Church

July 26, 2018

Priesthood of All Believers or Priesthood of the Ordained? أهو كهنوت جميع المؤمنين أم كهنوت الإكليروس؟

By Elie Haddad In my last blog post in February, I wrote about women in seminary. I based my main argument on the priesthood of all believers. In this post, I intend to dig deeper into this topic of priesthood. What is the priesthood of all believers and why does […]
May 31, 2018

Lebanese Politics: What is the Point? السياسة اللبنانية: لمَ التعب؟

By Elias Ghazal The recent parliamentary elections in Lebanon demonstrated that Lebanese politics is largely predictable, although not impregnable. The last time the Lebanese elected their political representatives was in 2009. Lebanese are overwhelmingly angry about the political corruption, economic stagnation, and social degradation in their country. Sectarian leaders from […]
February 22, 2018

Should Women Teach in Seminary? هل من المقبول أن تعلّم النساء في كليّات اللاهوت؟

(أستاذة في كلية اللاهوت المعمدانية العربية تدرّب الطلاب في مهارات المشورة | Photo: ABTS professor training students in counseling skills)  By Elie Haddad John Piper released a new episode on his podcast on January 22, 2018 entitled “Is There a Place for Female Professors at Seminary?” His conclusion is consistent with his […]
January 11, 2018

“Whose Promised Land?” A Sermon “الأرض المقدسة لمن”

(On Sunday, 10 December 2017, Rev. Dr. Hikmat Kashouh was inspired to preach the above sermon, titled, “Whose Promised Land?” As Research Professor with a focus on the New Testament and Biblical Interpretation at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) and Senior Pastor at Resurrection Church Beirut (RCB), it is our […]
July 27, 2017

Reflections on Citizenship

By Elie Haddad I am a native Lebanese citizen. I was born and raised in Lebanon. I love Lebanon, despite the insecurity, uncertainty, and corruption that characterize the country, and despite having grown up during the civil war. Lebanon has left its mark on me. Even the years of the […]
July 6, 2017

How Should Arab Christians React to Persecution?

By Martin Accad The Arab Baptist Theological Seminary has just completed its fourteenth Middle East Conference/Consultation, organized by its Institute of Middle East Studies, the highlights of which were presented last week through our blog. Under the overarching concept of “disorienting times,” we explored the four themes of “Persecution and […]
June 30, 2017

How Can the Church Be Prophetic in Today’s Disorienting Times? Highlights from Middle East Consultation 2017

From June 19 to 23, 200 participants from over 20 nationalities participated in our annual Middle East Consultation (MEC) titled The Church in Disorienting Times: Leading Prophetically through Adversity. Each of the first 4 days of MEC focused on one theme. This year, morning sessions began with a theological keynote, […]
April 6, 2017

The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Were the Culmination of His Life and Teaching: An Easter Reflection

By Martin Accad In the gospel of John, chapter 12 (1-8), we read the story of a woman called Mary, who anointed Jesus’ feet with perfume. But who was this enigmatic Mary character, and what was the significance of her act? 1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to […]