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International Baptist Theological Seminary

Baptist unions across Europe are being consulted on the future of the International Baptist Theological Seminary (IBTS), which is facing a funding crisis brought on by the global economic crisis.   The European Baptist Federation-owned seminary in Prague has seen its income drop by 50 percent for the current academic year.    Its newly-established strategy […] Read More

An international gathering of Christian leaders at a Baptist seminary in the Czech Republic explored ways for Israeli and Palestinian believers to build bridges between their communities. Delegates from more than 20 countries unanimously adopted a “Prague Declaration” calling on the church to become an agent of healing instead of division in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. […] Read More

Construction of the Berlin Wall began on Aug. 13, 1961. Erected almost overnight to prevent East Berliners from defecting to the West, the wall became the most conspicuous symbol of the Cold War’s division of Europe. In August 1989, I was enjoying the company of my colleague and friend—a young German scientist named Keil—and the […] Read More

Postmodernism means different things to different people. Some are so fascinated with current changes in social, artistic and intellectual life that they believe a new age has already dawned. Others are so frustrated by these changes that they deny the existence of any significant cultural shift. They think it’s only in the minds of ill-intentioned […] Read More

Baptists have always had a keen sense of political consciousness and social concern. Certainly the separation of church and state is a commonly accepted Baptist distinctive. However, the very notion of separation emerged when European Baptists were active socially and politically. In the 16th century, Balthasar Hubmaier, leader of a large Anabaptist community in the […] Read More

A U.S. sociologist once teasingly shared that the difference between evangelicals in Europe and the United States is that the Europeans tend to be more relaxed about alcohol, while the Americans are more uptight about it. While memorable, this observation does not always seem to be true. Consider this story. The people of Estonia used […] Read More