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How Should Arab Christians React to Persecution?
How Should Arab Christians React to Persecution?

By: Martin Accad
The exodus of Christians from the Middle East and North Africa region has become a well-documented tragedy. Amid all of it, Christians struggle to find the appropriate response to their suffering.

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Can You Trust Muslim Kindness This Ramadan? - Part 2
Can You Trust Muslim Kindness This Ramadan? - Part 2

By: Martin Accad
Some have claimed that when Muslims speak and behave positively toward non-Muslims, they are being hypocritical and hiding a stealthy agenda. Christians who affirm that claim are bearing false witness.

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Can You Trust Muslim Kindness This Ramadan? - Part 1
Can You Trust Muslim Kindness This Ramadan? - Part 1

By: Martin Accad
The concept of "taqiyya" refers to the permission in Islam for Muslims to dissimulate their beliefs to avoid bodily harm. Some have misstated the belief in order to accuse Muslims of holding a stealthy agenda.

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4 Toxic Mistakes to Flush Out Regarding Islam
4 Toxic Mistakes to Flush Out Regarding Islam

By: Martin Accad
Election Day is fast approaching. To encourage voters to be less fear-driven and rational and socially compassionate, here are four mistakes we often make in our thinking about Islam and Muslims.

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Rejecting Muslim Stereotyping, Focusing on God's Mission
Rejecting Muslim Stereotyping, Focusing on God's Mission

By: Martin Accad
Many people see the world as divided between Muslims and "the rest." How will the church repudiate this stereotyping driven by fear and return to God's hopeful mission?

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Wishing Your Muslim Neighbors Well During Ramadan
Wishing Your Muslim Neighbors Well During Ramadan

By: Martin Accad
Religions tend to be exclusive of other religions, but that doesn't mean you can't wish your Muslim friends and neighbors well during the month of Ramadan. Here are four reasons why.

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Jesus, Muslims and the Quran: Building Fruitful Dialogue
Jesus, Muslims and the Quran: Building Fruitful Dialogue

By: Martin Accad
Beliefs about Jesus today are diverse among Muslims. When our conversation is rooted into a robust life in the footsteps of Jesus, theological dialogue with Muslims will be strengthened and more fruitful.

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Follow the Crucified: An Interfaith Easter Reflection - Part 2
Follow the Crucified: An Interfaith Easter Reflection - Part 2

By: Martin Accad
In its near-unanimous denial of the historicity of the crucifixion of Jesus, the Muslim exegetical tradition - not the Quran - stands largely alone. It also rejects the purpose of biblical salvation history.

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Follow the Crucified: An Interfaith Easter Reflection - Part 1
Follow the Crucified: An Interfaith Easter Reflection - Part 1

By: Martin Accad
The Quran reports Jesus' miraculous birth, his ministry of healing and raising people from the dead. What remains hard to grasp is how life and salvation can emerge from death and apparent failure.

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How Should Western Churches Respond to Syrian Refugees?
How Should Western Churches Respond to Syrian Refugees?

By: Martin Accad
As Syrian refugees migrate into Europe in massive numbers, Western churches want to know how to respond. The first issue to address is the fear that many have about this overwhelming phenomenon

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Islam Means Peace? A Brief Etymological Reflection
Islam Means Peace? A Brief Etymological Reflection

By: Martin Accad
Some say Islam means peace; others say that's not true. Here's the truth: Islam will mean whatever those currently struggling for its soul will be able to make of it in the decades ahead.

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Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 2
Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 2

By: Martin Accad
With the church in the Middle East on life support, the solution is not to fan fears of Islam and Muslims and develop strategies of war against them. Rather, the transformation must start from within.

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Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 1
Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 1

By: Martin Accad
The church of the Middle East is on life support, and fingers regularly point at Islam as the cause of its demise. Under such circumstances, how do you prepare future leaders for the Arab church?

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Busting Myth That Muslims Don't Condemn Terrorism
Busting Myth That Muslims Don't Condemn Terrorism

By: Martin Accad
When a Muslim commits a terrorist act, some complain Muslim leaders aren't doing enough to condemn them. But Muslim groups have condemned them many times - with little, if any, media coverage.

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As Trash Piles High, Is This Lebanon's Arab Spring?
As Trash Piles High, Is This Lebanon's Arab Spring?

By: Martin Accad
Lebanon hasn't had its Arab Spring, but protests sparked by the government's inability to collect trash may be the tipping point. This is a crucial moment in Lebanon's history for people of faith.

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Why Your Passport Makes Promise It Can't Claim
Why Your Passport Makes Promise It Can't Claim

By: Martin Accad
With a passport, the world is yours - at least that's what the slogan claims. After all, the world belongs to the Lord, and we are to be stewards. And many are denied the benefits of citizenship.

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3 Disturbing Consequences from Anti-Muslim Proponents
3 Disturbing Consequences from Anti-Muslim Proponents

By: Martin Accad
The Muhammad cartoon contest provides one more example that anti-Muslim voices seek to provoke conflict and violence. The church needs prophetic voices to stand against this destructive tide.

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Sounding the Alarm: How to Beat Back ISIS – Part 2
Sounding the Alarm: How to Beat Back ISIS – Part 2
By: Martin Accad
We will not defeat ISIS or any other militant jihadist group with temporary military solutions to the problem of religious radicalization. We need a massive global movement to dry up ISIS' recruitment pools.
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Sounding the Alarm: How to Beat Back ISIS – Part 1
Sounding the Alarm: How to Beat Back ISIS – Part 1
By: Martin Accad
ISIS members are Muslim because they believe they are, but Muslims who don't abide by ISIS' perverse interpretation of Islam don't bear responsibility for ISIS' actions.
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Can Christianity Be Reformed?
Can Christianity Be Reformed?
By: Martin Accad
With Islam often viewed in evangelical circles as the cause of all of our problems and recipient of all our fears, is it time for the church to live radically in line with the teaching of Jesus?
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Reforming Islam: Dusting Off the Diamond
Reforming Islam: Dusting Off the Diamond

By: Martin Accad
Islam is like a diamond that has collected dust and needs to be cleaned up, said a spokesman for the American Muslim community. In what ways can Christians help? Or will we throw stones?

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What Impact Will ISIS Have on Middle East Churches?
What Impact Will ISIS Have on Middle East Churches?
By: Martin Accad
Middle East churches can be part of the solution to ISIS. That solution will require working with many people of different faiths, who love God and value love and peace toward their neighbors.
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Profiles in Goodwill: Martin Accad
Profiles in Goodwill: Martin Accad
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Martin Accad, director of the Institute of Middle East Studies at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, writes columns for EthicsDaily.com. As a teen, he played lead guitar for a Christian heavy metal band.
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The Silent Majority in Middle East Seeks Peace
The Silent Majority in Middle East Seeks Peace
By: Jonathan Langley
Most religious people in the Middle East – Muslims, Jews, Christians and others – make up a "silent majority" who are tired of fanaticism, says Martin Accad, speaking at Catalyst Live 2014.
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Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 2
Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 2
By: Martin Accad
Conferences focusing on the plight of Christians in the Middle East are helpful, but what's needed is a summit that would provoke a paradigm shift. Here are three elements for that summit's success.
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Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 1
Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 1
By: Martin Accad
While U.S. conferences aimed at protecting Christian minorities in the Middle East, like the recent "In Defense of Christians" conference, can be helpful, they also pose problems. Here are four.
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A Plea to Christian, Muslim and Jewish Friends
A Plea to Christian, Muslim and Jewish Friends
By: Martin Accad
Recent history is filled with violence committed in the name of religion. It's time for all religions to be honest and acknowledge the evil that exists within each of our own groups.
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Skype Interview: Martin Accad on The Middle East Consultation
Skype Interview: Martin Accad on The Middle East Consultation
By: EthicsDaily Staff
The Middle East Consultation equips participants to respond to the challenges facing Christians and Muslims in the Middle East, says Martin Accad in a new EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.
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Your Actions Affect Someone Else Somewhere
Your Actions Affect Someone Else Somewhere
By: Martin Accad
The horrors of the abandoned "slave castles" on Ghana's southern coast are unimaginable. But what things that we take for granted are the source of depravities to which we remain blind?
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Why My Family Has Chosen to Stay in Lebanon
Why My Family Has Chosen to Stay in Lebanon
By: Martin Accad
Living in Lebanon when you have the opportunity to leave is a choice that demands a "theology of staying." Here are four reasons that my family has chosen to remain where we are.
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When the State Starts Crumbling: A Theology of Staying
When the State Starts Crumbling: A Theology of Staying
By: Martin Accad
Two types of Lebanese live in Lebanon: those who have not yet gotten the opportunity to leave, and those who have decided to stay for a cause. It's vital for the latter to have a theology of staying.
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Building Interfaith Relationships - A Theology of Life
Building Interfaith Relationships - A Theology of Life

By: Martin Accad
The Syrian conflict has provoked a growing fear of Islam and Muslims among Christians in Syria, the region and, to some extent, throughout the world. Interfaith relationships can turn that around.

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3 Opportunities for Churches in Middle East, North Africa
3 Opportunities for Churches in Middle East, North Africa
As the dynamics shift in Syria, new priorities are being set in the politics of the Middle East and North Africa region. The emerging environment poses three opportunities for the church.
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Skype Interview: Martin Accad on Middle East Conference
Skype Interview: Martin Accad on Middle East Conference
A Middle East conference in Lebanon will examine the Christian and Islamic perspectives on human rights and responsibilities, says Martin Accad in a new EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.
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What Does The Choice of a Pope's Name Mean?
What Does The Choice of a Pope's Name Mean?
A pope's name has strong symbolic significance. For Cardinal Bergoglio, choosing the name Pope Francis reflects a vow of care for human beings and the environment.
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Middle East Conference to Address Human Rights
Middle East Conference to Address Human Rights
This June's Middle East Conference in Lebanon will tackle religious freedom, freedom of speech and human trafficking. The lineup includes Christian and Muslim speakers.
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Why So Many Christians Break the 9th Commandment
Why So Many Christians Break the 9th Commandment
As Christians, we often hate it when people put us all in the same camp and assume we all think the same thing. Yet that's what we do far too often when we speak of Islam.
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Who's Your Hero? Reflections on Assad's Latest Speech
Who's Your Hero? Reflections on Assad's Latest Speech
The situation of Syria has become too complicated and too militarized on all sides for us sensibly to wish the victory of either side. No human or fictional hero will resolve this one.
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Will Obama's '09 Cairo Speech Bear Fruit in 2nd Term?
Will Obama's '09 Cairo Speech Bear Fruit in 2nd Term?
In a 2009 speech in Cairo, President Obama addressed seven thorny issues of U.S. relations with the Muslim world. Will those issues see progress in his second term?
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Domestic Slavery in the Contemporary Arab World
Domestic Slavery in the Contemporary Arab World
Many households in Lebanon have domestic help from other countries. These workers, however, are modern-day slaves, who are often locked up and given no time off.
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How Christians Can Respond to Muslim Film Controversy
How Christians Can Respond to Muslim Film Controversy
An amateurish film that offended many Muslims triggered violent reactions around the globe, revealing the deep gap between the Muslim and secular worlds. How do Christians help bridge the gap?
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What Side Should We Take in the Arab Spring?
What Side Should We Take in the Arab Spring?
As the Arab Spring advances, which side should the Church take? Our moral stance should be driven by a concern for human life and should support those who seek peace.
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Skype Interview: Martin Accad on Syria's Chaos
Skype Interview: Martin Accad on Syria's Chaos
As Syria deteriorates, faithfulness to the Gospel requires caring for the thousands of displaced refugees rather than taking a political side, one Baptist tells EthicsDaily.com.
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Building Interfaith Dialogue Through Relationships
Building Interfaith Dialogue Through Relationships
Interfaith dialogue typically involves an organized program in which both sides share their views before an audience. Instead of a stuffy meeting, what if we held a picnic?
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Too Many Christian Books Fuel Paranoia About Islam
Although the Caner brothers were born in Turkey and brought up as Muslims, their knowledge and understanding of Islam, as reflected in their book, Unveiling Islam, is sadly a typical example of most of the books that remain today on the Christian bookshelf on Islam. It allows itself far too many generalizations about Islam to qualify as scholarly. It ignores the inherent complexities of Islam and because of that, it is not helpful in resolving conflict.
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