• The truly amazing Dictionary

    EBF Amsterdam 400 saw the launch of the amazing Dictionary of European Baptist Life and Thought. This enterprise was commissioned by IBTS on behalf of the EBF over eight years ago and contains hundreds of entries from ABC-USA to Zwingli in a 540 page volume with over140 contributors from throughout Europe and the Middle East. A testimony from Dr Nigel G Wright, Principal of Spurgeon’s College – “I couldn’t put it down – no sooner had I read one article than a cross-reference drew me to another!” Positively recommended by leading Baptist scholars professors David Bebbington, Eric Geldbach, Richard V Pierard and by leading reformed church scholar Professor Alan P…

  • The New Good Soldier Švejk

    So, Prague’s become an honorary capital of Europe for the period the EU presidency! The Prime Minister is already boasting of his success in negotiating gas supply for Europe over the weekend (so we continue to be warm, and hope you are warm too. Better not think of what it’ll cost though!). One just wonders how this EU presidency will continue. The other day, the Financial Times’s Tony Barber had an interesting observation regarding another key person in Czech life – not the Prime Minister, but the famous President of the country, who upon having to welcome the European Commission into Prague clearly showed his disdain towards the whole thing, and did his best to insult…

  • The Czech Presidency of the European Union

    As the clock struck midnight on 31 December the Presidency of the European Union rotated from the French Government to the Czech Government. Now, for six months, Prague holds the limelight in EU affairs. There could not be a bigger contrast in attitudes to Europe than between the head of State in France, Nicolas Sarkozy and the very Euro-sceptic Czech President, Vaclav Klaus. Klaus has already made clear the EU flag will not fly over Prague Hrad and the Czech Prime Minister and his colleagues will no doubt do all they can to keep President Klaus out of the European agenda and limelight in an effort not to be embarrassed.…

  • Happy New Year – Šťastný nový rok!

    Happy New Year to all the readers!.. Crisis or no crisis, Prague was a popular spot to greet this New Year. Our hotel was swirming with guests from various countries; all Prague seemed to be full  with sounds of different languages – some louder than others! But those in our hotel started to leave soon after the start of 2009, so when in the evening of January the first a group of us set off for the Old Town, I expected to see Prague relatively quiet, recovering from the tourist onslaught. Instead, the bus and then the metro were absolutely packed with regular ‘Praguers’. Staromestska metro stop was filled to…

  • Revival at IBTS

    Revival has broken out at IBTS! That is to say we have been enjoying immensely the 2008 Hughey Lectures by Professor David W Bebbington (University of Stirling) on the subject of “Baptists and Revival“. We (some of us especially) were fascinated to learn that revivalism was a ‘Scottish discovery,’ having begun in the 1600’s amongst the Presbyterians as a feature of the “communion season”. Well, that’s an encouragement to us in our focus on being a Eucharistic community!

  • Live camera of campus

    We now have a live camera on our Hotel Jenerálka website. So if you’re missing IBTS and want to see the courtyard real time, click here:

  • Goats and Seminaries

    Who would have thought we have something in common with an SBC seminary! “Four hundred goats descended on the verdant hillsides of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in July, cutting the grass as well as the seminary’s costs for landscaping staff. (…) The three different kinds of goats -– alpine, angora and pigmy -– were supplied with water, a salt lick and all the delectable natural grasses and poison oak they could eat on about 50 acres of the campus.”    And we thought we were on the cutting edge of ecological lawnmowing!.. 396 goats behind. But then on the other hand, our four goats live with us full-time and thus…

  • New Academic Year Commences!

    The 60th academic year of IBTS is commencing! Master and doctoral level students have already been with us for a week for their Critical Thinking, Academic Research and Writing course. By now most of them look sufficiently confused – and taking great comfort from the words of assurance of students who have gone through this course before that it is possible  to emerge on the other side alive and maybe still thinking. Critical Thinking consists of lectures on critical reading skills, construction of the argument, IBTS writing standards, and some notes and exercises in academic English (as many of our students are non-native English speakers). The module was completed on…