• Further PhD success in Amsterdam and Ukraine

    On Monday 5th November Grant Porter successfully defended his PhD thesis on Church Planting Practices among Muslim and Druze Communities in the Near East. Grant is the fourth IBTS Centre researcher to graduate in 2018 bringing the total of successful candidates to eleven since our relationship with the Vrije Universiteit was established and we relocated to the Netherlands in 2014.  Grant is pictured below with family members following his defense. In September two other researchers from IBTS Centre, Alex To (Canada) and Henrikas Zukauskas (Lithuania) also successfully defended their PhD theses.  Alex’s dissertation charted the life and influence of Lam Chi-fung’s in shaping Hong Kong Baptist Life between 1950 and…

  • Change of arrangements for Nordenhaug Lecture.

    Please note change of arrangements for Nordenhaug Lecture. We are delighted that Dr Reggie Williams will deliver the Nordenhaug lectures on 19th November at the Baptist House, Amsterdam. Dr Williams will deliver a lecture on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, exploring Bonhoeffer’s development from a proto-nationalist to Nazi opponent. Dr Williams lecture will speak to Christian leadership and responses in the context of resurgent European nationalisms. There is no charge for attendance at the lectures which will run from 10:30-11:30 with discussion from 11:30-12:00 (Amsterdam time). From 13:30 on the same day Dr Willams will be the keynote speaker for the McClendon Lecture and will be joined by Professors Nancey Murhpy and Henk Bakker as respondents. In this lecture…

  • We are delighted that Dr Reggie Williams will deliver the Nordenhaug lectures on 20th November at the Baptist House, Amsterdam. Dr Williams will deliver two lectures on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, exploring Bonhoeffer’s development from a proto-nationalist to Nazi opponent. The first lecture will provide an overview of Bonhoeffer’s theological anthropology in contrast to Nazi idealism.  The second lecture will focus on the development of Bonhoeffer’s thinking during his stay in in Harlem, 1930-31. This series of lectures will speak to Christian leadership and responses in the context of resurgent European nationalisms. There is no charge for attendance at the lectures which will run from 10:00-10:45 and 11:30-12:15 (Amsterdam time) on Tuesday…

  • Nordenhaug Lectures November 2018

    Please note change of arrangements for Nordenhaug Lecture. We are delighted that Dr Reggie Williams will deliver the Nordenhaug lectures on 19th November at the Baptist House, Amsterdam. Dr Williams will deliver a lecture on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, exploring Bonhoeffer’s development from a proto-nationalist to Nazi opponent. Dr Williams lecture will speak to Christian leadership and responses in the context of resurgent European nationalisms. There is no charge for attendance at the lectures which will run from 10:30-11:30 with discussion from 11:30-12:00 (Amsterdam time). From 13:30 on the same day Dr Willams will be the keynote speaker for the McClendon Lecture and will be joined by Professors Nancey Murhpy and Henk Bakker as respondents. In this lecture…

  • He’s Here!

    We are pleased to announce that the new IBTSC Director Dr Mike Pears took up his post at the beginning of August. Mike and his wife Helen arrived in Amsterdam at the end of July. They are settling well into their temporary home at the Baptist House and getting acquainted with life and work here in the Netherlands. Staff have already been meeting to make plans for the year ahead, as well as to discuss strategy for the longer-term future. Mike’s conviction is that IBTSC is strategically situated, both culturally and geographically, to encourage research and learning of baptistic theology and spirituality across Europe, the Middle East and further afield.…

  • Minecrafters, mapmakers and educated people: European Baptist teachers discuss trends in theological education in Europe

    “What should theological education be like? How does theological education for the 21st century work successfully?” Under these questions, 20 teachers from 11 different European countries and 13 different baptist schools met from 27th to 30th June in the Donauhof of the project church in Vienna. The Consortium of European Baptist Theological Schools (CEBTS) invited participants to give keynote addresses and discuss trends and perspectives in theological education. Daniel Drost told how the Dutch Baptist Seminary (Netherlands) considered what a 2025 graduate should be able to do. They identified three basic tasks: prayer, explaining the Scriptures and giving spiritual direction. Therefore, the Dutch see the core tasks as: Following, Understanding…

  • IBTSC Conference: Evangelicals and Oppression

     From 18 to 20 April 2018 IBTSC Amsterdam hosted a conference on the topic of ’Evangelicals and Oppression: Eastern European Perspectives’. During the three days 13 papers were delivered, ranging from life stories of Siberian Baptist women under Stalinist pressures to the practice of religious freedom in the pre-World War 1 era in the Russian Empire. The papers were delivered by Ian Randall, Miriam Dobson, Constantine Prokhorov, Galina Prokhorova, Lydie Kucova, Koos-jan de Jager, Johannes Dyck and others. Professor Walter Sawatsky, Dr. Ian Randall and Dr. Constantine Prokhorov signed copies of their publications at the conference. The keynote speaker, Professor Emeritus Walter Sawatsky, opened the conference with a wide-ranging overview of…

  • New Director for IBTS Centre Appointed

     The Board of IBTS Centre are pleased to announce the appointment of Revd Dr Mike Pears as Director of IBTS Centre as of 1st August 2018. Dr Mike Pears began his doctoral studies in Prague in 2011 and completed his doctorate in Amsterdam, being one of the first IBTS Centre students to graduate at the VU. His ongoing research interests include: the theology of place, especially as that relates to issues of power and inequality; the use of ethnography in relation to theology and mission; urban theology. Along with Prof. Paul Cloke (Exeter University), he is co-editing and authoring a series of six books entitled Mission in Marginal Places currently published by…