• Migration and Dislocation

    This is the theme of the IBTS student conference taking place in the middle of our doctoral colloquium. Great stuff, and lots of thoughts: about various situations of dislocation today; our own (personal and communal) attitudes, gut-level reactions and responses to migrants; our reading of biblical narratives – either to support  our position and defend the space we inhabit, or to accept the challenge they put to our reading of today’s realities. – Lina

  • Breaking the bread in Amsterdam and Prague: The Eucharist in two kinds and two places

    On Wednesday 22 January the traditional IBTS Wednesday Eucharist was celebrated in two places – physically divided in space and weather (dull and damp in Amsterdam, snow falling steadily and creating that special beauty of fresh-fallen snow on the Prague campus). In Prague a remnant met around the table in the chapel which has been the venue for such a weekly event since 1998. Meanwhile, the IBTS Research colloquia met for the first time to break bread in the Baptist House. Both groups were gathered around a simple table. Both gatherings used IBTS plates and chalice, both used wine from the vineyards around Mikulov, which the Anabaptists cultivated and restored…

  • New Beginnings in Amsterdam

    The Annual IBTS Research Colloquia has opened, not, as it has been over the past decade, in the Prague Campus, but in the Baptist House in south Amsterdam. The, as yet unreconstructed, Baptist House has been cleaned up by a volunteer team and we are now sat in the meeting room and worship room catching up with the life of IBTS “in transition”. The opening session featured input from the so-called “trinity” of Rectors – Keith Jones (1998 – 2013), Parush R Parushev (2013-2014) and Stuart Blythe (2014- ). Parush commented that whilst IBTS still believes in the Swiss Train theory of time keeping, experience in the Netherlands so far…

  • Not To Make You Envious, But…

    …we’re being spoiled rotten by our volunteer Sasha, who’s just returned from the Ukraine to help us for a few more weeks. Again, not to make you envious, but here are some photos. And yes, these are current photos – seems IBTSers can’t keep away from IBTS, even when they move to a different country!  

  • Czech Rectors‘ Conference meeting

    On Thursday 5 December, the IBTS Rector attended the 123rd Plenary Meeting of the Czech Rectors’ Conference in the Congress Centre in Prague. After the traditional introduction of the hosting university (The University of Business in Prague) and reports by the chairpersons, a few quite heated discussions took place. First, the possible clash of interest in case of simultaneous political and academic function was discussed, as some of the public universities’ deans were elected in recent parliament election. The points of view taken were very different – from the opinion that it is a personal concern of everybody and the universities have no right to intrude, to the opinion that…

  • CAN’T ONE SEE WELL-KNOWN THINGS DIFFERENTLY?

    We have already shared our joy of having Olexandr/Sasha back with us on our Jeneralka campus – Sasha who is an IBTS graduate and who wanted to come and give two months of his life to help us out in surviving this winter as a volunteer. Here are some of his thoughts, and pictures. A decade ago my family and I left IBTS heading to Ukraine, to our home country. It had been nice to be a Master student and spend hours, days, even weeks and months in the library reading books and periodicals, studying different theological approaches to common life situations. A process of learning seemed more difficult than…

  • Advent Time

    A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.   The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath…