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April 24, 2014

My Inner Journey to Hell and Back

By Martin Accad Earlier this month, during a conference I was attending in Ghana, I joined a group on a visit to one of the “Slave Castles” on the Southern coast. I expected it to be just another touristic experience. Ancient castles, fortresses and temples are no rare sight in […]
April 17, 2014

Bad Theology Kills: How We Justify Killing Arabs

By Jesse Wheeler Bad theology kills. For many, the subject of “theology” invokes the image of old white men with impressive beards and antiquated ideas sitting in ivory seminary towers writing really big books that nobody reads. Yet within everything we think, say, and do can be found a variety […]
April 3, 2014

Overcoming Fear: Reflections on Intentional Interfaith Activities

By Arthur Brown IMES is intentionally involved in a range of interfaith activities. Within Lebanon, this usually involves bringing together Evangelical Christians with both Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims in a variety of contexts. One such context is our annual Middle East Consultation, where during specific evening forums we invite well respected […]
March 27, 2014

Unity, a Sore Spot…

By Mike Kuhn I grew up in a place where my family drove past three or four churches to get to the one we attended. Unconsciously, I absorbed a type of pride in the way we did things in our church and sometimes made comparisons with kids in my school […]
March 13, 2014

Revisiting the Church’s Mission: Standing against Domestic Violence!

By Sara Obeid The Problem Last Saturday, March 8, while the world was celebrating the manifold achievements of women on International Women’s Day, many Lebanese women were demonstrating in the streets of Beirut to demand the ratification of a law to protect women from domestic violence. The draft of a […]
February 27, 2014

Discipleship Today: Following Jesus in the Middle East and North Africa (Middle East Consultation 2014) – UPDATE

The Institute of Middle East Studies is pleased to announce the following contributors to this year’s Middle East Consultation (MEC 2014), taking place 16 – 20 June at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Beirut. These individuals will assist consultation participants to reflect upon and process the critical themes which emerge […]
February 20, 2014

Alternate Light: Christian Witness in Imitation of Christ

This is the fifth post in the ongoing series: Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World. Follow the links to read the first, second, third, and fourth posts. By Jesse Wheeler Principle 2 of the Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct document states: Imitating Jesus Christ. In all aspects of […]
February 13, 2014

Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct – Event Highlights

The Institute of Middle East Studies in collaboration with World Vision Lebanon was privileged to host an important discussion on the Arabic language version of the landmark document, Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct [Arabic/English] this past Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in […]