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 […]
December 22, 2022

ABTS Christmas Blog

The following is a shared Christmas post written by ABTS faculty. The contributors articulate ideas around the Lord’s incarnation, humility and meaningful love. A timely reminder, lest we get swept away with the festivities of the season.   Having the Mindset of Christ by Elie Haddad “In your relationships with […]
November 24, 2022

Movemental Disciple Making: Beyond Institutions and Individualism

Written by Wes Watkins “Just get them to come to church and leave the rest up to me,” explained my pastor. This was the beginning of my ministry into disciple making many years ago during my college years. Each Sunday, I tried to bring a few new people to church. […]
September 29, 2022

Personal Peace: Part One of the Middle East Consultation 2022 Blog Series

by Emad Botros and Bassem Melki From September 21 to September 23, ABTS hosted the online Middle East Consultation 2022 entitled “Peace I Leave With You: Theories and Practices for Peace Ministry in the Middle East.” A collection of contributors gathered virtually to help us consider how the Church can be […]
September 1, 2022

Unlocking Peace Ministry in the Middle East: Announcing the Middle East Consultation 2022

Everything is affected whenever peace is missing. Absolutely everything! Conflict has a way of harming all areas of the human experience. We all know too well the pain and confusion undermining peace throughout our nations, our communities, and our own souls in regrettable ways. It disorients and forces us to […]
June 23, 2022

Service Versus Sitting at Jesus’ Feet: While Doing Good, Do We Miss the Best?

by Dustin Ellington I’d like to share the story of a conversation I once had sitting around a table in Zambia with students from numerous Southern African countries. (Before my recent appointment to the core faculty of ABTS, I was a lecturer in New Testament at Justo Mwale University in […]