Theology

March 28, 2019

Missional Church: Use and Misuse of Language

by Elie Haddad My passion is to see our churches become missional communities. For the sake of this article, I will use Alan Hirsch’s definition of a missional church: Missional church is a community of God’s people that defines itself, and organizes its life around, its real purpose of being […]
December 13, 2018

Death in the Shadows of Displacement: forced migration, deathliness, and the hope for life

By Brent Hamoud How do we share a world with over 68 million victims of displacement?  This is a defining question of the 21st century as unprecedented numbers of individuals have been uprooted from their homes and thrust into precarious existences on the fringes of our global systems.  The phenomenon […]
November 29, 2018

The Church-Mosque Network as an Expression of the Incarnation: A Message for Advent

By Martin Accad Two sheikhs, three priests, and an evangelical theologian walk out of a mosque in the warm breeze of a late afternoon in June. Cars slow down and stare at the unlikely crew, as they move slowly beneath the elegant spire of the Aisha Bint Abi Bakr mosque […]
November 21, 2018

Standing on the Edge of a River: Palestine, Israel, and Identity

By Nabil Habiby It has been a rough week for Palestinians. They witnessed yet more Arab concessions to Israel. Their land continues to shrink. Their hopes of ever achieving freedom from oppression grow slimmer.
October 18, 2018

Confronting Tyranny, The Jesus Way

By Elias Ghazal A deliberate war waged against Yemen has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced millions. The situation on the ground is appalling. There have been over 1.2 million suspected cholera cases since April 2017 – one of the worst outbreaks in recent history. Polio, an easily preventable […]
July 19, 2018

Rejecting Imperial Religion: baptistic Reflections from a Non-Baptist

By Jesse Wheeler If the Turk comes, he should not be resisted, for it stands written: “thou shalt not kill” (Matt 5:21). We should not defend ourselves against the Turks or our other persecutors, but with reverent prayer should implore God that he might be our defense and our resistance […]
July 12, 2018

How Do Followers of Christ Make Sense of and Engage with Other Faiths? Highlights from Middle East Consultation 2018 كيف يفهم أتباع المسيح الإيمان الآخر وينخرطون معه؟ أبرز ما ورد في مؤتمر الشرق الأوسط 2018

The purpose of IMES’ Middle East Consultation (MEC) is to equip participants to respond in prophetic and Christ-like ways to the many challenges facing Christians and Muslims in and beyond the Middle East. For its part, MEC 2018 – Jesus Christ and the Religious Other: Toward a Biblical Understanding of […]
July 5, 2018

Lessons from Lebanon: Responding to Refugees and Migrants with the Heart of Christ دروس نتعلّمها من لبنان: الاستجابة للاجئين بقلب المسيح

By Robert Hamd Throughout my ministry, I have been blessed by countless books, courses, lectures, and scholarship from leading, mostly Western, voices. I earned my doctorate from a prominent Christian institution in the West. I speak with many pastors, church leaders, and practitioners, from the West to the East, who […]