The Scottish Baptist History Society asked Ian Balfour to give a Paper on this subject at their May 2006 meeting, held in Morningside Baptist Church, Edinburgh. As the proceedings of their six-monthly meetings are (regrettably) not published, the Paper is made available here.
When Ian completed his Ph.D. and was invited to lecture part-time on Church History at the Scottish Baptist College, he preferred to give an ‘overview’ of the two thousand years. He also did this three times, for eight weeks at a time, at the Asian Theological College in Manila in the Philippines in 2001 and 2002. He similarly taught students at the Faith Mission Bible College from 2008 to 2012 and at the Edinburgh Bible College from 2013 to 2016, as well as ‘Saturday only’ students at the Institute of Biblical Studies, held at the Carrubbers Christian Centre in Edinburgh, every year from 1995 to 2016.
Now that he is no longer able to deliver these lectures in person, he has been asked to make them available in this format, for any who would like an overview of Western Church History. Read More
1972, was a busy time for the Balfour family as they moved into their new home at Murrayfield.
Exams loomed for Lesley, Robin was kept busy with cubs and cricket, Jeremy started school at Edinburgh Academy and Sandy (2) enoyed his first swimming lesson. Read More
1961, and the Balfours celebrate the birth of Robin Francis and also Lesley’s second birthday. Once again congratulations from far and near were shared, some of which can be seen on the diary PDF. Read More
In the 1950s, the usual route for pupils at Edinburgh Academy who aspired to qualify as solicitors in Scotland, was to sit the Oxford and Cambridge Schools Examination Board School Certificate at age 16/17 and then to sit the Scottish Higher Leaving Certificate at age 17/18, in order to gain qualification for entrance to the University of Edinburgh for the combined degrees of Master of Arts and Bachelor of Laws. Read More
The Balfours continued to capture family footage on their cine film camera up until 1982. Here you can see footage from 1959 all the way through, covering family trips to the Isle Of Man, Yugolslavia, Italy, the south of France, Denmark and Germany. Read More
As he read various scholarly works for the Ph.D. thesis, if Ian had time and inclination he dictated, in English, some of the German and French works to his secretary in the office, who typed them on interleaved pages and often improved the English as she did so. Here are more of the resulting translated documents. Read More