• Baptists and ‘Thick’ Human Rights: Let Us Not Abandon Our Baby

    January’s over!.. Way too fast, really (reflected in the absence of blog entries for the last two weeks), but there we are. IBTS is in the middle of its doctoral colloquia, M-level intensives, and – as of tonight – at the beginning of a conference named ‘Living to Tell: A Gospel Informed Perspective on Human Rights, Justice and Peace.’ The conference has been organised by Thomas Helwys Centre for the Study of Religious Freedom, the Institute of Systematic Study of Contextual Theologies, and the Institute for Mission and Evangelism – and, if you’re still not impressed by long titles, also serving as a platform for launching the Centre for Just…

  • Winter…

    is still here, although the melt of the last few days has greatly reduced the amounts of snow around the campus. Vladko, our Campus Steward, is hoping the melt won’t end till all the snow’s gone (so that it’s safe to walk around when it gets colder again). Some others, however, are remembering the snowy days with nostalgia. Diana, our CAT student from Lithuania, has captured some of the snowy beauties on her camera:

  • Lingua Franca

     Lingua franca “an additionally acquired language system which serves as a common means of communication for speakers of different first languages.”  In the period of one week I have had three experiences with a lingua franca. Perhaps the most meaningful was yesterday at the Agape Meal of our Sarka Valley Community Church.  A group of over 30 Burmese refugees recently settled here in the Czech Republic attended church today.  Since most Burmese Christians are from a Baptist background, they were joining us today in order to be with a group of fellow believers.  The service was joyous as we experienced the wonder of worshiping God together!  A young Burmese woman…

  • New Year Greetings to all our readers!

    The IBTS “blogging” community greets all our regular readers with warmest good wishes for 2011. The accent in our community this year will be on peace and human rights. We have an exciting research and conference programme lined up for you all and hope you will take the opportunity to visit Praha (Prague) and be part of the experience. It still is not too late to book in for our Thomas Helwys Lectures on Religious Freedom and Human rights to be held in the early days of February. Renowned Baptist scholar and ethicist Professor Glen H Stassen (Fuller Seminary and IBTS) will be delivering the Thomas Helwys lecture. His books…