July 18, 2024

Against Simplification: Embracing Complexity as a Theological Virtue

by Kees van der Knijff From time to time, at the end of a course or even upon graduation, a student sighs: “I have ended up with more questions than I had when I started to study.” Apparently, studying for several months or even years has not resulted in fewer […]
May 23, 2024

From Missio Dei to Motus Dei: The Recovery of Movement

By Wes Watkins We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God. This is true not only of the individual Christian, but of the company of Christians that composes the Church. Always the most revealing thing about the Church is her idea […]
May 9, 2024

My Journey Using Literary Context to Understand and Teach the Bible

By Dustin Ellington I first became deeply attached to the Bible when, in my early teens, my family went through a difficult time. One day during this period I sensed God saying to me, “You haven’t tried reading my word.” I took my Bible from a shelf, started reading it, […]
April 11, 2024

A 21st Century Reformation: Inevitable Pruning

By Walid Zailaa In a world that is constantly evolving and changing, it is crucial that the church remains open to reevaluating its practices and beliefs. The concept of reformation has been a cornerstone of the Protestant faith, but perhaps it is time for the church today to take a […]
March 28, 2024

The Power of Liturgy: Journeying Toward A Deeper Understanding of Easter Celebration

By Chelsea Hurlburt I grew up in a church where “liturgy” was a bad word. “Liturgy” meant dead ritual, and for those from my non-denominational church tradition, liturgical practice implied faithless, routinized worship. Yet over the years as a Christian, I’ve grown to appreciate liturgy as a platform on which […]
March 14, 2024

Pondering Division and Unity in Lebanon and Beyond

by Loulwa El Maalouf Lebanon remains a failed state, and God continues to remind us that there is hope. This blog post is not about new ideas, but rather musings on how God can always use His church for His purposes, and how a church united leads others to know […]
February 29, 2024

Shaped by Books: Personal Reflections

by Elie Haddad Unquestionably, there is no book that has shaped my life like the Bible, God’s written word. No contest. However, God also uses many other spiritual and theological books to deepen my understanding of Him and His word, to challenge my preconceptions, and to spur me into action. […]
November 9, 2023

The Predicament of Confrontation

by Bassem Melki Following the October blog by Sherri Ellington (“Layers of Peace”) about MEC 2023, I want to shed light on the issue of confrontation (which was raised during MEC 2023 and will be tackled again during MEC 2024) as an important step of peacemaking that we cannot neglect […]