Church

November 29, 2018

The Church-Mosque Network as an Expression of the Incarnation: A Message for Advent

By Martin Accad Two sheikhs, three priests, and an evangelical theologian walk out of a mosque in the warm breeze of a late afternoon in June. Cars slow down and stare at the unlikely crew, as they move slowly beneath the elegant spire of the Aisha Bint Abi Bakr mosque […]
October 24, 2018

The Unholy Alliances Surrounding the Khashoggi Affair

By Martin Accad Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and moderately outspoken critic of Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Salman, became an unlikely household name for most of us this month. After choosing self-imposed exile – apparently for security reasons last year – he became a US resident and a regular columnist […]
July 26, 2018

Priesthood of All Believers or Priesthood of the Ordained?

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 […]