IMES Blog

March 30, 2017

A Reflection on Traffic through a Theology of Sin

By Caleb Hutcherson Have you ever thought about your theology of sin in the middle of being stuck in traffic? That chortling I hear doesn’t faze me. And of course, you are right. My friends and family chuckle, too, at my goofy probing of the everyday with theological lenses. But, I think there is […]
March 23, 2017

Migrant Crises in Muslim and Christian Countries

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are 63.91 million “persons of concern”, which includes refugees, people awaiting recognition as refugees, and people who have fled their homes but not sought refuge in another country. Of these, 16.1 million are refugees, that is people who fled […]
March 16, 2017

Re-Reading Our Times

The 1970s were defining for me. Those were my high school years. Growing up between Lebanon and the US gave me the opportunity to experience those formative high school years cross-culturally. I was a mid-western boy living in a Middle Eastern home. Recently, I’ve decided to reread some of my […]
March 9, 2017

Defacing the Image of God: The Children of War and Our Collective Human Failure

By Jesse Wheeler “For what purpose do we older folks exist than to care for, instruct and bring up the young?” – Martin Luther[1] The Children of War Martin Luther, the justifiably controversial father of the protestant reformation, poses the above question with regard to our collective reason for being. […]
March 2, 2017

Theological Education as Formation for Prophetic Ministry

By Martin Accad When we think about theological education in a country like Lebanon, we are forced to think differently from the way that seminary education has traditionally been understood in Europe or North America. In many seminaries around the world, both in the west and sadly also in the […]
February 23, 2017

The Church and the Banality of Evil

By Suzie Lahoud “For Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” 2 Cor.11:14 The Banality of Evil When the great political philosopher, Hannah Arendt, agreed to cover the trial of Nazi leader, Adolf Eichmann, it is doubtful that she or anyone could have predicted the shocking conclusion she was […]
February 16, 2017

The US Immigration Ban: A View from the Kingdom

By Mike Kuhn Thus the so-called outsiders are really only “insiders” who have not yet understood and apprehended themselves as such. (Karl Barth, ”The Humanity of God”) “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” (Engraved on the […]
February 9, 2017

Middle East Immersion: Learn. Serve. Experience the Middle East!

What is the Middle East Immersion? The Middle East Immersion (MEI) is a six-week intensive practicum designed for students from beyond the region wanting to experience firsthand the opportunities and challenges of Christian service in the Middle East. Under the mentorship of respected scholars and experienced practitioners, students in the MEI […]