• Of the President and his tie

    The EBF has a new President – the Revd Hans Guderian from Germany. He’ll be inducted today at the closing service of the EBF Council, replacing the Revd Valeriu Giletchi from Moldova who has served as the EBF President for the last two years. I first encountered Hans as an avid postal stamps collector, but perhaps another collection might be surfacing at the present. You see, during much of this meeting he has been wearing a very fun tie – from India, he said – with bright elephants on green background. So in one of the coffee breaks, a discussion evolved about this (usually the only) major accessoir for men…

  • Baptists in Nazareth

    So the European Baptist Federation meetings in Nazareth have started. We had a warm opening service yesterday night in Nazareth Baptist church. Apart from ‘O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder,’ all other songs were of Arabic origin (including the one we sometimes sing at Šarka Valley Community Church – ‘Salam’ – which we sing with translation into English: ‘help us your peace to understand’…) – so a lovely flavour of the local church, which also included a sermon by one of our graduates, Azar Ajaj (Dean of Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary). The Baptist church is located in the Arabic part of the city, whereas our hotel is…

  • “That’s why they prosper”

    Several of us who are connected to IBTS one way or another, have been making our way to Nazareth over the last few days and hours. I was one of the three making the journey yesterday night – as usual for the Middle Eastern countries, flying in the middle of the night (does anybody know why? Please tell if you do!). So, around five o’clock in the morning, we stumbled out from the plane into the bus, into the terminal of Ben Gurion airport (absolutely beautiful architectural space!) and to the imigration booths. “What’s the purpose of your visit?” asked the officer in the booth I approached. “Business.” “What kind…

  • Commencement snapshots

    From our lovely Administrator, Katka: On Tuesday 6th September, we attended a Commencement Service for the 63rd Academic year at IBTS. Let’s have a look at how different community members experienced it. Good luck to all of you! – Katka

  • Impressions from the Opera

    Dear Readers, meet a new blogger on our site: Gyorgy, a Magister student from Hungary. Here’s what he had to say about yesterday: In ancient times, some Roman politicians provided free wheat for the people and financed expensive circus games for them in order to get their support. Hence the Latin phrase panem et circenses – give bread and circuses to the people and they will be happy to stand on your side. Unlike those ancient Romans who lived in the great city during the decline of the empire and cared only to satisfy their shallow desires, citizens of contemporary Prague crave for more sophisticated pleasures. Instead of ’chléb a…

  • New Academic Year: Interest in IBTS continues to spread

    We’re nearly done with the first week of Orientation! This weekend, our CAT students (well – a good portion of them… visa problems for others!) arrive, and on Tuesday we’ll be celebrating our Commencement with the usual service in the Chapel and a festive buffet to follow. The spread of the students, geographically, is varied as before: Russia, Hungary, Canada, Lithuania, Ukraine, USA, Northern Ireland, Turkey – and, in the coming days, hopefully, Croatia, Belgium, Georgia, Slovakia… We’re also getting inquiries from the circles new for us. This one here, for example, seems to be so determined to be at IBTS that he’s taken residency in the garage where the…