IMES Blog

February 8, 2018

When the Lights go Down in the City: A Reflection on the Season’s Passing عندما تخفت الأضواء في المدينة فهذا انعكاس لانصرام موسم في حياتها

By Chaden Hani It was an abiding sense of desperation, frustration and repression which led Lebanese journalist and professor of history Samir Kassir to speak in 2004 of the “Arab malaise.” For as long as I can remember we have barely had a moment of our history lacking in conflict […]
February 2, 2018

IMES Regional Brief – February 2018

Lebanon The Candidates to the Protestant Seat in Parliament in the Upcoming General Elections Will Need to Remember that they Are Called to be “Stewards not Lords, Servants not Masters” On Friday, the 15th of January 2018, the Lebanese Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Nouhad Al-Mashnouk, signed the draft electoral […]
January 25, 2018

MEC 2018 – Jesus Christ and the Religious Other: Toward a Biblical Understanding of Islam مؤتمر الشرق الأوسط ٢٠١٨

Apply Today! (English / Arabic) In the 21st century, religious diversity is a fact of life. Be it the result of historical precedent or technological advancement, immigration or proselytization, religious diversity can be as disorienting for some as it is enriching for others. For the committed follower of Christ, how are […]
January 18, 2018

Calling for Prophetic Passion الدعوة إلى شغف نبوي

By Robert Hamd Today, the younger generations of Christians are asking the difficult questions, such as why injustice persists. They are passionate about a convergence of the words of scripture and real-life practice. For example, they read passages from Isaiah that challenge us to “learn to do good; seek justice, […]
January 11, 2018

“Whose Promised Land?” A Sermon “الأرض المقدسة لمن”

(On Sunday, 10 December 2017, Rev. Dr. Hikmat Kashouh was inspired to preach the above sermon, titled, “Whose Promised Land?” As Research Professor with a focus on the New Testament and Biblical Interpretation at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) and Senior Pastor at Resurrection Church Beirut (RCB), it is our […]
January 4, 2018

IMES Regional Brief – January 2018

Lebanon Lebanon is not merely a country; it is a message The repercussions of President Trump’s announcement, on the 6th of December 2017, regarding Jerusalem and the transfer of the American Embassy, have held prominent place of late in the Lebanese political arena. The announcement is widely viewed as having cancelled all […]
December 21, 2017

The US Embassy in Jerusalem: What’s the Big Deal? السفارة الأمريكية في القدس: ما الخطب في ذلك؟

By Mike Kuhn* For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not […]
December 14, 2017

O Jerusalem! If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes… آه يا أورشليم! يا قدسُ! لَيتَكِ عرَفْتِ اليومَ طريقَ السَّلام! ولكِنَّه الآنَ مَحجوبٌ عن عَينَيكِ… بقلم مرتان عقّاد

By Martin Accad These were Jesus’ words of lament, as he entered the city of Jerusalem, where shortly after he would meet his death on a Roman cross. The apostle Luke tells us in his account that Jesus wept over the city. But why did he weep?