IMES Blog

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 […]
January 31, 2019

Education, Leadership, and Mission: A Critical View in a Critical Age

by Walid Zailaa In a Middle East where corruption has become an integral part of the social fabric, where oppression has become the language of the strong, where poverty has taken its toll on the majority; in a Middle East where everything is permissible to everyone, where leadership is a […]
January 24, 2019

Lebanon’s McKinsey Report: corruption, for a price of a sandal

by Robert Hamd In 2017, the Lebanese government brought in the international consultancy firm, McKinsey, to analyze Lebanon’s public and private sectors. On Wednesday, January 2, the Ministry of Economy released the report, describing what they saw as Lebanon’s crippling political stalemate in government. The 1,200-page report warns that the […]
January 17, 2019

East and West: Putting Our Best Foot Forward

by Mike kuhn I recently learned that Eugene Peterson, author, pastor and Bible translator, passed away. At the same time, I was also reflecting on the death of a cherished and esteemed leader of the church in the Middle East—Ghassan Khalaf, pastor, mentor, theologian and Bible translator who also served […]
January 10, 2019

A Shia Christmas and the Incarnate Word of God

by Wissam Nasrallah After an overdose of podcasts, I turned on the radio in the hope of finding something “light” to listen to, as I was desperately trying to make my way through the organized anarchy of traffic in Beirut.