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 […]
July 26, 2018

Priesthood of All Believers or Priesthood of the Ordained? أهو كهنوت جميع المؤمنين أم كهنوت الإكليروس؟

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 […]
June 21, 2018

Religion, Violence, and Evil: A History in 550 Words الدين والعنف والشر: لمحة تاريخيّة في ٥٥٠ كلمة

By Martin Accad The debate about the nature of the relationship between religion, violence, and evil has been rather lively in recent months and years. Between the nauseating treatment of Muslim dissidents and non-Muslims in Syria and Iraq in the name of “Islam,” the continued bloody oppression of Palestinians justified […]
June 14, 2018

Reframing the Holy Land and the People of God إعادة تأطير الأرض المقدسة وشعب الله

By Mike Kuhn There is no more deeply entrenched issue facing the world than the question of Israel and Palestine. It never fades from the media spotlight and the recent clashes in Gaza serve to remind us that it is not going away. It is a multi-dimensional issue including history […]
June 7, 2018

IMES Regional Brief – June 2018

Lebanon The parliamentary elections were an indicator of people’s fears and feelings; some interpreted them as a referendum on those in power and others as an opportunity to build a dream Lebanon’s parliamentary elections were held on the 5th of May 2018, after an interval of 9 years. For a […]