Archive for June, 2014


Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

We are in our season of transitions.  The Library has already removed from Jenerálka to Postjesweg in Amsterdam and David, Zdenko and Vladko are working hard on assembling it ready for the Academic Year 2014-2015.

Meanwhile on the Jenerálka campus the academic year 2013-2014 has to be put to bed. So yesterday (Monday 23 June) the Exam board dealing with Master of Theology degrees from the University of Wales met to review progress of the final batch of MTh students and to pass results on for verification at the University Exam Board meeting in Cardiff in the first part of July. We were delighted to have our Moderator, Dr Helen Costigane SHCJ, presiding and our External Examiner, Dr Ann Jeffers, with us. Unfortunately, no one from the University Registry could be present. This appears to be the last Exam Board for the University of Wales at IBTS as all continuing students are now at Dissertation writing stage.

On Thursday we will hold our first Exam Board for students now doing the MA in Baptistic Histories and Theologies validated by the University of Manchester. We look forward to having Professor David R Law (our Manchester University Moderator) and the Revd Dr Nicholas J Wood (Regents Park College, University of Oxford, External Examiner, with us on campus. Our thanks go to those who have served us so well as Moderators and External Examiners  over the past  sixteen years.

– Keith

A historic moment

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

We have just concluded our last University of Wales Exam Board for the Taught Degrees – here’s the Board itself celebrating this historic moment!

A huge thank you to all who contributed to the success of our UW MTh and PGCTh programmes – so many faces and names, both of the teaching staff and the students, are going through my mind right now…

Last UW Exam Board 2014 06– Lina

The Woman I Am

Friday, June 13th, 2014

IMelodyt is a great joy that Melody Maxwell, who did her PhD at IBTS and is much loved in our community, has now had her revised thesis published, under the title The Woman I Am. This is a splendid book which analyzes the traditional, progressive, and potential roles female Southern Baptist writers and editors portrayed for Southern Baptist women from 1906 to 2006, particularly in the area of missions. Melody is Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. She previously served with East Texas Baptist University and Woman’s Missionary Union.

Batty A. DeBerg, an influential writer on gender and American fundamentalism, commends Melody’s ‘deft reading, description, and analysis’ as a ‘huge contribution’ to the field of studies in the role of women in American religious history. DeBerg describes Melody’s scholarship as ‘impeccable’.

Melody’s work is a superb example of how to read and utilise very extensive primary source materials to produce work that is well-argued, illuminating, accessible and relevant.

Congratulations to Melody!

Melody Maxwell, The Woman I Am: Southern Baptist Women’s Writings, 1906-2006 (University of Alabama Press, 2014), 304 pages.

 – Ian