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 25, 2024

Where can Wisdom be found? Fearing God and Shunning Evil as Transformation

By Grace Al-Zoughbi In surveying the calamites of the twenty-first century, particularly in our Middle Eastern region, it becomes important to be reminded that true wisdom cannot be found without reference to God. Wisdom is nowadays sought in debatable and deceptive places. “To fear the Lord” and “to shun evil” […]
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. […]
February 15, 2024

Whether or Not to Adjust: Living through Tension while Teaching in the Middle East

by Emad Botros Living and teaching in the Middle East in the last few years raises the challenge of one’s continuous adjustment to the ongoing unrest in the region. Every time we try to “adjust” to a new reality resulting from instability, a new development takes place: for example, the […]
February 1, 2024

Restoration of Art for God’s Glory

by Lydia Kelliney “The dance reflects the movement of God, which also moves us upon the earth. The drama presupposes the holy play between God and man. Verbal art is the hymn of praise in which the Eternal and his works are represented. Architecture reveals to us the lines of […]