IMES Blog

August 31, 2016

Welcome to The IMES Blog!

Welcome to the official blog of the Institute of Middle East Studies (IMES), a research and resource institute of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon. IMES addresses subjects significant to the MENA region prophetically, sensitively and in a non-partisan manner for the purpose of carrying out its mandate to bring […]
October 11, 2018

The Courage to Love

By Chaden Hani “The courage to love” was an expression I first heard from an active Lebanese politician considered to be the godfather of Christian reconciliation, who helped reconcile two major political parties in the country. He also said that our only hope is for the church to rise. Armed, […]
October 4, 2018

IMES Regional Brief – October 2018

Dear Reader, We are delighted to announce that our Regional Brief is back. In this issue, we would like to invite you to join us on a journey through the MENA region, exploring crucial issues of justice with which our people are struggling whether in Palestine/ Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, […]
August 30, 2018

Study MENA Islam with Martin Accad and Daniel W. Brown this October 2018!

Join us October 2018 for the MENA Islam Module of IMES’ Master of Religion in MENA Studies program! Co-taught by IMES Director Martin Accad and Daniel W. Brown, Director of the Institute for the Study of Religion in the Middle East and author of A New Introduction to Islam, MENA […]
July 26, 2018

Priesthood of All Believers or Priesthood of the Ordained?

By Elie Haddad In my last blog post in February, I wrote about women in seminary. I based my main argument on the priesthood of all believers. In this post, I intend to dig deeper into this topic of priesthood. What is the priesthood of all believers and why does […]
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 28, 2018

Faith Leaders: Partners for Change قادة الإيمان: شركاء في التغيير

By Kathryn Kraft I was recently chatting with a senior leader of an Orthodox church in Lebanon, who told me he wanted charities and NGOs, especially faith-based organisations, to take his advice more seriously. He explained to me that it was important for them to consult with him about what […]