• Reflection on Church and State relations

      The recent issue of the Journal of European Baptist Studies (no 1, 2020) explores Church and State relations from a Baptist perspective. ‘How should a Christian live in the existing political realities?’ has accompanied the Baptist story from the beginning, although it is a question for all Christians and can be traced back to New Testament times.   The volume includes nine articles which discuss aspects of religious freedom and human rights, ponders – the sometimes complicated – practice of the separation of church and state, and investigates binaries, such as nationalist ideologies and the biblical narrative, state pressure and Christian engagement in civil society, the gathered church and…

  • International Conference 2021

    The International Baptist Theological Study Centre extends an invitation to a conference ‘Dimensions of Baptist Identity: Past and Present’. The conference will take place 22-24 April 2021 in Amsterdam, and will explore the topic of Baptist – or baptistic – identity from different perspectives. Identity is a dynamic phenomenon expressed in spirituality, theology, and practice. It includes aspects of communication and use of language.   Both the constants and variables of identity will be discussed at the conference. What are Baptist identity markers and how have these been perceived, interpreted, developed, and lived out in different cultural settings? Papers from both historical and present-day perspectives are welcome, as well as…

  • IBTSC new doctoral-student intake for 2021

        IBTSC new doctoral-student intake for 2021 Many are wondering about how Corona-measures will affect higher education in the coming academic year. At IBTSC the main message we want to communicate is that we remain open to new applications for the PhD programme which starts in January 2021. The IBTSC doctoral programme is mainly delivered online so we have been able to adapt quickly to the Corona-virus situation. Universities here in the Netherlands are working with the campaign title ‘On Campus if we can, online because we can’ and this certainly reflects our own approach. Our academic work is not in lockdown and teaching and research continues mainly uninterrupted.…

  • McClendon Lectures 2020

      On November 13th, 2020 the second McClendon lecture will be held. Key note speaker is Ryan Andrew Newson, theologian and ethicist from Campbell University and co-editor of the Collected works of James Wm. McClendon. The theme of the lecture will be Inhabiting the City: Envisioning Baptist Ways of Doing Theology in a Pluralist Urban World. The McClendon Lecture is an academic lecture on a topic close to the mind-set of Jim McClendon, in critical conversation with keen experts and the audience. The lecture is organised by the McClendon Chair for Baptistic and Evangelical Theology. In 2018, Reggie Williams was the first to hold the lectures on the theme of Lived Leadership:…

  • New coordinator Research Community

    Two years ago, in January 2018, I was going to a conference at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. While walking in the sun and enjoying the setting I prayed: Lord how I would love to work in Amsterdam, preferably in an international setting. Now I am employed in a wonderful institute which matches both criteria. I am a grateful person. My name is Laura Dijkhuizen and since January of this new year I am working at the IBTS Centre as the new coordinator of the Research Community. I will be taking over the coordinating tasks of David McMillan and explore how to develop the Research Community further. The work at…

  • New IBTS Centre Staff members appointed!

    We are delighted to announce that from January 2020 IBTS Centre will have three new part-time staff members joining the team – Laura Dijkhuizen, Ingeborg te Loo and Tom Arabis.  Laura Dijkhuizen joins the team as Coordinator of the IBTS Centre Research Community. Laura is Academic Dean of School of Divinity (part-time) for the Foundation Academy of Amsterdam. The Academy offers education for those who never had an opportunity to attend a college or a university, due to lack of resources such as finances, proper diplomas, or because they are refugees, migrants or stateless. Laura already works closely with the Facutly of Religion and Theology at the VU and is currently undertaking…

  • The Theological College of Elstal (Theologische Hochschule Elstal) in Berlin was the host for this year’s gathering of the Theology and Education Commission of the EBF. Seventeen people gathered to explore the subject of Political Tensions of Today and the Church: Exploring Baptist Engagement in Europe. Participants included college directors, politicians, theological educators and academics and Baptist Union presidents and came from Italy, Israel, Netherlands, UK, Romania, Germany, Ukraine, Estonia, Moldova and Poland. The diversity of those present stimulated excellent and insightful conversation leaving the impression that this was a creative learning experience for all. We were grateful for the opportunity to take a bit of time out from discussion…

  • Call for Papers on Church-State Relations

     Throughout history there has been a variety of relationships between Christian churches and governments, sometimes harmonious and sometimes conflicting. This remains true in today’s world, in terms of politics and political tensions within Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East (the EBF region). We plan to explore this topic in the Spring 2020 issue of the Journal of European Baptist Studies. Articles that report on research or debate issues relating to historical, biblical, missiological, or theological aspects of the theme of Church-State Relations are welcome, in particular those that explore Baptist tensions in these situations. This call for papers shares the theme of a forthcoming consultation to be convened by…