• Advent season

    We are now into the four week period of the year set aside as a preparation for the celebration of the incarnation, or the nativity. In the West Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas (this year Sunday 27 November). The name is derived from the Latin root meaning ‘coming’ or ‘arrival’. The early western church from the 6th century onwards had a period of six weeks of fasting and penitence before Christmas. The reduction to four weeks was a gradual development, but is now almost universally accepted. Today, the accent of the Advent season is on ‘getting ready’ for the coming of Christ – at Bethlehem, into our…

  • Two books on Baptists around the world

    Are global Baptist overviews like big red London buses ? You wait for ages, then two come along at the same time? David Bebbington has placed us all in his debt by producing his Baptists Through the Centuries: A History of a Global People, based on material delivered at Baylor University, which seeks to track the story of the world community of Baptists from the early 1600’s until today. Robert E Johnson, on the staff at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas has equally sought to provide an overview A Global Introduction to Baptist Churches within the same time frame and a similar intention to Bebbington. The authoritative work by…

  • Baptist Ecclesiology in the United Kingdom

    British Baptists (by which I mean the Baptist Union of Great Britain and not the Baptist Union of Wales, Baptist Union of Scotland, Association of Irish Baptist Churches, Grace Baptist Churches or the Strict and Particular Association of Baptists) met in their twice yearly Council at Swanwick last week  (November 14-16). It was a difficult meeting as they were suffering, along with many others, in the Micawber syndrome. Too much expenditure and not enough income. English and Welsh Baptist bloggers have been hard at work before and since analyzing all that went on and seeking to offer comments and remedies. For virtually twenty years this was an important part of…

  • The “Baptist Times” to cease publication

    IBTS bloggers join the chorus of those who are disappointed to learn that “The Baptist Times” of Great Britain will cease publication in January 2012. It has a long and glorious history as a weekly newspaper and has been read and valued by Baptists, and others, all over the world. IBTS is one of only a handful of places having a complete archive of the paper for the last century and into this century. It will be a gap in our library periodicals collection! Prominent people have edited the newspaper down through the years, including such people as Fred Townley Lord (one time BUGB President), Geoffrey Locks, John Capon and,…

  • …and a video

    …from Katka and Luda, who are responsible for this week of our Environment month, with a theme of ‘Looking Downward.’ So, on Wednesday, during our coffee time, we were introduced to very similar animals to this video – ‘Katkawarm’ and ‘Ludawarm’ – who had an exciting conversation about all the yummy things for them to eat at IBTS compost box! Here’s the video – enjoy 🙂

  • More pics…

    … this time from book signing events by Profs Glen H Stassen and John H Y Briggs – Zdenko, our Head Librarian, has produced quite a pile on both occasions!

  • Autumn clean-up

    Just wanted to post some pictures from our campus cleaning event which opened our Environmental Month. By now many more leaves have fallen and the boys assigned for outside work can at last begin to see the end of their task of cleaning them up (we encourage them with the reminder that soon it’ll be time for snow!) – Lina