Walid Zailaa

January 6, 2022

Though Ashamed of My Country, I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel

By Walid Zailaa “I’m ashamed of my country Lebanon.” This was my first thought in 2022. Born and raised in Lebanon, I always felt proud of being Lebanese, the land of the cedars. I am, nevertheless, feeling these days ashamed of my country. I’m not even willing to describe what […]
September 30, 2021

The Re-Modeling of the 21st Century Church into a Business-Like Enterprise: An Unsettling Trend of Ecclesiology

by Walid Zailaa Two years ago, I was privileged to be invited to serve as a pastor of a local church. In my relatively new capacity, I am always faced with the question of connections, networks, and partnerships (especially with the West) to such a degree that I thought for […]
April 8, 2021

Making a Bad Situation Worse: The Ravi Zacharias Scandal and The Temptation to Whitewash Sin

By Walid Zailaa Recently, many Christian thinkers, pastors, and church leaders have pondered over the shocking allegations of sexual misconduct against the late Ravi Zacharias. To help their congregations absorb the reality of what went wrong with the “great” Ravi, many rushed to either defend, attack, or try by any […]
November 25, 2020

It Is OK for Christians to Love Their Country

By Walid Zailaa Last Sunday, Lebanon commemorated Independence Day. A year has passed without much hope. The one-year-old revolution that did unite for the first time the dreams of the Lebanese people against the corrupted ruling elite is fading away and with it the hope of a true independent Lebanon […]
June 4, 2020

The Power of Stories

By Walid Zailaa Long after I hear sermons, the parts that usually remain most vividly in my mind are the pictures painted through the telling of stories. These tales oftentimes resemble my own personal stories, and through them I have learned lessons, come to decisions, and made significant U-turns in […]
December 12, 2019

The Power of Having Nothing to Lose

by Walid Zailaa It is no secret that the outbreak of revolutions in the various areas of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, and lately in Lebanon, has revealed an ugly truth of the systematic impoverishment of the people over decades. Instead of seeking the welfare of their […]
January 31, 2019

Education, Leadership, and Mission: A Critical View in a Critical Age

by Walid Zailaa In a Middle East where corruption has become an integral part of the social fabric, where oppression has become the language of the strong, where poverty has taken its toll on the majority; in a Middle East where everything is permissible to everyone, where leadership is a […]