• Prayer of the Optina Elders

    Some of our staff are taking part in a project exploring aspects of Orthodox theology. Tim found this prayer, which we thought our readers might appreciate: Grant that with peaceful minds we may face all that this new day is to bring. Grant us grace to surrender ourselves utterly to Thy Divine Will. Instruct and prepare us in all things for every hour of this day. Whatever tidings may come to us this day, may we accept them tranquilly, firmly convinced that everything that happens to us fulfils Thy Divine Will. Govern our thoughts and feelings in everything we do and say. When things unforeseen occur, let us not forget…

  • Easter and Spring

    IBTS’s been very quiet over Easter! Most of the students were away, either back at home or visiting some friends, and so were a number of the staff.  But those of us who stayed around enjoyed those rather special moments of ‘contracted community’ when one can experience very close connections with the other ‘remnants’, often leading to unexpected sharing times and insights, intimate worship times, and fun… Of course many of our community come from the parts of the world where it’s Easter Monday today – so “Christ is risen; He is risen indeed” has been echoing throughout the campus for over a week now, and is still continuing, especially…

  • Being a baptist voice in our community

    It’s always nice (REALLY nice!) to hear from our blog followers – and it’s especially nice to realise there are people who read us who we may even not know personally (yet)! Here’s one of them – Jonas from Sweden tells us a little bit about his church in Arvika: In Arvika in Sweden the baptist church was started 1882. The work of the Church was fruitful and the church prospered for many years and even planted churches in neighbouring villages. Later years the church shrunk, and 2003 the now small baptist church became part of the Mission Covenant Church in Arvika, but still as baptist group with connections to…

  • On the banks of the River Jordan

    John 1. 28 tells us John the Baptist was baptizing at “Bethany beyond the Jordan” (1.28) and it is to there that Jesus came to be baptized. Archeologists and Biblical scholars have identified that site as in the Kingdom of Jordan (not the false claims made on the other bank) and this site, now preserved in a natural form (unlike most of the sites elsewhere in the Holy Land) has become a placed visited by those who want to see the supposed cave of John the Baptist, the hill where Elijah was taken up into heaven and, of course, the spot where the early church believed Jesus was baptized. The…