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August 8, 2019

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 […]
July 25, 2019

Reflections on Citizenship

by Elie Haddad I am a native Lebanese citizen. I was born and raised in Lebanon. I love Lebanon, despite the insecurity, uncertainty, and corruption that characterize the country, and despite having grown up during the civil war. Lebanon has left its mark on me. Even the years of the […]
May 23, 2019

Do We Truly See Ourselves as Servants?

by Rabih Hasbany In September 2017, I was assigned Team Leader for a missions ministry in Lebanon. At that time, I found myself needing to develop a better understanding of leadership, and in order to do that I consulted models of leadership in the New Testament. I was struck by […]
March 28, 2019

Missional Church: Use and Misuse of Language

by Elie Haddad My passion is to see our churches become missional communities. For the sake of this article, I will use Alan Hirsch’s definition of a missional church: Missional church is a community of God’s people that defines itself, and organizes its life around, its real purpose of being […]
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 […]
November 29, 2018

The Church-Mosque Network as an Expression of the Incarnation: A Message for Advent

By Martin Accad Two sheikhs, three priests, and an evangelical theologian walk out of a mosque in the warm breeze of a late afternoon in June. Cars slow down and stare at the unlikely crew, as they move slowly beneath the elegant spire of the Aisha Bint Abi Bakr mosque […]
June 7, 2018

IMES Regional Brief – June 2018

Lebanon The parliamentary elections were an indicator of people’s fears and feelings; some interpreted them as a referendum on those in power and others as an opportunity to build a dream Lebanon’s parliamentary elections were held on the 5th of May 2018, after an interval of 9 years. For a […]
May 10, 2018

Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness in the Middle East: A Reflection on the Middle Eastern Church’s Position on Mental Health محاربة وصمة العار للأمراض العقلية في الشرق الأوسط: تأمل في موقف الكنيسة الشرق أوسطية من الصحة العقلية

By Jade Kassis War has become a familiar phenomenon to us Middle Easterners, who have become acquainted with its violent chaos as well as with its sacrificial loss. War has changed us as a people. We have grown accustomed to feelings of unrest and a lack of control. One minute […]