IMES Blog

December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas from a Cynic: The Paradoxes of our Annual Celebrations

By Elie Haddad I have a confession to make. I don’t like the Christmas season. But how can someone who is supposed to be a mature Christian leader not like the Christmas season? Every year at this time I find myself having to reflect on this predicament and do a […]
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 […]
December 1, 2016

The Changing Seasons of Politics: Coming to Terms with the Aoun-Trump Axis

By Martin Accad When the global community began to realize that the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ was growing bloody and violent with the turn of events in Syria, many journalists and political analysts – as well as the common pun-lover – began to refer to it as the ‘Arab Winter’ or […]
November 24, 2016

PRAY FOR A HIGHWAY: GOD’S DREAM IN DISORIENTING TIMES

By Emad Botros Throughout history, the Church has turned to the Bible to interpret the political situation of its time and to find hope in the midst of disaster. The church in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is not different in this regard. Christians in Egypt, for example, […]
November 17, 2016

Middle East Consultation 2017 – The Church in Disorienting Times: Leading Prophetically through Adversity

19 – 23 June 2017 We live in disorienting times. This is a reality for the church in many parts of the world today, not least the church of the Middle East. Many factors, historical and social, have reduced the church to the status of minority, in which persecution and […]
November 10, 2016

Do We Lack the Moral Imagination? Part Two: Seeing the Other

By Suzie Lahoud  What man. . . if with a scrupulous attention he searches all the recesses of his soul, will not perceive that his virtues and vices are wholly owing to different modifications of personal interest? . . . For after all interest is always obeyed; hence the injustice […]
November 3, 2016

Do We Lack the Moral Imagination? Part One: Demasking the Scapegoat

By Suzie Lahoud “A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies.” – Aristotle I was recently having a chat with the water filter guy, who is a fount of information. He was bemoaning the fact that, as a former procurement manager in Dubai, he had not been able to find […]