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 […]
April 18, 2019

Come Follow the Crucified! An Interfaith Reflection on Easter*

By Martin Accad My father worked for the Bible Society in Lebanon for most of his life, serving as its General Secretary for over 25 years. Growing up, several of my summers were spent in the distribution of Biblical literature and in organizing viewings of the Jesus Film in Christian, […]
April 11, 2019

In the Wake of the New Zealand Attacks: Suggestions for a Church Response to Populism and White Nationalism

by Wissam al-Saliby* The recent massacre of Muslim worshipers in New Zealand was the manifestation of a growing global phenomenon which has been described as nationalist populism, white nationalism, extreme supremacist ideology, xenophobia, racism, populist nationalism, and other terms.
April 4, 2019

IMES Regional Brief – April 2019

  Dear Reader, In our brief for April 2019, we explore the recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory through the lens of faithful apocalyptic Biblical interpretation and two central principles of Just Peacemaking theory as developed by late Christian ethicist Glen Stassen. We also analyze the relatively weak […]
March 28, 2019

Missional Church: Use and Misuse of Language

by Elie Haddad My passion is to see our churches become missional communities. For the sake of this article, I will use Alan Hirsch’s definition of a missional church: Missional church is a community of God’s people that defines itself, and organizes its life around, its real purpose of being […]
March 21, 2019

We Need to Reclaim the Discourse about Islam in the Church

by Martin Accad By now, everyone has heard of the shootings at the two mosques of Al Noor and Linwood in Christchurch, New Zealand, that led to the deaths of 50 Muslims and the wounding of 50 others at prayer on Friday the 15th of March 2019. Sadly, this is […]
March 14, 2019

What Use Is Our Lent?

by Nabil Habiby We are in the early days of Lent. Fish burger ads have started to fill the streets. Christians all over Lebanon fast until 12:00 noon. Most abstain from all meat and chicken products.
March 7, 2019

IMES Regional Brief – March 2019

  Dear Reader, In our brief for March 2019, we look at the case of Shamima Begum, an “unrepentant” teenaged woman seeking to return to the UK after having joined up with the Islamic State. If Begum and others like her in Syria and Iraq need to pay for any […]
February 28, 2019

It is Time to Talk about the Persecution of Muslims

By Brent Hamoud The global elevation of human rights and individual liberties may be a historical trend but religious persecution remains an immense challenge in our times. Millions are suffering threats to their lives and wellbeing simply because they desire to embrace a particular religious identity and exercise faith convictions. […]