IMES Blog

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.
April 18, 2019

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, […]
April 11, 2019

In the Wake of the New Zealand Attacks: Suggestions for a Church Response to Populism and White Nationalism

by Wissam al-Saliby* The recent massacre of Muslim worshipers in New Zealand was the manifestation of a growing global phenomenon which has been described as nationalist populism, white nationalism, extreme supremacist ideology, xenophobia, racism, populist nationalism, and other terms.
April 4, 2019

IMES Regional Brief – April 2019

  Dear Reader, In our brief for April 2019, we explore the recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory through the lens of faithful apocalyptic Biblical interpretation and two central principles of Just Peacemaking theory as developed by late Christian ethicist Glen Stassen. We also analyze the relatively weak […]
March 28, 2019

Missional Church: Use and Misuse of Language

by Elie Haddad My passion is to see our churches become missional communities. For the sake of this article, I will use Alan Hirsch’s definition of a missional church: Missional church is a community of God’s people that defines itself, and organizes its life around, its real purpose of being […]