IMES Blog

May 19, 2016

The Problem is Not the Problem

by Elias Ghazal Last week, my brother and his family travelled from Canada to Lebanon for a visit. My brother is no stranger to life in Lebanon. Although he never lived in Lebanon for an extended period, he grew up in the Middle East and he is very familiar with […]
May 13, 2016

The Refugee and the Body of Christ

by Arthur Brown This year’s Middle East Consultation, The Refugee and the Body of Christ: Exploring the Impact of the Present Crisis on our Understanding of Church, is now less than six weeks away. Plans are coming together well, and consultation registrations are at an all-time high. As consultation coordinator, […]
May 5, 2016

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 […]
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, […]
April 21, 2016

Reasonable and Peace-Sowing: How the Bible Calls us to Think and Act in Times of Fear

By Ashley al-Saliby As we observe this global moment, Western fears about Islam and Muslims seem to be surging again. There are political and religious leaders quick to point to anecdotes or news clips which only further incite tensions and hostility, emphasizing horror stories and brutal tragedies that can affirm […]
April 15, 2016

“Marhaba” or Two? Arabic to Fill the Gap

By Rabih Hasbany “Marhaba!” Marhaba is an Arabic word that simply means “hello” and is a commonly used greeting in the Middle East. I hear it on average 8 to 10 times a day, and especially so while spending a weekend in my family’s lovely village where everybody knows each […]
April 7, 2016

Come Follow the Crucified! An Interfaith Reflection on Easter

By Martin Accad My father worked for the Bible Society in Lebanon for most of his life, serving as its General Secretary for over 25 years. Growing up, several of my summers were spent in the distribution of Biblical literature and in organizing viewings of the Jesus Film in Christian, […]
March 31, 2016

Forgive us, as we Forgive: Visiting Internally Displaced Persons in Iraq

by Kathryn Kraft “Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” The challenge in the words of this prayer have taken on a new weight for me after spending some time in the Kurdistan Region of […]