IMES Blog

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 […]
March 21, 2019

We Need to Reclaim the Discourse about Islam in the Church

by Martin Accad By now, everyone has heard of the shootings at the two mosques of Al Noor and Linwood in Christchurch, New Zealand, that led to the deaths of 50 Muslims and the wounding of 50 others at prayer on Friday the 15th of March 2019. Sadly, this is […]
March 14, 2019

What Use Is Our Lent?

by Nabil Habiby We are in the early days of Lent. Fish burger ads have started to fill the streets. Christians all over Lebanon fast until 12:00 noon. Most abstain from all meat and chicken products.
March 7, 2019

IMES Regional Brief – March 2019

  Dear Reader, In our brief for March 2019, we look at the case of Shamima Begum, an “unrepentant” teenaged woman seeking to return to the UK after having joined up with the Islamic State. If Begum and others like her in Syria and Iraq need to pay for any […]
February 28, 2019

It is Time to Talk about the Persecution of Muslims

By Brent Hamoud The global elevation of human rights and individual liberties may be a historical trend but religious persecution remains an immense challenge in our times. Millions are suffering threats to their lives and wellbeing simply because they desire to embrace a particular religious identity and exercise faith convictions. […]
February 21, 2019

The Arabic Contemporary Commentary on the Bible: A Model of Unity that Celebrates Diversity

by Rabih Hasbany On February 7, many Lebanese Christians celebrated the launching of the Arabic Contemporary Commentary on the Bible. The commentary was issued first on October 15 in Cairo, Egypt by Dar El Thaqafa in partnership with Langham Literature.
February 14, 2019

Lebanon Turns 100: Let’s Offer it the Gift of Unity

by Chaden Hani In 1918, Lebanon was liberated after four centuries of Ottoman hegemony following the empire’s collapse at the end of the First World War. The Lebanese nationalists felt that it was time for them to materialize their grand dream of establishing Greater Lebanon. The Administrative Council of Mount […]
February 7, 2019

IMES Regional Brief – February 2019

  Dear Reader, Karl Barth entreats us to “take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.” This is exactly what we do in the IMES Regional Brief, as we read the events of our region in light of the Bible and discover […]