March 9, 2017

Defacing the Image of God: The Children of War and Our Collective Human Failure

By Jesse Wheeler “For what purpose do we older folks exist than to care for, instruct and bring up the young?” – Martin Luther[1] The Children of War Martin Luther, the justifiably controversial father of the protestant reformation, poses the above question with regard to our collective reason for being. […]
December 16, 2016

Kerygmatic Peacebuilding (Part 2): What Does Peace Have to do with the Gospel?

By Jesse Wheeler Note: This is a difficult week to speak of peace. With heartbreaking tragedy in Egypt and unspeakable horror unfolding in Syria just a few hours away, peace now seems more than ever like an elusive dream continually beyond reach – all while I sit here feeling helpless […]
December 8, 2016

Kerygmatic Peacebuilding (Part 1): What Does Religion Have to do with Peace?

By Jesse Wheeler One reason, among many, I love working at IMES is its heartfelt commitment to peacebuilding and peace education. Yet, in the course of our work, we have often encountered opposition with regard to the task of building peace and its relevance for Christian life and service. As […]
April 28, 2016

Mixed Emotions: Some Reflections on Life and Death

by Jesse Wheeler Life and Death At 4:30 AM, 16 February 2016, my wife went into labor. In joyful anticipation, we scrambled out of bed, got dressed, grabbed our bags and rushed to the hospital. Then… we waited. And waited. And… waited some more. The baby came two weeks early, […]
January 28, 2016

Allah, God and Wheaton College: Some Observations from Beirut

By Jesse S. Wheeler “Allah” has been in the news again. For readers unfamiliar with this discussion, American evangelicalism’s flagship institution of higher education, Wheaton College, recently made moves to terminate Associate Professor of Political Science Larycia Hawkins in response to a statement made on Facebook concerning Christian and Muslim […]
May 14, 2015

Demographic Anxieties, Imperial Compromises and the Crucified Messiah

By Jesse Wheeler “The cool thing about Pew numbers is how versatile they are; bloggers can wear them with triumph, grief, & multiple shades of schadenfreude!” – Derek Rishmawy Early April, the Pew Research Center released an in-depth demographic study titled, “The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050: […]
March 26, 2015

Retiring Tired Myths about the Modern Middle East

By Jesse Wheeler Thanks to the advent of social media, my access to Western media sources is nearly as good (perhaps even better) than it would be were I not an immigrant living in Beirut, Lebanon, just another sign of the ever shrinking world we inhabit. Yet in my readings […]
December 11, 2014

“Will These Hands Never Be Clean?” The CIA Torture Report and Futile Apologies

by Jesse Wheeler “Here’s the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.” – Lady Macbeth In response to the release of the Executive Summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Torture Report (click to read in full), all I can say is […]