Syria

October 23, 2014

The Local Church: A Place of Compassion in the Syrian Crisis

By Rupen Das The Syrian conflict has now become a slow meat grinder with hundreds being killed every month, while families and communities across Syria are being systematically destroyed. There are no good guys in this conflict and there are no visible and viable solutions being considered. In the “fog […]
July 10, 2014

When It Gets Personal

By Arthur Brown Like many concerned with the news in and around Lebanon I receive regular updates from The Daily Star, one of the English language news providers in Lebanon. Almost daily, I receive via my phone a brief news feed with updates on the latest road side blast, suicide […]
June 12, 2014

The Theology of Living in the Saturdays of Life

By Rupen Das The IMES blog is meant to be a prophetic voice from within the Arab world. It highlights issues of injustice, as well as challenging non-Arab perceptions of events in the region. Being a prophetic voice, there is often anger at the injustices that we see, and this […]
May 8, 2014

Not Your Normal, Everyday Conference

By Mike Kuhn It was like every other Christian conference I’ve ever attended.  It was like no other Christian conference I’ve ever attended. We met at a hotel in Chataura (in Lebanon) about a thirty minute drive from the Syria-Lebanon border.  All the attendees had crossed over from Damascus—Shem—as they […]
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 […]
December 25, 2013

Homage to the Mothers of Syria

By Martin Accad Every Christmas is a time of laughter and tears, of life and death, of singing and mourning, of beauty and ashes. For every person experiencing joy, there is one experiencing suffering. For every mother delighting in her newborn, there is another grieving the loss of hers. For […]
November 14, 2013

Christ-Centered Witness and the Proper Use of Power

By Jesse S. Wheeler In a world busy with the misuse of power, I am continually drawn to the example of Christ who, by consistently rejecting the dual temptations of imperial compromise and armed rebellion, models for us the narrow path of self-sacrificial, enemy-embracing love. This dual temptation is very […]
October 3, 2013

Children Participating in Syria’s Armed Conflict

By Wissam al-Saliby* The Syrian war has become one of the widest scale challenges to children’s rights. Recent global initiatives highlighted the need for mobilizing resources to provide education to hundreds of thousands of refugee and displaced children. In this post, I will highlight the issue of recruitment of children […]