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Zagreb Bible Institute News  -  November 2018
 
New Academic Year Begins

Our academic year started on Monday, October 1.
Course offerings for the fall/winter semester include:

 
  • Worldview: An Invisible Force that Shapes Croatia
  • The Catholic Church and Churches of the Reformation Heritage: Similarities and Differences
  • How to Distinguish Between Healthy and Unhealthy Doctrine

This semester, we are also offering our first completely online course, with students from Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Germany.
 
 

Center for Biblical Research (CBI) News

In the summer, our CBI published the second of a multi-volume collection of translations of the Psalms. This volume is in the modern Burgenland Croatian language, spoken by ethnic Croats who have historically lived in the Burgenland region of Austria. This book, and the first volume of CBI’s “Croatian Psalter,” were featured at an exhibit of Croatian Bible translations, sponsored by the Zagreb archdiocese.


CBI continues to offer well-attended courses in Biblical Hebrew. CBI also added to their course offerings this fall: Modern Hebrew, New Testament Greek, and “The Bible Series: Genesis 1-12.”



 

Kairos Receiving Much Interest

In September, our theological journal, Kairos, was the 28th most viewed (out of 447 journals) on the Croatian web portal for scholarly journals. It was also the 11th most downloaded, more than any other theological journal in Croatia. The majority of the articles downloaded were those having to do with how to read and understand the Bible. It is encouraging to know that Kairos is having this kind of impact, and that people in Croatia appear to be hungry to better understand the Bible and its truths.
 
Student Spotlight
Nenad Stjepanović

 
Our former student, Nenad Stjepanović, is now serving as a missionary among international students in Latvia.
 
Faculty Spotlight
Ervin Budiselić

Currently working to complete his dissertation for his Ph.D., Ervin is not only one of our teachers, he is also our Academic Dean. Ervin works seemingly tirelessly in this role. He frequently works with faculty on a variety of academic and administrative issues. He meets frequently with local church leaders, to find out how the Institute can better meet the needs of churches. Ervin is also a church leader himself, both leading worship and occasionally preaching for Christ’s Free Church in Samobor. He and his wife Romana have two children.

 
 
Evangelical Theological Society of Croatia Founded

In June, the first meeting of the founding assembly of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETD) of Croatia was held at our facility in Zagreb. This meeting was attended by representatives of the Zagreb Bible Institute and the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek. The purpose of this society is to conduct research and apply biblical, evangelical teaching. The initiative to establish the society came from our own Kairos – Evangelical Theological Journal. Our faculty have also been involved in this effort. The continuation of this meeting was held in September. At that meeting, the society was officially founded, the statutes adopted, and guidelines were set for its further work.

 

 

Special Seminars Held – Marriage, Peacemaking, Church Leadership

In June, The Institute, along with the Kušlanova Church of Christ, hosted Justin Gerhardt (pulpit minister for the Round Rock Church of Christ, in Round Rock, Texas) and his wife Jennifer, for three separate, well-attended public seminars. The topics of the seminars were:
  • Partners: God’s Vision for Marriage
  • Peacemaking: Resolving Conflicts Between Christians
  • Vision-centric Church Leadership: Making Sure You’re Doing the Most Important Thing
 

Public Lectures – Gospel of John

In July, the Institute hosted American scholar, Stan Harstine, from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, for two public lectures on the Gospel of John. Held in conjunction with these lectures was a scholarly panel on the topic, The Spirit of God and New Birth in the Gospel of John. Involved in this panel, along with Dr. Harstine, were our own professor Dr. Danijel Berković, president Dr. Perry Stepp, and guest professors, Dr. Ksenija Magda, and Dr. Greg Thellman.

 

 

Champs Camp VIII

In June, we marked the eighth year of our Champs Camp, a day camp for elementary school aged children. This camp is held at both our building, and at the large park at Jarun Lake. This summer we served around 100 children and their families over two weeks of the camp. As usual, the children enjoyed a lot of fun through Bible lessons, crafts, games, skits, and lots of singing. We again had a great group of volunteers from the Southside Church of Christ in Lexington, Kentucky. We also had about 20 Croatian teenagers who helped with the camps. These teens were all campers themselves in years past.
 
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