• Who is it that you seek?

    We seek the Lord our God. Do you seek Him with all your heart? Amen. Lord, have mercy. Do you seek Him with all your soul? Amen. Lord, have mercy. Do you seek Him with all your mind? Amen. Lord, have mercy. Do you seek Him with all your strength? Amen. Christ, have mercy. Some of the readers will immediatelly recognise this part of the morning prayer of the Northumbria Community, with whom we share a warm bond of friendship for a few years already. Part of that friendship is an annual visit of the friends from the  Community to IBTS to hold a Northumbria Week, which has been happening…

  • A European Census

    Centuries ago, so the Apostle Luke tells us, the Roman Empire wanted to discover who was where, for the basic desire to make sure they had the right number of people under the control of the Emperor – and that their taxes were being paid! Today, a European initiative encourages countries to conduct a census in 2011. Across Europe most of us should all fill in census forms, so we can work out how many citizens our countries have and what we believe and what we are all doing and what standard of education we have. What differs across countries is exactly what information is required. Is it only the…

  • What about baptistic theology?

    Firstly, an apology – my last post of over one month ago created reactions – I apologise that due to the exigencies of the circumstances people have had to wait for a response! Mia culpa! What is baptistic theology and where can it be found? It’s easier to start with where it cannot be found! It cannot be found in the study of a legalistic systematic theologian who sits surrounded by books  thinking great thoughts and writing them down (the Calvin model). It cannot be found in the monk’s cell reading the Scriptures and worrying about how I am saved and then expressing this to academia (the Luther model) It…