April 7, 2022

Practicing Theology in Ramadan: How Actions Shape Our Talk About God  

By Caleb Hutcherson Another Sunday afternoon and we’re walking home from church, my kids and I, through densely packed streets of Hamra, Beirut. My eldest and I are discussing how Ramadan is approaching and how for our family it means we’ll refrain from eating in public in this neighborhood during […]
March 31, 2022

Even Super Moms Need Serious Support

By Smyrna Khalaf As we were celebrating Mother’s Day last week, I was thinking about moms in Lebanon during these uncertain times. Yes, we feel that people have gotten used to COVID-19 but there is still a lot of uncertainty effecting daily life. The uncertainty of the economic situation, the […]
March 24, 2022

Political Theology in an Antireligious World

By Martin Accad Many today are angry at religion, or at least disappointed with it. Rightly so perhaps, since so much violence is carried out in God’s name. In the MENA part of the world, anger and disappointment were manifest in the so-called “Arab Spring” protests that began near the […]
March 17, 2022

Drawing Lines in Our Wartime Prayers

By Kees van der Knijff We were sitting around the table with our small kids. As we are used to, at the end of dinner we were about to pray together. The kids had been exposed to rumors of war on this first day of the conflict in Ukraine. It […]
March 10, 2022

Let’s Be Honest, Christianity Has a Sobering History of Violence Against Muslims

By Brent Hamoud There’s no denying that violence has an unfortunate place in Muslim and Christian history, but too often our historical narratives are laden with denial. Common presumptions position Islam as the antagonistic force versus Christianity as vivid examples of violence (of which there are many) committed by Muslims […]
March 3, 2022

“Where Are Your Parents?”: Child Exploitation in Lebanon Today

By Teresa Sfeir The boy seemed to be no more than twelve the first time he tapped on my car window and asked for money as I waited at an intersection. The children standing next to him were even younger. The memory is almost amusing—and you might be wondering what […]
February 24, 2022

How a Secular Podcast on Harry Potter Taught Me to Read the Bible

by Nabil Habibi In my Lebanese Evangelical tradition we treat the Bible as a sacred text. Here is the thing though: growing up in my local church and Evangelical community I was rarely taught any sacred reading practices! I have been consistently told to read my Bible daily – which […]
February 17, 2022

Yunan or Yūnus? Re-Considering the Relationship between the Bible and the Qur’an

By Emad Botros As I was reading my colleague Martin Accad’s ABTS Blog article from last year, “What’s in a Name?: A Case for Using ‘Isa in Arabic Translations of the Bible,” my mind continually turned to another Biblical figure, Jonah, who appears in the Arabic Bible under the name […]