Archive for December, 2009

A Christmas greeting for blog readers

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

At a time when life can seem dark – nationally, internationally and in our own personal plans – it is important that we remember and remind each other that the promise of Advent is of the coming of the light, the light that shines in the darkness, that the darkness cannot overcome.
Turn our eyes to the light, O Lord, and shine in and through us.

And may all of us in the IBTS community know the blessing of Christmas once more this year

– Ruth (Chair, BoT)

What a let down! Obama fails miserably

Friday, December 18th, 2009

So Nobel Laureate Barack Obama went to Copenhagen but he might as well not have bothered. Eye witness accounts from people in the conference hall report his lack lustre speech – the Obama rhetoric under par – offered nothing by way of action and so it looks like the Copenhagen event will produce no useful outcome.

Our son, Tim, an accredited NGO delegate, was in the hall and felt the disappointment. One African delegate sat next to him expressed deep frustration and sadness. Here was the chance for a grandson of Kenya to do something from the richest nation to stand with the poorest, but the opportunity has been lost.

I confess our family owns various Obama inauguration souvenirs and now we are exchanging emails as to how we can ceremonially dispose of them as the corrupt powers attempt to quench our Advent hope.

– Keith

Climate Change in Copenhagen

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Have I just become a soft liberal or am I right to be concerned at the heavy-handed tactics adopted by the Danish State Police against those protesting peaceably about lack of progress at the climate change conference?

Sure, there are some anarchist disruptors there – no doubt well known to the Danish secret police, but images broadcast across global TV and comments on blog sites from respectable Christian activists suggest Denmark has “lost the plot” and that the police force is engaged in repressive tactics more reminiscent of China or the “old” USSR than a modern EU member state of liberal ideals.

Shame on the Danish police force and government! If you were not prepared for peaceable activist protest why offer to host the event (which you seem to be doing very badly!)

– Keith

The importance of Copenhagen

Monday, December 14th, 2009

At IBTS, as an Eco-seminary, we are taking a keen interest in what politicians from across the world are up to in Copenhagen. Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer will be there with other world leaders, but thankfully not Mr Sceptic, President Klaus.

Our IBTS Baptist community has several technical experts in our lecturing team, including Professor Graham Ashworth and the Revd Dr John Weaver. In our module on the Theology of Creation Care we explore issues under scrutiny in Copenhagen from a Christian theological and ethical perspective.

We have our active participants in the Copenhagen events who are keeping us up to date on the inside issues.

Tim Jones, a Deacon of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church and a policy officer for the World Development Movement is there and providing daily “blog” news. The Revd Alex Alexander, a minister of E1 Community Church, Shadwell, and an alumnus of IBTS, is also there, having cycled from London to Copenhagen with a group from Christian Aid to help raise awareness of the importance of the issues.

– Keith

Winter snow…

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

…is not here yet, but this is how it’s going to look like… at least for this and the next few winters(Copenhagen summit will give an idea for how long, perhaps!).order clomid without a prescription in our online pharmacy

– Lina, with nostalgy