational retreat. The mission was to trace Anabaptist roots throughout the south of Moravia into the northwest of Slovakia. In the 16th century, it was in these towns and under the various princes and rulers that a persecuted group of protestant Christians found sanctuary, albeit for only a limited time. IBTS traces their theological and historical roots in part to these various Anabaptist movements, and it was a treasure for us to participate in a very meaningful trip along with our friends here in the Czech Republic.…

  • Two books

    …And one more impression from the lectures of creation care – this time by Liudmila from Russia: God gave us two books. The first one is the Bible. The second one is a specific  book which we can read independently of our age or our language, and we can read this book every day.  This book is the nature around us. I am an ecologist and I studied biology and ecology at my university. I know the structure  of basic processes which run in plants and animals. When I studied  photosynthesis I was surprised how complicated this process is on the chemical side, although it goes on in every plant…

  • Sparkling!

    Well, maybe not sparkling yet, but the campus is certainly cleaner after the last Friday’s community cleaning time (part of our Environment Month; last week’s theme was ‘CLEAN’). Lots of leaves in our garden next to the Chateau – and virtually no leaves left on the trees!..  (We didn’t clean the trees, no.)

  • Inscribe your words

    And here’s yet another prayer from Denys, our student from Ukraine: Lord, inscribe your words on my brow that I will remember your creation, On my eyes that I will delight in your creation, On my mouth that I will glorify You for your creation, On my heart that I will love your creation, On my hands that I will take care of your creation, On my body that I will carry out my mission for your creation. Amen.

  • On this day

    And here’s a prayer written by another CAT student, Alexander, from Russia: On this day, I will strive to see the magical environment that is everywhere and access the abundance of beauty and joy coming from God. It is the truth that I am part of nature. I will strive to set aside everything I have learned and presume to know in order to allow new knowledge and new experiences to change my approach in taking care of the environment around me. I will do everything in my power to clean dirt from nature . I will create a new paradigm that helps me to take better care of the…