July 20, 2023

Lebanon, Failed Leaders, and Steward Leaders as a Model by the Church

By Loulwa El Maalouf Political leaders in my country, Lebanon, have continuously shown that they are the best in so many areas! The best in escaping accountability, the best in finding creative ways for corruption, and the best in attracting blind followers. I have recently been doing a lot of […]
July 6, 2023

Christian Purpose and Meaning in Late-Stage Capitalism

By Jad Tabet I have recently been hooked on an animated series that my friend recommended to me after finding out that I enjoy Japanese narratives. Part of the draw of these narratives for many Arab young adults is that they combine aspects from both the shame-and-honor cultures of the […]
June 22, 2023

Liberating Arab Evangelicalism from Patriarchy through Inclusive Community

By Caleb Hutcherson Patriarchy is a way of organizing social relationships that privileges the authority of men over women. And patriarchal social patterns permeate Arabic-speaking evangelicalism. But there are also remarkable resources within Arab evangelicalism that can liberate it. Some research I did several years ago with theology students at […]
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 […]