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 […]
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 15, 2022

Cultural Blinders to Discipleship

by Mike Kuhn In Matthew 16, Peter has just made his confession that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus responds with affirmation, the likes of which we scarcely hear from his lips. “You are Peter (the rock) and on this rock, I will build my […]
July 14, 2022

Can We Learn From the Qur’an?: The Prayer of Yūnus

by Emad Botros In a previous ABTS Blog post I made the argument that the Jonah of the Bible and the Yūnus of the Quran are the same character. The post concluded with the questions: is it possible to learn from the Qur’an? Can the Qur’an help us as we develop theology […]
June 16, 2022

“In Christ” in Crisis: Lessons from Paul

by Elie Haddad The New Testament expression in Christ, which was heavily used by the Apostle Paul, has always intrigued me. It is a curious way of describing our relationship to Christ, or to God in Christ. These days, living in a perpetual crisis in Lebanon, the notion of in […]
June 9, 2022

Yearning for Mercy: A Christian Reaction to the Death of Non-Believers

by Nabil Habibi My colleague, Abed, reflected last week on the death of the Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and the subsequent debate among Muslims about whether it is acceptable to wish mercy on a dead Christian. Building on his own research of the effects of attitude on relationships, Abed […]
June 2, 2022

Abu Akleh and the Religious Other

By Abed Zein El Dien On May 11, Shireen Abu Akleh, a journalist and longtime TV correspondent for Al Jazeera Arabic in Palestine, was shot dead by the Israeli forces while covering army raids in the city of Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank. Her death is a tragedy […]