Social Justice

December 9, 2021

O Little Town of Bethlehem, Do We Still Not See How Thee Lie?

By Brent Hamoud It’s nice to go to Bethlehem this time of year as starry imaginations lead us to the site of the first Christmas. Popular depictions of the Nativity story invariably include scenes of a pregnant young lady and her anxious husband searching for a resting place among crowded […]
November 25, 2021

The Dangers of Praying for Lebanon: A Theological Reflection on Prayer, Economics, and National Blessing

By Nabil Habibi As we celebrated Lebanon’s Independence Day this week, and as the economic crisis continues to deepen, there have been renewed calls from Christians to pray for Lebanon. I have always felt uneasy about praying for my country. I do believe that prayer is essential. An active prayer […]
November 11, 2021

Middle East Consultation 2021 Recap Series: “The Church’s Engagement with Society”

By Martin Accad From September 30 to October 2, ABTS hosted the Middle East Consultation 2021 entitled “Towards a Dynamic Church: Making Disciples, Developing Leaders, and Engaging Society in Lebanon and Beyond.” During the three-day online event, we invited local, regional, and global voices to consider urgent matters of faith […]
October 14, 2021

The Maddening Guide for Christian Organizations to Send Much Needed Aid to Syria

By Wissam Al Saliby Imagine that a Christian or a church in the U.S. or in Europe is eager to partner with Syrians in Syria for church ministry and to serve the poor. They get in touch with a small group of faithful believers who are actively ministering in their […]
September 23, 2021

Repost- Death in the Shadows of Displacement: Forced Migration, Deathliness, and the Hope for Life

By Brent Hamoud This is a revised version of a post first published in 2018 How do we share a world with over 82 million victims of displacement? This is a defining question of the 21st century as unprecedented numbers of individuals have been uprooted from their homes and thrust into precarious […]
September 2, 2021

The Agony of Afghanistan

by Mike Kuhn No need to review recent events in Afghanistan. We all know. The result is agonizing for much of the world, elating, perhaps, for some. No claim to a comprehensive treatment here…there’s far too much to consider—the massive toll in human lives from 20 years of military occupation, […]
August 19, 2021

The ABTS Blog: A New Brand for a Long-Established Platform

By Elie Haddad The stated purpose of our blog is to “provide theological reflections by ABTS voices about pressing matters of faith and witness in the Middle East and beyond.” There is no shortage of high-quality theological reflections on pressing matters of faith and witness around the globe. We read […]
August 12, 2021

Summer Repost- Standing on the Edge of a River: Palestine, Israel, and Identity

By Nabil Habiby This post that was first published by IMES in November 2018 It has been a rough week for Palestinians. They witnessed yet more Arab concessions to Israel. Their land continues to shrink. Their hopes of ever achieving freedom from oppression grow slimmer. It has been a rough […]