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 […]
August 29, 2019

Jesus, Muslims and the Qur’ān: in search for KERYGMATIC peacebuilding

by Martin Accad My friend Peter believes that the Qur’ānic portrayal of Jesus stands in complete contradiction with the New Testament witness. He was once called Ahmad, but when he converted to Christianity after consistently watching polemical programs about Islam on satellite television, he became convinced that in order to […]
August 22, 2019

The Commodification of Mission in the Muslim World

by Mike Kuhn A commodity—something that is bought and sold. Mission—the loving and joyful response of Christ’s followers to disciple the nations, holding forth Jesus’ life and teaching among all the peoples of the world.
August 15, 2019

Is It for the Poor to Seek Justice and Liberation?

by Rupen Das I have been intrigued that nowhere in Scripture does God encourage or exhort the poor to seek justice.[1] Throughout the Bible, the responsibility for social justice and care for the poor and those on the margins of life is on society as a whole, on every individual. […]
August 8, 2019

The Church and the Banality of Evil

by Suzie Lahoud “For Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” 2 Cor.11:14   The Banality of Evil When the great political philosopher, Hannah Arendt, agreed to cover the trial of Nazi leader, Adolf Eichmann, it is doubtful that she or anyone could have predicted the shocking conclusion she […]
August 1, 2019

Theological Education as Formation for Prophetic Ministry

by Martin Accad When we think about theological education in a country like Lebanon, we are forced to think differently from the way that seminary education has traditionally been understood in Europe or North America. In many seminaries around the world, both in the west and sadly also in the […]
July 25, 2019

Reflections on Citizenship

by Elie Haddad I am a native Lebanese citizen. I was born and raised in Lebanon. I love Lebanon, despite the insecurity, uncertainty, and corruption that characterize the country, and despite having grown up during the civil war. Lebanon has left its mark on me. Even the years of the […]
July 18, 2019

A Reflection on Traffic through a Theology of Sin

by Caleb Hutcherson Have you ever thought about your theology of sin in the middle of being stuck in traffic? That chortling I hear doesn’t faze me. And of course, you are right. My friends and family chuckle, too, at my goofy probing of the everyday with theological lenses. But, […]
July 11, 2019

Getting the Trinity out of the Ivory Tower

by Mike Kuhn Are there any “ivory tower theologians” out there? I have never seen an ivory tower…and I suppose that’s the point. Ivory tower theologians are presumably dealing with things nobody cares about, things that make no practical difference in day-to-day life. I remember chuckling at “Owl” as I […]