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Author Elie Haddad

Elie Haddad is president of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon.

The priesthood of all believers is a vital tenet of the faith and often misunderstood. Simply put, it means every believer in the community is a full-time minister of the gospel, set apart for ministry. […] Read More

I am a native Lebanese citizen. I was born and raised in Lebanon. I love Lebanon, despite the insecurity, uncertainty and corruption that characterize the country, and despite having grown up during the civil war. Lebanon has left its mark on me. Even the years of the war have contributed to shaping me into the […] Read More

I attended the European Baptist Federation’s council meetings in Bucharest in September. Baptist leaders from all across Europe and the Middle East participated in these meetings. Several leaders from various Middle Eastern countries gave an update of their ministries. The expectation was to hear about the terrible tragedies that are taking place in the Middle […] Read More

A Turkish theologian and a friend of mine describes the theologies that frequently govern the ministry of churches serving in a majority non-Christian context like ours at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Beirut, Lebanon. The first is a theology of retreat, where churches function in survival mode, just wanting to be left alone. That’s […] Read More

A question has been on my mind a lot lately. What should the role of the church be in the context of our troubled region? How should the church respond to its changing realities as the Arab Spring is unfolding? We can observe a variety of responses around us. Mostly, there is fear. Many Christians are alarmed […] Read More