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 […]
May 23, 2019

Do We Truly See Ourselves as Servants?

by Rabih Hasbany In September 2017, I was assigned Team Leader for a missions ministry in Lebanon. At that time, I found myself needing to develop a better understanding of leadership, and in order to do that I consulted models of leadership in the New Testament. I was struck by […]
May 16, 2019

MEC 2019 Presenters and Presentation Topics

Through the course of IMES’ Middle East Consultation 2019 – Thinking Biblically about Muslims, Muhammad & the Qur’an: Practical Implications for the Church Today (17-21 June | Beirut, Lebanon), participants will collectively work toward discerning a practically-grounded, yet biblically-faithful understanding of Muslims, Muhammad, and the Quran, which constructively informs the […]
May 8, 2019

Lebanon Launches Reform Workshop Based on CEDRE Conference Conditions

by Chaden Hani With the world’s third-highest ratio of debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Lebanon has endured years of weak economic growth and was urged by the International Monetary Fund this year to carry out “urgent” measures to put public finances back on a sustainable footing. Lebanon recorded a […]
May 2, 2019

IMES Regional Brief – May 2019

  Dear Reader, In our brief for May 2019, we explore how the struggle of post-Saddam and post-ISIS Iraq continues to redefine a cohesive narrative of what its society and political system will look like in the coming decades. In such times of “grand narratives and ideologies,” we must beware […]
April 25, 2019

An Easter Message from ABTS Faculty

As the Church throughout the world celebrates Easter, ABTS faculty reflected on the meaning of Easter and the message of new life and transformation that the cross and resurrection bring. Our faculty members share their reflections below, along with their Easter greetings.
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 […]