Three Years after the Arab Spring

2011 began with high expectations for new freedoms and prosperity across much of the Arab world. Three years on, there is a palpable sense of disappointment and frustration. Egypt has been through two revolutions, has had a failed experiment with political Islam and...

Speakers Urge Baptists to Engage with Muslims

During the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, several speakers urged Baptists to understand and engage Muslims to advance the common good in the Middle East. The presentations came during a joint session on Monday of two BWA...

Churches in Arab Spring: Political or Prophetic Voice?

A question has been on my mind a lot lately. What should the role of the church be in the context of our troubled region? How should the church respond to its changing realities as the Arab Spring is unfolding? We can observe a variety of responses around us. Mostly,...

Muslims More Diverse Than Cable TV Images

A few weeks ago, I left Cairo after living in Egypt for two years. I loved my time there. I worked first as a copywriter and editor, and then as an English teacher, living through the uprising that toppled former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and then Egypt’s...