• EBF Council in Bratislava

    For the past few days five of us from IBTS have been attending the annual EBF Council meeting, held this year in Bratislava, the capital city of our neighbours, Slovakia. We have been warmly welcomed by our Slovak sisters and brothers from the Baptist Union of Slovakia, and by our EBF president Oti Bunaciu, and our General Secretary Tony Peck. This is only the second time I’ve been to an EBF Council meeting. As the previous one was in Budapest I guess I must be working my way through capital cities beginning with B! Just over halfway through the meeting I already have lots of wonderful experiences to think about…

  • Preparing for a New Home

    This should have appeared on Friday, but our blog server had some hickups: I’m writing this from Amsterdam, after a few days of good meetings with colleagues at VU University and generally a good experience of how our ‘new academic home’ will work. Those of you who have had some experience of this culture know the friendliness which generally characterises it, but you can imagine the difference this can make in the task of discussing various aspects of integration of IBTS into the work and life of VU’s Theology Faculty, common projects, shared aspirations, etc. Of course, because this is a big organisation, things take time as far as the…

  • Reconciliation and Remembrance 500 years on

    On the 9th September 1513, a mighty Scottish army led by the then King James IV crossed the River Tweed at the town of Coldstream and entered England ruled by King Henry VIII. At that time Scotland was enjoying a period of growth, prosperity and educational advance with three universities already established (as opposed to two in the much larger England). James the IV was judged to be a good and wise King, the courts were working efficiently and life was peaceful enough between the highlands and the lowlands. There was a treaty of perpetual peace between the two nations. Why James decided to invade England whilst King Henry VIII…

  • That’s how we look…

    …this academic year – of course, as a dispersed community we are never all together in the same place, but these photos will give you some idea about who’s been around for the start of the new academic year.                        

  • What sort of heaven do you imagine?

    “That would be my idea of heaven.” I have often heard people make some remark like that after enjoying a particular event, experience or place. One of my own contenders to be considered in the “quarter finals” is an annual event on a Sunday afternoon at the beginning of September in the valley where theIBTS campus is currently situated. Thanks to the benevolence of Prague 6, the local authority of this part of Prague, the Czech National Opera and orchestra perform a classic Czech opera in our ŠárkaValley. This year saw thousands of people sat in the sunshine on the 100th anniversary year of the first such performance. This year…