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 […]
September 1, 2022

Unlocking Peace Ministry in the Middle East: Announcing the Middle East Consultation 2022

Everything is affected whenever peace is missing. Absolutely everything! Conflict has a way of harming all areas of the human experience. We all know too well the pain and confusion undermining peace throughout our nations, our communities, and our own souls in regrettable ways. It disorients and forces us to […]
July 28, 2022

Rethinking the “Problem” of Childlessness

by Rabih Hasbany Dear Readers, The ABTS Blog will be on Summer Break during the month of August. See you in September! Every time my church celebrates Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, I automatically think of those who do not have children. I think of them too every time I […]
July 21, 2022

Can Bad Pizza Survive in a Shame-Based Culture? What About Us?

by Bassem Melki In 2010, Domino’s Pizza, one of the biggest food chains in the world, had a problem. Although they had the speediest delivery service, the pizza quality was so bad that Domino’s CEO Patrick Doyle said, “we had somehow created a situation where people liked our pizza less […]
July 14, 2022

Can We Learn From the Qur’an?: The Prayer of Yūnus

by Emad Botros In a previous ABTS Blog post I made the argument that the Jonah of the Bible and the Yūnus of the Quran are the same character. The post concluded with the questions: is it possible to learn from the Qur’an? Can the Qur’an help us as we develop theology […]
July 7, 2022

The Disturbing Daughters of Hope: Reflections on Spiritual Muscle for Troubled Times

by Kees van der Knijff If you move to a different country, like I did a little over a year ago, you may start to see many things in a different light. Things you thought were self-evident appear not to be so. Things you consider rare can appear to be […]
June 23, 2022

Service Versus Sitting at Jesus’ Feet: While Doing Good, Do We Miss the Best?

by Dustin Ellington I’d like to share the story of a conversation I once had sitting around a table in Zambia with students from numerous Southern African countries. (Before my recent appointment to the core faculty of ABTS, I was a lecturer in New Testament at Justo Mwale University in […]
June 16, 2022

“In Christ” in Crisis: Lessons from Paul

by Elie Haddad The New Testament expression in Christ, which was heavily used by the Apostle Paul, has always intrigued me. It is a curious way of describing our relationship to Christ, or to God in Christ. These days, living in a perpetual crisis in Lebanon, the notion of in […]