Theology

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 […]
June 21, 2018

Religion, Violence, and Evil: A History in 550 Words الدين والعنف والشر: لمحة تاريخيّة في ٥٥٠ كلمة

By Martin Accad The debate about the nature of the relationship between religion, violence, and evil has been rather lively in recent months and years. Between the nauseating treatment of Muslim dissidents and non-Muslims in Syria and Iraq in the name of “Islam,” the continued bloody oppression of Palestinians justified […]
June 14, 2018

Reframing the Holy Land and the People of God إعادة تأطير الأرض المقدسة وشعب الله

By Mike Kuhn There is no more deeply entrenched issue facing the world than the question of Israel and Palestine. It never fades from the media spotlight and the recent clashes in Gaza serve to remind us that it is not going away. It is a multi-dimensional issue including history […]
April 19, 2018

Into the Depths إلى العمق

By Chaden Hani Lately, I have come to understand the way members of other religions often appreciate the Christian narrative here in Lebanon. What I came to perceive was a sense of jealousy regarding it, a feeling of protection and even reverence concerning the true value of the Biblical story. […]
March 22, 2018

Waiting: The Challenge of the Silence of God الانتظار: تحدي صمت الله

By Rupen Das I often find Holy Week a turmoil of emotions. It starts with the euphoria of Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. As the week progresses, there is a growing sense of dread. There is a sadness and confusion that permeates the Last Supper, followed by […]
February 15, 2018

American Evangelical Influence on US Foreign Policy and How It Impacts Us as Middle East Christians نظرة بديلة لنقد الدور الإنجيلي الأميركي في سياسات بلادهم الخارجيّة

By Martin Accad On February 7, 2018, Al-Joumhouriah daily Lebanese newspaper published an article by Ambassador Massoud Al-Maalouf, which denounced the devastating role of American evangelicals in shaping toxic US foreign policies towards the Middle East, particularly towards the Palestinian cause. His depiction of evangelicals in this article is simplistic […]