IMES Blog

March 27, 2014

Unity, a Sore Spot…

By Mike Kuhn I grew up in a place where my family drove past three or four churches to get to the one we attended. Unconsciously, I absorbed a type of pride in the way we did things in our church and sometimes made comparisons with kids in my school […]
March 20, 2014

When the State Starts Crumbling… A Theology of Staying

By Martin Accad Sometimes, Lebanon is charming! When you approach the Lebanese coast as your plane takes position for landing, the beautiful mountains gushing out so close to the glassy sea captivate your attention. When you drive up the windy mountain roads of the Qadisha valley, you are taken by […]
March 13, 2014

Revisiting the Church’s Mission: Standing against Domestic Violence!

By Sara Obeid The Problem Last Saturday, March 8, while the world was celebrating the manifold achievements of women on International Women’s Day, many Lebanese women were demonstrating in the streets of Beirut to demand the ratification of a law to protect women from domestic violence. The draft of a […]
March 6, 2014

Can Theological Education Influence Society?

By Rupen Das Last week, ABTS hosted a conference organized by Overseas Council where one of the questions asked was: “How can the effectiveness of a theological seminary be assessed?” It has often been assumed that seminaries train pastors to preach, teach and counsel church members and manage church affairs. […]
February 27, 2014

Discipleship Today: Following Jesus in the Middle East and North Africa (Middle East Consultation 2014) – UPDATE

The Institute of Middle East Studies is pleased to announce the following contributors to this year’s Middle East Consultation (MEC 2014), taking place 16 – 20 June at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Beirut. These individuals will assist consultation participants to reflect upon and process the critical themes which emerge […]
February 20, 2014

Alternate Light: Christian Witness in Imitation of Christ

This is the fifth post in the ongoing series: Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World. Follow the links to read the first, second, third, and fourth posts. By Jesse Wheeler Principle 2 of the Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct document states: Imitating Jesus Christ. In all aspects of […]
February 13, 2014

Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct – Event Highlights

The Institute of Middle East Studies in collaboration with World Vision Lebanon was privileged to host an important discussion on the Arabic language version of the landmark document, Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct [Arabic/English] this past Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in […]
February 11, 2014

“Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World”: An Interview with Rosalee Velloso Ewell and John Baxter-Brown.

 Posted by Arthur Brown Readers of our blog over the last few weeks will be aware of our focus on the “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World” document, published jointly by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, the World Council of Churches and the World Evangelical Alliance. This week IMES will […]