• Annual General Meeting

    Many of the staff of IBTSC are in Estonia for the European Baptist Federation Council and the IBTSC Annual General Meeting. At this meeting we were able to show a report of the recent promotion/graduation with PhD of Lee Spitzer an Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor of the American Baptist Churches.

  • Graduation

    On Wednesday 31st August 2016 we were pleased to hold a short graduation service at Baptist House to recognise the achievement of our students in the MA in Baptistic Histories and Theologies which we deliver as an approved partner with the University of Manchester. A number of students were also recognised in their absence: Makoto Tokunda who also achieved a MA with credit and David Keane and Kofi Owusu-Ansah who received the Postgraduate Certificate. The international nature of IBTSC is made clear in the fact that these four students represented the different countries of the Netherlands, Ghana, Japan, and the USA. Whereas the staff present came from Scotland, Estonia, Bulgaria, Canada…

  • Intensive Week’s Teaching at IBTSC

    Been a lot going on. During the period 22 August till the 2nd of September we held an intensive teaching week for new and existing students enrolled on our MA programme or part thereof. Here are some of the faces of new and existing IBTSC students and Tim leading one of the units on Faith and Reason.

  • Is God Disappearing from the Netherlands?

    Today with colleagues I attended the opening of the academic year jointly hosted by the Theological Faculty of the Vrije Universiteit and the Protestant Theological University who work closely with one another. The theme upon which there were various papers and comments was: “Is God really disappearing from the Netherlands – and what would that mean for doing Theology” This title was a response to the survey held every 10 years called “God in the Netherlands” and which focusses in particular upon the place and role of the Christian faith in the Netherlands. Some of the reported results were: “More than 68 percent of the Dutch say they do not…

  • What does it mean to say that we are an “International” Study Centre

    I have recently being doing some work on what it means to offer supervision to international, part-time, theological PhD students in a  largely distance learning environment. What follows is one reflection on this: IBTSC is not an international study centre because we are a national institution with international students which is the way the term is often used in Higher Education discourse. Rather, for us the term indicates something more complex than that. It represents the fact that we are a meeting place of students and supervisors who come from different countries, often researching in their own local situations but bringing their contextual work into conversation with others from different…

  • CEBTS Elstal

    Between Wednesday 29th June and Saturday 2nd of July the bi-annual meeting of the Confederation of European Baptist Schools took place in Elstal Germany hosted by the Theologische Hochschule Elstal. The theme of this particular conference was: In which way is our Baptist Movement linked to or in tension with the Reformation in Europe in the 16th century? A number of shorter and longer papers were presented which allowed insight into the ways in which the events of the Reformation impacted various countries and contexts such as Spain and Italy and also the way in which various theological themes have been and can be interpreted. Some of these will be published…

  • Brexit

    As a UK passport holder and rector of an European institution set up post war as an ‘experiment in Christian internationalism’, I watched the unfolding referendum results in the UK with some dismay. Perhaps too much history makes me nervous when the common destiny of European countries is not formally linked even as I might be critical of EU bureaucracy. The uncertainty which this decision has created seems somewhat tangible in the UK if not in other countries of Europe. Both campaigns have unleashed expectations and created fractures that are likely to take some time to re-settle. Perhaps one theological reflection on this is that all political structures and arrangements are…