IMES Blog

March 11, 2016

Why Do We Believe As We Do?

by Arthur Brown What do you believe? And, how do you decide what you believe? Do you believe what you believe because you read it somewhere, because someone you know and trust told it to you, or because you witnessed or experienced something that led you to draw a particular […]
March 4, 2016

Syrian Refugees and the Church in the West: Some Practical Suggestions

By Martin Accad In recent months, I have received a number of invitations from the West to speak about the crisis in Syria, and particularly about the massive refugee migration into Europe. The question that keeps coming is: ‘How should the church in the West respond to the massive refugee […]
February 25, 2016

Pushed into Deep Waters: Migrants, Refugees, and the Mission of God

by Robert Hamd A Catalytic Moment I first learned about Sami* many years ago when a dear friend of mine came to me, pleading for my help. Sami had been languishing in a Lebanese jail for months without any due process. His crime? A lapsed residency permit. Lebanese police routinely […]
February 19, 2016

Leading the Struggle: Serving Migrant Domestic Workers in our Midst

by Rose Khouri For this week’s post, I want to follow up on my most recent blog post in which I discussed my frustrations with the Lebanese (Arab) Church and what I perceived as inaction on a simultaneously visible and invisible human rights crisis perpetrated by members of its community: […]
February 11, 2016

Middle East Consultation 2016: The Refugee and the Body of Christ

The church in the Middle East is experiencing a time of unprecedented change. There exist significant challenges, and yet at the same time unimaginable opportunities. How has the local and global Body of Christ been responding to the current refugee crisis? What are the implications of this crisis for the […]
February 4, 2016

Islam Means Peace? A brief etymological reflection

By Martin Accad ‘Islam Means Peace!’ So affirmed the flyer of a conference organized in the US that remains etched in my memory. And so affirm many books and websites you will find by simply googling the phrase. You will also find an equally large number of websites and books […]
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 […]
January 21, 2016

Rethinking Hospitality: Pondering the Sexual Harassment Scandal in Germany

By Mike Kuhn [1]   Not that long ago, German Chancellor Merkel made news by flinging the door open to immigrants seeking refuge from the Syrian war and the pandemonium unleashed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria.  In an ironic twist, the sexual harassment fiasco of Cologne (also Stuttgart and […]