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November 26, 2014

There Are Happy Stories, Too!

By Kathryn Kraft* I love a good story. Stories can make me laugh or cry, burn in anger or melt in love. I tell stories when I’m trying to make myself understood, and I understand other people so much better when they tell me stories. So I am always on […]
November 20, 2014

Middle East Consultation 2015 – Discipleship Today: Identity and Belonging in the Middle East & North Africa

15 – 19 June 2015 Beirut, Lebanon The Institute of Middle East Studies at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary is pleased to announce 2015’s Middle East Consultation [MEC 2015]. Last year’s MEC was an enriching and edifying consultation that identified a number of significant challenges related to discipleship in the […]
October 30, 2014

A Kingdom Reality-Check in the Middle East Crisis

Jesus was all about his kingdom. The first declaration of his public ministry was “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” He communicated the nature of it in parable and story. His miracles demonstrated its authority over every sphere of life and he called his disciples to abandon […]
October 14, 2014

The Personal Touch: Discovering the Humanity in International Conflict

By Lexy Airey* This summer I had the pleasure of serving IMES as part of an intensive internship experience. As a student of political science and a young Christian, it was an incredibly educational experience for me. I had come to Lebanon seeking understanding of the Middle East and was […]
October 9, 2014

Preventing Radicalisation

by Colin Chapman* Radicalisation is one of the pressing issues of our time, and as a long-time lecturer in Islamic studies in Beirut, it is something that I have thought about deeply. I would therefore like to present my thoughts on preventing this coming about. Assuming that we’re not talking […]
July 10, 2014

When It Gets Personal

By Arthur Brown Like many concerned with the news in and around Lebanon I receive regular updates from The Daily Star, one of the English language news providers in Lebanon. Almost daily, I receive via my phone a brief news feed with updates on the latest road side blast, suicide […]
July 3, 2014

Tearing Down Walls to Build up Bridges

By Sara Obeid Loose-fitting Mottos I have often found it difficult to reconcile the seeming (yet ultimately superficial) contradiction between interfaith work and personal religious conviction. On the one hand, I have always held to such noble mottos as “tolerance,” “celebrate difference,” “openness,” and “Christ-like love.” On the other hand, […]
June 26, 2014

Middle East Consultation 2014: Real Stories of Discipleship in the Middle East and North Africa

Last week marked completion of the Middle East Consultation 2014 – Discipleship Today: Following Jesus in the Middle East and North Africa that took place from 16 – 20 June. This year we were pleased to have an unprecedented number participants, 170 in total, who came from all over the […]