January 19, 2023

Things We Carry as We Go: Reflections on Lebanese Youth Who Left

Teresa Sfeir “All the Lebanese immigrants I know keep talking about Lebanon, but no one wants to come back,” Samar shared. Samar, 27, has been in the UAE since 2020. Returning is not an option for her because she has gotten used to the sense of stability that the UAE […]
January 5, 2023

The Sphere of Christ’s Presence: A Christmas Compass through the Holy Land

Grace Al-Zoughbi The context where the first Christmas occurred is deeply inviting, thoroughly inspiring, and ultimately transforming. This is also the context where I was born and raised. In the Middle East, Christmas is celebrated three times annually: 25 December according to the Gregorian calendar, 7 January according to the […]
December 22, 2022

ABTS Christmas Blog

The following is a shared Christmas post written by ABTS faculty. The contributors articulate ideas around the Lord’s incarnation, humility and meaningful love. A timely reminder, lest we get swept away with the festivities of the season.   Having the Mindset of Christ by Elie Haddad “In your relationships with […]
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. […]
November 10, 2022

Let’s Talk (Dis)ability

By Abed  Zien El Dien From my childhood I can remember my father sitting too close to the TV screen or asking me or my sister to read for him, since he was diagnosed with Stargardt, a rare genetic eye disease that has no cure. People with disabilities are all […]
October 27, 2022

National Peace: Part three of the Middle East Consultation 2022 Blog Series

 Kees van der Knijff From September 21 to September 23, ABTS hosted the online Middle East Consultation 2022 entitled “Peace I Leave With You: Theories and Practices for Peace Ministry in the Middle East.” A collection of contributors gathered virtually to help us consider how the Church can be peacemakers in […]
October 13, 2022

Community Peace: Part Two of the Middle East Consultation 2022 Blog Series

Grace Al-Zoughbi From September 21 to September 23, ABTS hosted the online Middle East Consultation 2022 entitled “Peace I Leave With You: Theories and Practices for Peace Ministry in the Middle East.” A collection of contributors gathered virtually to help us consider how the Church can be peacemakers in times of […]
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 […]