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 […]
June 13, 2019

Why We Can’t Love the Sinner but Hate the Sin?

by Elias Ghazal Islamophobia is on the rise. Over the last decade, hate crimes against Muslims have increased at an alarming rate. That is, more and more Muslims around the world are being targeted simply for identifying with Islam. This is not referring to Muslims that are complicit in terrorist […]
June 6, 2019

IMES Regional Brief – June 2019

  Dear Reader, Today, we are concluding another season of the IMES Regional Brief, reaching the ninth brief of the current academic year. In reflecting on our topics over the past months, we must conclude that evil has rooted itself in our world. For this reason, the news will continuously […]
May 30, 2019

Corruption: Its Definition and Modus Operandi

by Chaden Hani In light of the current state of our country Lebanon, which lies under the yoke of a pervasive corruption touching upon most all areas of our daily lives, we have seen that it is our duty as an evangelical community to support the recent process of change […]
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.