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During the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, several speakers urged Baptists to understand and engage Muslims to advance the common good in the Middle East. The presentations came during a joint session on Monday of two BWA Freedom & Justice Commissions – the commissions on Baptist-Muslim Relations and […] Read More

I often wake up and think what a privilege it is to work for the European Baptist Federation (EBF). Only very occasionally do I consider the other possibility! The heart of the privilege, for me, is centered on travelling around Europe and the Middle East, and seeing firsthand some of the surprising, not to say […] Read More

Recently, I visited the offices of the Czech Baptist Union in Prague, whose leaders of these past few years have become my respected friends. They are always supportive of the European Baptist Federation (EBF) and were gracious about the decision of the EBF and International Baptist Theological Seminary (IBTS) to relocate from Prague to Amsterdam, […] Read More

“Embracing diversity” seemed to be a main theme running through the European Baptist Federation’s (EBF) Youth and Children’s Workers’ Conference, which ended in Prague recently. I always enjoy attending this conference each year. We have some amazingly gifted national leaders of youth and children’s work. I love to meet them, to hear something of their stories, […] Read More

I was in Berlin recently for the meetings of the European Baptist Federation. We took the painful decision to sell the buildings in Prague, which have been the home of the International Baptist Theological Seminary (IBTS) for the past 14 years.  The seminary has played a crucial part in the life of Baptists in Europe, and […] Read More

Are Baptists Protestants?

Are Baptists Protestants? I have pondered this question as I have attended the Assembly of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) in the beautiful city of Florence, Italy, during these past days.  The European Baptist Federation (EBF) is not a full member of CPCE because of our position on baptism.  We have an […] Read More

There is a special need for Baptists to pray for and remember the Middle East, according to Tony Peck, Baptist World Alliance (BWA) regional secretary for Europe and general secretary for the European Baptist Federation (EBF). The EBF includes conventions and unions in the Middle East. Peck expressed special concern for the Baptist church in […] Read More

The Baptist church life that once flourished in Homs, the heavily embattled Syrian city, has nearly died out. Only about 15 of the 175 worshippers remain. Such was the report from representatives of Baptist Unions in the Middle East to leaders of the EuropeanBaptistFederation (EBF) at a March 26 meeting in Amman, Jordan. The whole […] Read More

A wave of sympathy and shock followed the murders apparently committed by Anders Behring Breivik in Norway. Church leaders in Norway and internationally offered their prayers and condolences as the country struggled to come to terms with what had happened. The atrocity came very close to Norway’s small Baptist community. A nephew of Rev. Billy […] Read More

Global Baptist leaders began speaking out late this week against the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, as the military and humanitarian crises worsened. “We condemn both terrorism and state-sanctioned violence, especially when it targets innocent civilians,” said Tony Peck, general secretary for the European Baptist Federation, in a statement to member unions which include several […] Read More