April 25, 2024

Where can Wisdom be found? Fearing God and Shunning Evil as Transformation

By Grace Al-Zoughbi In surveying the calamites of the twenty-first century, particularly in our Middle Eastern region, it becomes important to be reminded that true wisdom cannot be found without reference to God. Wisdom is nowadays sought in debatable and deceptive places. “To fear the Lord” and “to shun evil” […]
January 4, 2024

ABTS Christmas and New Year’s Blog

The following is a shared Christmas and New Year post written by ABTS faculty. The contributors articulate ideas around the “Eternal Weight of Glory,” “The Dwelling Place of God,” the “New Birth,” and “A Child of Bethlehem.” A timely reminder, that God is with us in our challenging times. “An […]
November 23, 2023

Getting to the Roots of Peacemaking: Perspective on Initiatives and Confrontation

by Dustin Ellington I was inspired by what I saw and heard at this year’s Middle East Consultation (MEC) focusing on “My Peace I Give You: Practicing Peace in the Middle East.” It was my first time attending the MEC. What I found most inspiring was hearing stories and explanations […]
October 12, 2023

Layers of Peace: Highlights from the 2023 Middle East Consultation at ABTS

By Sherri Ellington This year’s Middle East Consultation – which happens to be my first ever, and I was touched, impressed, and inspired – was called “My Peace I Give You: Practicing Peace in the Middle East.” It was the second year in a row for the MEC to be […]
September 14, 2023

The Bible’s Words in Our Neighborhood Dialects

By Elia Shehata The good news concerning the redemption of Jesus Christ was first shared orally and after a while, under the Holy Spirit’s leadership, was written down in the Greek language. When the Gospels were written down, the Greek was already a translation from an Aramaic oral message containing […]
April 13, 2023

Easter Reflections From the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary For 2023

Kees van der Knijff Resurrection-Faith Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) John 20: 8-9 (NIV) What is resurrection-faith? Is it the kind of faith that has everything […]
March 30, 2023

Toxic Positivity: Biblical Perspectives on a Harmful Trend

Smyrna Khalaf In a world that values happiness and success above all else, toxic positivity has increasingly become a widespread issue. The term – Toxic Positivity – has been trending on social media among counselors, psychologists, and coaches, leading people to question their approach towards being positive. Toxic Positivity refers […]
January 19, 2023

Things We Carry as We Go: Reflections on Lebanese Youth Who Left

Teresa Sfeir “All the Lebanese immigrants I know keep talking about Lebanon, but no one wants to come back,” Samar shared. Samar, 27, has been in the UAE since 2020. Returning is not an option for her because she has gotten used to the sense of stability that the UAE […]