September 14, 2023

The Bible’s Words in Our Neighborhood Dialects

By Elia Shehata The good news concerning the redemption of Jesus Christ was first shared orally and after a while, under the Holy Spirit’s leadership, was written down in the Greek language. When the Gospels were written down, the Greek was already a translation from an Aramaic oral message containing […]
August 31, 2023

At the Splintering End of Institutional Evangelicalism: Christian Nationalism and Theological Progressivism

By Wes Watkins As I have read the Gospels over the years, the belief has grown in me that Christ did not come to found an organized religion but came instead to found an unorganized one. He seems to have come to carry religion out of the temples into the […]
August 17, 2023

The Sin of Talking about Sin

By Elie Haddad In ABTS’s latest blog post, Walid Zailaa expressed his concern for the church to remain faithful to its theological convictions amid a society that does not subscribe to a unified metanarrative. Walid argued that being tolerant should not mean that the Church remains silent on issues it […]
August 3, 2023

Is Tolerance the Only Deciding Factor?

By Walid Zailaa Contemporary societies seem to have abandoned the idea of a single overarching narrative—one story— that defines their existence. Instead, we rely more today on the concept of “tolerance” to promote peaceful coexistence among diverse individuals and communities. Though tolerance is a positive value, it has become the […]
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 […]