June 8, 2023

Revisiting the Goodness of the Good News

by Mike Kuhn As I look back over the posts I have written on this blog, the trail of my mental meanderings on mission is evident. I was dealing with the academic critique of mission’s collusion with colonialism.[i] In doing so, the goodness of the good news grew murky. I’m […]
May 25, 2023

A Friendship That Never Stops Growing: 50 Years After the Historic Reconciliation between the Catholic and Coptic Orthodox Churches

Emad Botros It was not a bad idea to skip church last Sunday morning, and to just relax at home watching the service on SAT-7, a Middle Eastern satellite TV channel. Particularly so, when I found out that there was special coverage of the historic visit of the head of […]
May 11, 2023

The AI Controversy?

 Abed  Zien El Dien I was around 8 years old in the early ’90s when I got my first video game. It was the all-new Atari. I was amazed with how I could use a joystick to move characters on the TV. In a few years, I got an upgrade: […]
April 27, 2023

Towards a “Weak” Doctrine of Scripture: A Thought Experiment

 Kees van der Knijff God’s work in the world has a distinct character. It often moves against all expectations. God chooses the younger brother. He gets into a covenant with a marginal tribe that is more often disobedient than not. He comes to earth as the son of a carpenter […]
April 13, 2023

Easter Reflections From the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary For 2023

Kees van der Knijff Resurrection-Faith Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) John 20: 8-9 (NIV) What is resurrection-faith? Is it the kind of faith that has everything […]
March 16, 2023

The Function of Meshalim in Re-telling the Story of the Bible

By Walid Zailaa A few weeks ago I, with some of my colleagues at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS), visited some churches and seminaries in Sudan.  The strategy of periodically visiting our students in their contexts has been eye-opening for me. I have realized that most communities not only […]
March 2, 2023

Deconstructing the Kerygmatic?

By Martin Accad This year will mark nearly twenty years since I first began to think about the SEKAP spectrum for Christian-Muslim interaction. I have advocated for a moderate posture on a five-level continuum between Syncretism (D1: “all roads lead to Mecca”) and Polemics (D5: “aggressive and exclusivist”), with D2 […]
February 16, 2023

Let Us Continue the Conversation: The Bustani-Van Dyck Arabic Bible and the Discussion Around Inerrancy

By Wissam Nasrallah This blog is overly ambitious. I seek, in a very short space, to tackle two major topics that each deserve several pages to unpack. The first one revolves around textual criticism and the Bustani-Van Dyck Arabic translation of the Bible, while the second is an invitation to […]