• Despise Not the Counsel of the Poor

    So it’s all go here – we’re done with one week of Research Colloquia and now have started M-level intensives plus the conference “Despise not the counsel of the poor: Convictions on religious freedom, the power of the states and the state of the powers,” organised by Thomas Helwys Institute for Study of Religious Freedom. Tonight’s the opening of the conference, with Dr Raimundo Barreto of Freedom&Justice Division of the Baptist World Alliance. There’s a good number of participants – some of them our own students who have stayed on in order to take part, but also other friends from different parts of Europe and the world. Raimundo recalled the…

  • IBTS HERE I COME

    Arak Donald (Nigeria) is the newest member of our residential community–due to visa problems, he had to miss the September Orientation and Intensives and was only able to join us for the Second Intensives in November. It’s been great having him around and learning much more about Nigeria and Arak’s life and experience an African Baptist perspective on things. Here Arak is reflecting on the ‘culture shock’ he experienced by coming to Europe (and to such a strange place as IBTS!): I have heard and read about “Culture Shock” in missions but have never experienced it until my arrival in Prague on 02/11/2011. It all started in the airport after…

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  • Is the Baptist World Alliance truly international?

    The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) was founded in 1905 principally by English speaking Baptist communities together with a handful of European nations. Over 105 years later it has become a major Christian world communion with representative member bodies in almost every nation of the globe. Between 2005 and 2010 I served on a group seeking to truly internationalise the “leadership” of this word Christian communion to equip it to represent the real Baptist family of the 21st century.  Sadly, it has proved to be a hard task! Recently the BWA sought to initiate conversations with world Pentecostalism. Baptists interact with Pentecostalists in all continents of our world, but we could…

  • Czech Census insights

    Like many other parts of Europe, the Czech Republic had a census earlier this year and the Czech Statistics Office are providing the first set of global figures with detailed analysis to come in the third quarter of 2012 and submission of more precise outcomes to the European Union in 2013. There are few surprises, at least from my perspective! The trend towards people wanting to describe themselves regionally or ethnically, rather than as a “citizen of a nation state” grows here as it does in so many places of Europe. So, more people classify themselves as Moravians or Slovakians or Roma rather than “Czech”. There has been growth of…