• Its colloquium – but not as you know it!

    There’s very little about 2020 and the start of 2021 that has been in any way normal. The same applies to the IBTS (what, no C?) annual colloquium. Even during the challenging years of the transition from Prague to Amsterdam the colloquium gathered together all the researchers and supervisors in a makeshift arrangement. Colloquium has never not happened – and this year, despite Covid, it is still taking place in the virtual realm of Zoom. The team in Amsterdam have done a marvellous job of lining up a full colloquium programme with even more goodies than usual. While participants may be denied the wonders of Dutch cuisine (particularly the wonderful…

  • Rebirthing Kelso Baptist Church – Rob Jones

    Small beginnings  One day in early November 2019 at IBTSC, I remember sitting down with Mike Pears, trying to form a plan. As we chatted through this new ministry challenge, I realised what I should have already known, ‘don’t go to Kelso with your fixed ideas, instead, be prepared to listen, to see where God is already working, don’t make assumptions, be ready for the newness of God.’ A tale of four churches I often tell people (perhaps with misplaced pride), that I am the first pastor of KBC for over 30 years, but the credit doesn’t go to me, it really goes to the nine faithful people I encountered…

  • Ray Hobbs, 1942-2020

    Trevor Raymond Hobbs, professor of Old Testament at IBTS 1996-1998, died on Friday 8 November 2020 at the age of 78. Ray had Welsh roots being born in 1942 in Pontypridd, South Wales. He received his education at the University of London (B.D., Ph.D.), the University of Zurich and the Baptist Theological Seminary, Rüschlikon, Switzerland (M.Th.). In 1969, he moved to Hamilton, Canada to teach at McMaster Divinity College and McMaster University, later becoming Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Interpretation. When the International Baptist Theological Seminary (IBTS) relocated from Rüschlikon to Prague in the Czech Republic in 1995, Ray became a professor of the Old Testament the following year.…

  • Inhabiting the City

    Dear friends The McClendon Chair for Baptistic and Evangelical Theologies and the International Baptist Theological Study Centre warmly invite you to join a conversation on Inhabiting the City, which will b3 held on November 13, 2020.  Keynote speaker Ryan Andrew Newson will introduce the topic and invite us to reflect on what it means to live as followers of Jesus Christ in contemporary, plural urban societies. In an interactive online programme of about 2.5 hours, the theme will be discussed, among students, academics, pastors and anyone interested to join.  The event will be organised in partnership with the Scottish Baptist College and Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary.  We hope for a…

  • Prayer for Lebanon

    Dear friends and colleagues   In the midst of the summer season when many of us are taking summer leave we have been confronted by the heartbreaking news of the explosion in Beirut. Added to the already critical situation – including the COVID 19 pandemic and currency collapse – this adds a seemingly unbearable burden for the people of Lebanon. We at IBTSC have close relationships with ABTS and LESD  in Beirut; Elie Haddad and Caleb Hutcherson are current PhD research students at IBTSC, we have a few prospective students, as well as past students from Beirut. Another research student Scott Gustafson and the organisation he works for, Purpose Global,…

  • Reflection on the CEBTS online gathering – COVID-19 impact on theological education

    On July 9 another CEBTS meeting occurred. Due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19 pandemic this forum was arranged online, thus complying with the conditions of the time. Nevertheless, it was great to meet many friends and see some new faces. Quite predictably the meeting was devoted to the subject of COVID-19 impact on theological education. Two excellent presentations by Einike Pili and Michael Rhode approached the subject from different angles. Einike presented an educational perspective while Michael provided an overview and suggestions for theological response to the pandemic. Both speakers shared good and deep insights which also resonated with what theological institutions and churches have experienced in Ukraine. In…

  • 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…