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November 26, 2015

Will Our Local Pastors Lead the Fight? The Rampant Abuse of Migrant Domestic Workers in our Midst

by Rose Khouri Two months ago I arrived at the office expecting a normal day. I ended up driving a sobbing Kenyan woman to a shelter for abused migrant workers. This young woman, terrified, crying, unable to make eye contact, is one of a quarter million guest workers – primarily […]
November 19, 2015

The Middle East Will Never Be the Same Again: The Rise of the Millennial

by Arthur Brown My society is full of contradictions: a society that dissolves the identity of the individual into the identity of the group, a society that is afraid of change, a society that praises freedom of expression but ultimately suppresses it. One learns to remain silent, to become a […]
November 12, 2015

Christians as a Minority: Finding a Place in Society

By Rupen Das As the challenge of the presence and integration of Muslim communities in Europe grows, I was reminded of something that was mentioned a number of years ago. The person said that historically Christian theology and teaching has assumed that Christians are a minority in society. Hence the […]
October 29, 2015

Trash: A Rather Unusual Form of Expertise that Middle Eastern Christians Have to Offer the World

Cairo, Egypt, is one of the world’s largest metropoles. Many people associate Cairo with the Giza Pyramids, with one of the most impressive national museum collections in the world, and with the more recent iconic images of protests in Tahrir Square during the early days of the so-called Arab Spring. […]
October 22, 2015

When Religion Becomes Idolatry: A Reflection on the Politics of Identity in the Midst of the Syrian Crisis

By Suzie Lahoud “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1 Cor. 13:12 Like Jacob, I have recently wrestled with God over the politics of my own […]
July 24, 2015

Responding to Franklin and the Politics of Fear

By Arthur Brown And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them…There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one […]
July 9, 2015

Jesus and the Overthrow of Religion

by Mike Kuhn Having grown up in the West, I was aware that a trend emerged in the post-World Wars era towards a rejection of religion.  The brutality and sheer evil of the World Wars led many to reject belief in God.  If God is good and all-powerful, how could […]
June 24, 2015

Discipleship Today: Identity and Belonging in the Middle East and North Africa

By Arthur Brown Last week [15-19 June], IMES hosted its second consultation on the theme of discipleship in the MENA region. This year’s consultation, Discipleship Today: Identity and Belonging in the Middle East and North Africa, attracted representatives from 28 countries, including: Algeria, Tanzania, Iraq, Bangladesh, Singapore, the Netherlands, Syria, […]