Martin Accad

January 16, 2020

The Assassination of Qassem Suleimani Reopens the Festering Wounds of Victimhood in a Region in Need of Deep Healing

by Martin Accad The targeted assassination of Qassem Suleimani and of Abou Mahdi al-Muhandis at Baghdad Airport, authorized by President Donald Trump in the early morning of the January 3rd , officially baptized the new year of 2020 with blood. The elimination of the Major General of the Quds Force […]
December 19, 2019

Confronted by Hope… A Revolutionary Lesson in Resisting Cynicism and Despair

By Martin Accad I arrive to a road block on my way to work in the Greater Beirut area. Young men are manning it, feeding the black smoke emerging from burning tires. Other iron and wood materials are strewn around randomly across the road. Cars and scooters dot the site […]
December 3, 2019

Syria Brief – December 2019

The Turkish Incursion into Northern Syria Reveals a Story of Kurdish Redemption by Martin Accad News On 7 October 2019, US President Donald Trump announced that he would begin the withdrawal of American troops from northern Syria, where they had been providing airpower support primarily to Kurdish forces on the […]
November 11, 2019

Iraq Brief – November 2019

During these Times of Revolution, the Church Needs to Offer an Alternative to the Dominant Model by Martin Accad News In the month of October 2019, the global media reported the arrival of new disturbances, protests, and violent government reprisals and deaths in Iraq. As of early November, the death […]
October 17, 2019

Sacred Misinterpretation: Debunking 5 Myths across the Christian-Muslim Divide (Part 2)

by Martin Accad   Myth #3: The Qur’an teaches Muslims that the Bible was corrupted This third myth has been one of the most enduring ones in conversations between Christians and Muslims, both at popular and scholarly levels. The Qur’an has a number of passages that contain the verb ḥarrafa, […]
October 10, 2019

Sacred Misinterpretation: Debunking 5 Myths across the Christian-Muslim Divide (Part 1)

 by Martin Accad Today’s path to Christian-Muslim dialogue and relationships is riddled with a great number of obstacles. What Christians write about Islam and what Muslims write about Christianity can no longer be hidden in obscure anonymous pamphlets or embedded in in-group conversations. As a result of globalization, migration, and […]
August 29, 2019

Jesus, Muslims and the Qur’ān: in search for KERYGMATIC peacebuilding

by Martin Accad My friend Peter believes that the Qur’ānic portrayal of Jesus stands in complete contradiction with the New Testament witness. He was once called Ahmad, but when he converted to Christianity after consistently watching polemical programs about Islam on satellite television, he became convinced that in order to […]
August 1, 2019

Theological Education as Formation for Prophetic Ministry

by Martin Accad When we think about theological education in a country like Lebanon, we are forced to think differently from the way that seminary education has traditionally been understood in Europe or North America. In many seminaries around the world, both in the west and sadly also in the […]