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February 13, 2020

“History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, but it Rhymes” – how Christians can make history right here and right now.

by Robert Hamd We are living through historic times. If you are reading this, whether you live in Beirut, Bangkok, or Baltimore, you are well aware we are all witnessing massive shifts in culture, economy, environment, and political conditions. For us Lebanese, not a day passes that doesn’t reminds us […]
February 6, 2020

Facing Coronavirus, Colonialism, and Corrupt Theology Like Gandalf the White

by Nabil Habiby Gandalf the Grey, a wizard in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings epic, stands before the Balrog, a rather malicious creature of the caves, and shouts with a great voice: “You shall not pass!” Gandalf’s friends escape, but he is downed in a great pit with the […]
January 30, 2020

Stuck in the Swamp: Contemplating Evangelical Enmeshment in Politics

by Mike Kuhn “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.” (Matthew 7:6). One interpretation of these strange words by Jesus understands “pigs” and “dogs” to vaguely reference Gentile (i.e. Roman) political authority. In the […]
January 23, 2020

Church as Priesthood

by Elie Haddad We have been living through an uprising in Lebanon since October 17, 2019. Large numbers of Lebanese are revolting against the ruling elite and the deep-seated corruption that characterizes our political system. The plight is nowhere near a solution. Politicians are not heeding the demands of the […]
January 16, 2020

The Assassination of Qassem Suleimani Reopens the Festering Wounds of Victimhood in a Region in Need of Deep Healing

by Martin Accad The targeted assassination of Qassem Suleimani and of Abou Mahdi al-Muhandis at Baghdad Airport, authorized by President Donald Trump in the early morning of the January 3rd , officially baptized the new year of 2020 with blood. The elimination of the Major General of the Quds Force […]
January 9, 2020

Can a Church Without a Building be a Better Church?

by Rabih Hasbany Since the beginning of nationwide protests on October 17, 2019, the Lebanese have been hearing phrases like “the civil state is the solution”, and “our main demand is to have a secular state”. In the squares where the demonstrations are taking place, one hears chants like: “We […]
January 7, 2020

Lebanon Brief – January 2020

The Ambivalent Attitude of the Lebanese Towards The Return of Syrian Refugees by Chaden Hani News The topic of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has been exhausted, and the issue of their return to Syria has been discussed at length behind closed doors and within international circles. In the past few […]
January 2, 2020

What’s Missing in our Contribution to Lebanon’s Uprising?

by Wissam al-Saliby “If you lived in Lebanon at this moment, how do you imagine you would have spent the past 20 days?” my friend asked, in a comment on my Facebook status where I shared an opinion on Christian and Evangelical engagement with Lebanon’s uprising that began on 17 […]