Education

January 9, 2015

Can Islam Be Reformed?

By Martin Accad Addressing the question of reform and renewal in Islam at MPAC’s 2014 general convention last month, the late Dr. Maher Hathout who passed away a few days ago on January 3rd compared Islam to a diamond. He confessed that this diamond had gathered much dust over the […]
November 6, 2014

Video: MRel Students Share about the Program’s Impact on their Ministries

The Master of Religion in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MRel in MENA Studies) program is a unique and innovative multidisciplinary program of IMES based at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Beirut, Lebanon. In the videos below, four MRel students living and ministering in the Middle East – […]
October 2, 2014

Christians at the Heart of the Middle East’s Future

By Martin Accad Three weeks ago, on September 9-11, 2014, the well-publicized conference entitled ‘In Defense of Christians’ (IDC) was held in Washington, D.C. As Arab Christians, we are grateful for this gigantic effort. There are numerous positive aspects to this initiative. A large proportion of the speakers were actually senior […]
May 17, 2014

Speaking Out: Muslim Leaders Respond to the Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls

By Arthur Brown The kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian girls from their school by the Islamist Group Boko Haram has shocked the world. #Bringbackourgirls has become a Twitter phenomenon, with over 3.3 million tweets from across the planet. Celebrities have come out in support of the campaign, along with global […]
April 3, 2014

Overcoming Fear: Reflections on Intentional Interfaith Activities

By Arthur Brown IMES is intentionally involved in a range of interfaith activities. Within Lebanon, this usually involves bringing together Evangelical Christians with both Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims in a variety of contexts. One such context is our annual Middle East Consultation, where during specific evening forums we invite well respected […]
March 27, 2014

Unity, a Sore Spot…

By Mike Kuhn I grew up in a place where my family drove past three or four churches to get to the one we attended. Unconsciously, I absorbed a type of pride in the way we did things in our church and sometimes made comparisons with kids in my school […]
March 20, 2014

When the State Starts Crumbling… A Theology of Staying

By Martin Accad Sometimes, Lebanon is charming! When you approach the Lebanese coast as your plane takes position for landing, the beautiful mountains gushing out so close to the glassy sea captivate your attention. When you drive up the windy mountain roads of the Qadisha valley, you are taken by […]
March 6, 2014

Can Theological Education Influence Society?

By Rupen Das Last week, ABTS hosted a conference organized by Overseas Council where one of the questions asked was: “How can the effectiveness of a theological seminary be assessed?” It has often been assumed that seminaries train pastors to preach, teach and counsel church members and manage church affairs. […]