• Advent in Amsterdam, or Encounters with Others

    I have spent the majority of this week in Amsterdam – meeting colleagues from VU Faculty of Theology and the Dutch Baptist Seminary, taking part in several meetings, and – a confession – enjoying some uninterrupted hours in front of computer to reduce email number, which I’ve done quite ferociously. A few more days, and I could perhaps declare victory over my Inbox! Well, tomorrow I’m leaving, so that’s not going to happen, but it’s been good to be here – and, inevitably, being away from the usual surroundings and tasks, to reflect on various things – such as IBTS and its challenging but amazing mission so far, issues faced…

  • Do leaders grow colleges?

    A thoughtful reflection on the challenges facing theological schools today, by our good colleague from the European Evangelical Accrediting Association, Graham Cheesman, here.

  • Advent/Christmas Greetings

    Here’s one from our CAT graduate and former librarian, Viktoria Shults (Arnaut): Dear Parush and all my friends from IBTS! I just want to thank you for all years what I spend at IBTS. The best moments of my life connected to you. My student years, my first serious job :), my wedding and of course my first child. I wish and pray that God will bless you in everything you do, and He’ll go with you wherever you will go. IBTS and all of you were real blessings for my life. Thank you!! With prayers, Merry Christmas!! From Alex, Vika & Levik

  • Czech Rectors‘ Conference meeting

    On Thursday 5 December, the IBTS Rector attended the 123rd Plenary Meeting of the Czech Rectors’ Conference in the Congress Centre in Prague. After the traditional introduction of the hosting university (The University of Business in Prague) and reports by the chairpersons, a few quite heated discussions took place. First, the possible clash of interest in case of simultaneous political and academic function was discussed, as some of the public universities’ deans were elected in recent parliament election. The points of view taken were very different – from the opinion that it is a personal concern of everybody and the universities have no right to intrude, to the opinion that…

  • CAN’T ONE SEE WELL-KNOWN THINGS DIFFERENTLY?

    We have already shared our joy of having Olexandr/Sasha back with us on our Jeneralka campus – Sasha who is an IBTS graduate and who wanted to come and give two months of his life to help us out in surviving this winter as a volunteer. Here are some of his thoughts, and pictures. A decade ago my family and I left IBTS heading to Ukraine, to our home country. It had been nice to be a Master student and spend hours, days, even weeks and months in the library reading books and periodicals, studying different theological approaches to common life situations. A process of learning seemed more difficult than…

  • Advent Time

    A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.   The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath…

  • Baptists and Baptistries

    I recently stood in the chapel of the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield in West Yorkshire. The Community of the Resurrection is a high church Anglican community. It has produced fascinating theological writers such as Harry Williams and dynamic missionary bishops like Trevor Huddleston. The Community chapel has recently been re-ordered and as you enter the first thing you see is a beautiful circular marble baptistry. There is a metal trough in the top of the baptistry into which water is constantly running, with the powerful symbolism of the living water. However, more noticeable is the fact that the shallow metal tray lifts out to reveal a full scale…