Archive for March, 2013

Winter’s still here!

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Somewhat surprisingly, especially when we’re moving towards Easter, but yes, there’s still snow around, and more minus temperatures promised. Here are some photos from a few weeks ago, when we had REALLY lots of snow. As you see, it’s been put to a good use (thanks, Viljar, for the photos!):

Where God lives

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Joanne Gilbert-Cannon, who came to IBTS a couple of years ago for a study leave, has shared this poem which she wrote whilst at IBTS.

Where God lives?  By Joanne Gilbert-Cannon

(A poem from Prague, IBTS Study leave Jan. 2010)


I went to the mountain

to peer up at the top

couldn’t wait to see God.


Up those rocks and stairs

and ice I climbed

for one glimpse

something of the extra-ordinarily



But what I found,

were many others

that looked like me

but spoke slightly differently.


They too,

were climbing for a GOD-sighting

still-life of the Holy One.


Up words

and into dreams,

then further into ideas

we climbed together.


Until we finally saw you—

down at coffee—on the stool next to us at the bar

sitting on the wood bench in reception.

One of us caught your eye on the tram

and another

gave you a koruna as you shivered in the cold at St. Wenceslas Square.


My dear God,

couldn’t you please go back to live on the mountain-top.

it’s easier to find you there.

the valley has become so crowded, noisy and dirty.

We would love to help you move.

A thought and a question

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

A little note from Rosa Hunt, IBTS doctoral student from Wales:

I know that at IBTS we are passionate about freedom of religion, so I wonder whether anyone has any comments on two recent pieces of British legislation. Late last year the government produced a piece of legislation which proposed that gay marriages could be held in churches – but banned them from Church of England churches. Now today I hear that a woman MP is proposing legislation which would force the Church of England to accept woman bishops. I have a problem with both these bits of legislation, and it is nothing to do with my beliefs about the nature of marriage (incidentally in this case it is the Baptist Union of Great Britain which has determined what I must believe, but that’s another story …) or the equality of women. Of course I believe woman should be in ordained ministry! But my problem is that I categorically reject the right of the state to tell the church what we can and can’t do! Doesn’t anyone else agree? Why haven’t we had a massive outcry from the Baptists? is this a case of “they came for the Anglicans but I wasn’t an Anglican …”

A Good Piece of News

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

On the behalf of IBTS and a group of Prof Stassen’s colleagues and students across the globe, our Academic Team had nominated Prof Dr Glen Stassen, IBTS Research Professor, for this year’s Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award of the Baptist World Alliance. We are glad that this nomination was honoured by the BWA Executive Committee and Dr Stassen’s outstanding life-long commitment to the struggles for justice, peace and human rights received this world-wide recognition.

Our congratulations to Glen! We are privileged indeed to have someone like him as one of the senior members of IBTS lecturing and supervisory team.

For the BWA news release on this award, click here.