By: Mike Kuhn
Mission funding is a powerful force flooding the Middle East like a sudden storm in an arid desert. It changes the entire environment - sometimes doing great good, but with the potential to do great harm.
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?
By: EthicsDaily Staff
The United Nations' Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic has determined that the Islamic State is committing genocide against the Yazidi people.
By: Wissam al-Saliby
Western collusion aids the increasing human rights violations in the Middle East and North Africa, ranging from political support at the U.N. Security Council to the provision of weapons and police equipment.
By: Wissam al-Saliby
The Middle East and North Africa region is seeing increased oppression and human rights violations, even arresting activists and journalists over Facebook posts. How are Western governments involved?
By: Hailey Brenden
Bethlehem Bible College in Jerusalem prepares Christian leaders to serve Arab churches and society despite difficult circumstances and a dwindling Christian population.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
The House of Representatives unanimously approved a resolution declaring actions by IS against religious minorities in the Mideast to be genocide.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
How often you attend church and your religious tradition influence whether you sympathize with Israelis or Palestinians in the Middle East conflict, a Gallup poll discovered.
By: EBF News
In a letter to Jordan's King Abdullah II, European Baptist Federation's Tony Peck praised the Jordanian government and royal family for promoting religious tolerance in the Middle East.
By: Nabil Costa
For people living in the Middle East and North Africa, life is incredibly hard. This Christmas season, here are four gifts that would help children and families escape their daily burdens.
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.
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?
By: Suzie Lahoud
The idolatry of shaping God in our own image has been the root of much evil in the world. Those who believe the church's hands are clean are guilty of one of the most dangerous sins - apathy.
By: Suzie Lahoud
When we attempt to make sense of the world by ordering the mind of God, we are inevitably fashioning him in our own image because the human mind is never free of prejudice. This is idolatry.
By: Mike Kuhn
ISIS leaders are not religiously inspired but are using the power of religion to mobilize fighters, a report says. If true, will some Christians continue to castigate Islam as the culprit for this senseless perversion?
By: Jesse Wheeler
Misinformation abounds when it comes to the Middle East. Certain misperceptions have proven to have profound socio-cultural consequences and destructive policy ramifications.
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.
By: Rupen Das
Syria occupied Lebanon for 20 years. The memory still burns in many Lebanese families. But when Syrian refugees cascaded into Lebanon to flee their nation's civil unrest, Lebanese churches had to make a choice.
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.
By: Elie Haddad
Middle East Christians are facing terrible tragedies on many fronts, but they're discovering how to be agents of hope to those around them with no hope. They may be powerless, but they're not weak.
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.
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.
By: Robert Parham
Evangelical leaders in the Middle East have issued a "state of emergency," warning that the Christian presence there could be annihilated.
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists and other Christians responded in varying ways to President Barack Obama's prime-time speech about proposals to confront a growing terrorist threat in the Middle East.
By: William L. Sachs, Imad Damaj and Joshua Ralston
The new divide between moderates and extremists raises familiar and nagging questions: What can the moderate majority in every religion do to combat extremism? When and how will moderates stand up?
By: Chris Hall
Instead of offering Christians in the Middle East visas to escape violence, European and Western governments should be lobbying for them to return to their homes in peace, a Baptist leader says.
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from Israel, Syria and Iraq explained at a BWA forum how they live as a minority group in their nations and shared their efforts to build bridges with their non-Christian neighbors.
By: Chris Hall
Churches in the Middle East and North Africa may be facing hard times as they struggle with the rise of armed fundamentalist militias, government crackdowns and civil war, but that's only half the story.
By: Jesse Wheeler
Theology encompasses our very core beliefs as to how the universe functions and how we function within it. While good theology brings life, bad theology kills. Here's how to tell the difference.
By: Robert Parham
Syrian refugees present humanitarian, economic challenges to Lebanon. The challenge presented to Lebanese churches is unrecognized.
By: Terence Ascott
When the Arab Spring began three years ago, many in the Arab world had high expectations for new freedoms and prosperity. Fast forward to today, the disappointment and frustration are palpable.
During a gathering focused on the challenges facing Israel today, one speaker said the answer to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be peace without justice. Is he right?
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.
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.
Realities are changing so dramatically in the Mideast that we could see a surprising game-changing opportunity for achieving human rights and common security for both Palestine and Israel.
When Western allies kill civilians during war, it's collateral damage. When our adversaries do it, we label it a war crime. Either way, innocent people are dead.
When Western Christians support Israel without reserve, they run the risk of perpetuating the oppression of Palestinian Christians. They value real estate more than people.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems more intractable than ever. Both sides live in fear and will continue to do so until a peaceful resolution provides justice for all.
A Baptist father of five was among the casualties when Israel bombed the Gaza Strip. A former Gaza Baptist Church pastor says "40 percent" of Gaza's casualties have been children.
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?
Palestinian Christian leaders signed a letter urging the United Nations to grant observer-state status to the PLO, calling it a step in the right direction to peace.
When churches feel besieged and when they're anguished and uncertain about their future, they can find comfort in knowing that God is always present with them.
In the wake of a bomb blast on Oct. 19 that killed a top security official and others, Lebanese Baptists are appealing to Baptists worldwide to pray for the country.
Whenever we seek an explanation for what's wrong with our society, we're very good at blaming those at the margins and not as good at examining our own faults.
Arab Baptist Theological Seminary trains its students to serve in churches as effective leaders, who are able to respond to the pressing social issues of the day.
The Muslim world has vast diversity and isn't limited to the images seen on cable TV news, says an American who lived in Egypt for the past two years.
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?
As Lebanon's poor and marginalized are endangered by a fractured social safety net, will churches step up to be true advocates for those most at risk?
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.
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.
A warehouse in Jordan was the site for a U.S.-funded "weapons fair." Imagine the differences if we had offered agriculture resources instead of shilling weapons of war.
How do Christians in the Middle East relate to Muslims? It's crucial to establish loving relationships without marginalizing problems created by a radical Islamic authority, European Baptists said.
Two girls – one Jewish, the other Muslim – from a school in Israel set off a chain of events that led to a Texas Baptist church's involvement in peacekeeping in the Holy Land.
With numerous hot spots in the Middle East, Baptists should continue to pray for the region, according to an official with the Baptist World Alliance and the European Baptist Federation.
To participate in an investment campaign in and for Palestine without standing against Israel's subjection of the Palestinians sides with the oppressors and opposes the oppressed.
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?
Raised as a Christian Zionist, Porter Speakman Jr., producer and director of a documentary, "With God on Our Side," had his eyes opened after living in the Middle East.
The United States and Western Europe are strong advocates of human rights in Africa and the Middle East – as long as it doesn't block their economic and political interests.
As the nation of Israel celebrates its 64th anniversary, it's hard not to sympathize with its citizens' desire for a homeland and with Palestinian Arabs. Will they ever coexist peacefully?
In the wake of the Arab Spring, European Baptist Federation leaders said Baptist churches in the Middle East face great uncertainty, but there were open doors to spread the Christian message.
Palestinian Christians live in constant fear in a tense and perplexing situation. Building intentional relationships with Jewish and Orthodox Christian faith leaders is a first step to negotiate for justice.
The saber-rattling in this presidential election year has replaced Iraq with Iran as the global villain. As politicians in the U.S. and Israel escalate fear of Iran, will they create a self-fulfilling prophecy?
Turning a blind eye to injustices in the Middle East, much of the U.S. public, including many of its church leaders, are profoundly ignorant of Middle East history.
Vandals spray-painted threats to Arabs and Christians on a school and a monastery in Jerusalem. For the school, which has Arab and Jewish students, it was an opportunity to draw closer together.
(RNS) A Presbyterian Church (USA) committee will recommend that the church add heavy equipment giant Caterpillar to its divestment list.
Following their end-of-the-world beliefs, Christian Zionists in the U.S. misuse the Bible to theologically justify displacing and oppressing Palestinians, thwarting efforts for Middle East peace.
Times are changing in the Arab world as more Christian women assume positions of leadership. But, as two women point out, more women need the courage to step out of their comfort zones.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Two Muslim congressmen and other prominent Muslims have urged Hamas to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Nothing continues to threaten the prospect of peace in the Middle East like religious extremism, but what is an authentic Christian response to the Middle East question?
Palestinians who seek a safe homeland in the Mideast have been lied to and mistreated repeatedly, but that doesn't mean they can rewrite history by denying that there was ever a Hebrew nation in Palestine.
After giving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 24 standing ovations during his 50-minute speech before Congress, maybe it's time for our national politicians to revise their pledge of allegiance.
Israeli Baptists celebrated their 100-year anniversary in the Middle East, which began with the return on Shukri Musa to his homeland from Illinois, where he was baptized and commissioned as a pastor.
Jewish, Christian and Muslim American religious organizations affirmed President Barack Obama's speech last week aimed at pushing Israelis and Palestinians to pursue peace. Other faith leaders were more critical.
If we refuse to examine issues from our enemy's point of view, we limit our ability to create the conditions for peaceful coexistence. Jesus told us to love our enemy. Will we listen?
(RNS/ENInews) Christian leaders are calling on the Obama administration to renew diplomatic efforts to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The success of protest movements in the Middle East and North Africa could provide "incredible opportunities" for the regions' Christians, who are in the minority and often face persecution.
NEW YORK (RNS) When Anam Chaudhry sang the national anthem she wore a Muslim headscarf, and around her shoulders, another garment: the American flag.
How do we understand the extraordinary events of the Middle East, including the tottering regime of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya? God does not care very much about political calculations, but he does care about justice.
Tyrants hang on to power for as long as possible. If the Arab world adheres to Gandhi-style civil disobedience, then this historic movement, which began in Tunisia, will depose the tyrants of the Arab world.
Deep uncertainty has enveloped the Middle East. Tunisia and Egypt have been transformed. Yemen and Jordan are experiencing discontent. Even Lebanon is asking fresh questions about democratic freedoms.
With the population of Arab countries growing, Arab Christians have the opportunity to influence the communities in which God has called them to serve.
Christmas trees are in the news all over the world. They were banned in a Nazareth suburb. Another one was lit by a Sunni Muslim official in Beirut. And Egyptians purchased a half-million Christmas trees.
The angels' celestial anthem over the skies of Bethlehem reminds us that God yearns for peace on earth, but he also longs for the peace of Palestine and of Israel – for serenity in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
A delegation of American Baptist leaders spent almost two weeks in the Middle East, engaging in interfaith dialogue with Muslims and encouraging Arab Christians.
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Palestinian government has pulled a report stating that Jews have no historic connection to the Western Wall.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Experiencing the warmest, driest November on record, residents of the Holy Land are calling on a higher power to bring rain.
The attack of a Catholic church in Baghdad, resulting in the loss of dozens of innocent lives, has focused attention once more on the plight of the Christian population in Iraq as well as the Middle East.
Followers of Christian Zionism, which sees the nation of Israel as the fulfillment of biblical prophecy, objected to a Baptist magazine's guest editorial. What the Middle East needs is less ideologues and more peacemakers.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a political issue and should be worked out using political and diplomatic resources, not theological debate. Religion, in this case, has contributed more to the problem rather than the solution.
The director of a Christian organization in the Middle East urged British Baptists to learn more about the plight of Christians in Palestine. While they try to live peacefully amid the conflict, many constantly feel weak.
In the midst of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, 29 U.S. Christian leaders believe that religion can be a force for peace. It is a moral imperative too often rejected by other U.S. Christian leaders.
The situation in the Gaza Strip polarizes opinions. One extreme believes the blockade should be unconditionally lifted; the other believes Gaza deserves all it gets. What will it take to begin reconciliation?
Jimmy Carter made being "born again" a campaign issue in 1976, vowing that his faith would help him govern. In the aftermath of Watergate, the American people were looking for someone they could trust.
Rep. Michele Bachmann argues that the United States should base its foreign policy in the Middle East on one particular way of reading a verse from Genesis. Her rationale has several flaws.
More than 50 religious leaders, including Baptists from the United States, signed a letter sent to President Obama, calling for a just and lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
When a well-respected rabbi advocates the killing of civilians and the destruction of holy sites in time of war, one must ask what makes him different from Muslim extremists. Further, what do we say in response to this?
President Obama's trip to predominantly Muslim nations in the Middle East holds historic promise. Every Christian can only pray that Obama's trip sows seeds that will bear fruit of a hundred-fold for peace.
With their roots stretching back to 1911, the Baptist community in Israel numbers 3,000 people making up 20 churches in Galilee and central Israel. They are a minority group in a multifaith, multicultural society.
The Baptist movement in Lebanon began more than a century ago when a Lebanese photographer visited a Baptist church in St. Louis. Today, its ministries include a seminary, publishing house, school and a community-relief organization.
Sixty years ago, Christians constituted more than 25 percent of the overall Palestinian population in the Holy Land. Today, those numbers have dwindled alarmingly, due largely to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The lasting effect of the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty, signed 30 years ago, makes it the most successful modern effort toward Middle East peace.
While prayer and financial support are important keys to resolving the conflict in the Middle East, they are not the only keys. Our own silence and complacency must end if justice and peace are to prevail.
News that even in these straitened times international donors have responded so generously to the needs of Gaza is very welcome.
I want to go to Iraq. Not today, or tomorrow. Probably not for several years, and certainly not as a soldier -- but I want to go to Iraq. I want to go as a tourist, a student, a pilgrim of sorts.
One of the most disturbing wars in history began with British protectorate rule over Palestine. Begun in the 1920s, the "Holy Land" war continues between Arabs and Jews to this day. With such tremendous hatred for one another, will a solution ever be found?
In January 2008 I received an e-mail from a distraught former student informing me that Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid, a Christmas gift she had given her grandfather, was dismissed as a misguided treatise and unfair criticism of Israel.
The purpose of this essay is not to air a laundry list of serious errors in judgment infracted by some over the years. Rather, it is intended to help shed light on and perhaps assist in sweeping away some of the cobwebs and pre-conceived notions most Americans have about Palestinians.
Raouf Halaby sometimes asks his students, as he’s breaking the ice about his background, how big they think the Jordan River is.
The recent events in Gaza are a horrific example of democracy at work, according to Raouf Halaby. But the implementation of democracy in this case grates against the American ideal like fingernails on a chalkboard.
More than anything else, it appears the American populace may simply be too disinterested or too distracted to engage in believable change on this issue, despite its obvious far-reaching importance not just in the region but across the globe.
With family living in Israel and two cousins in the Israeli army, I have been watching the Gaza situation carefully. It is heartbreaking. It is tragic. Innocent people on both sides are suffering. But now is not the time for inflammatory remarks. Now is not the time to callously throw around words like "genocide." Now is not the time to point fingers at only one side, without taking a critical look at what both sides are doing. American politicians have been arguing that if America were hit by Katyushas from Mexico or Canada, we would attack these countries just as Israel has been hitting Gaza. The question is, if Americans had been squeezed into a hermetically sealed Florida and denied food, medicine, fuel and freedom of movement, would we not hit the perpetrator with missiles?
Like me you’ve no doubt been following the current hostilities between Israel and Hamas. How much do you know about the situation? I’d like to offer a few bits of information as you seek to make sense of what’s happening there.
Serious times call for serious people, and it's hard to imagine more serious times than these. War in Afghanistan is going badly (read the history books, and you will realise that the only non-Afghan who could not have written that sentence was Alexander the Great).
A Jan. 5 Baptist Press article on the conflict in Gaza included several misleading claims and untrustworthy sources. The BP story quickly spread and was picked up by other news sites, including the Baptist Standard, Florida Baptist Witness, Townhall, Crosswalk.
Like many in this part of the world and around the globe my heart aches when I read and see pictures of the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, and likewise when I see Israelis killed or injured by Qassam rockets.
A Baptist pastor—the pastor of the only Protestant church in the Gaza Strip—has spoken about the plight of Palestinian Christians and others in the wake of the recent attacks.
A British Baptist leader joined a reported 15,000 people last Saturday in a march in central London showing solidarity with Palestinians.
Most of us would love to see more democracy in the nations of the world. Just suppose the Middle East had a fledging democracy 50-plus years ago. Iran did have a thriving and growing democracy, until August 1953.
Christians, Muslims and Jews around the world prayed for this week's Mideast peace talks in Annapolis, Md.--some for their success and others for them to fail.
Lebanese Baptists questioned a proposed U.N. resolution drafted by the United States and France seeking a truce in fighting between Israel and Hezbollah that has lasted more than three weeks.
BEIRUT, Lebanon--A European Baptist Federation delegation held rare meetings with two of Lebanon's most powerful political leaders.