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Kei Hiramatsu from Japan

Kei Hiramatsu from Japan

In Japan, where only 1-2% of the population is Christian, people do not celebrate Christmas in the way Christians around the world do. Our culture generally associates Christmas with romance; thus, young people feel urged to find someone with whom to spend this “romantic holiday.” Alternatively, many families perceive Christmas as the day when they eat Kentucky Fried Chicken together (it is funny but true!). For many Japanese, Christmas is not the day for celebrating our Savior’s birth.

David Kasali in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Special Update

David Kasali in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Special Update

We ask for your intercession on behalf of Beni. Our town has been brutally attacked twice in six days. The armed group that has been killing civilians in the Beni territory since 2014 has made incursions into the town of Beni and into our neighboring town of Oicha, killing over 75 of the most vulnerable inhabitants over the last three weeks. On November 24, one of the members of our contractor’s construction crew, the son of one of our campus guards, was killed in his neighborhood near our main campus.

Prophetic Call from the Lebanese Church

Prophetic Call from the Lebanese Church

We highlight a statement from the Lebanese Church concerning recent protests in Lebanon. Our Vital SustainAbility Initiative encourages faculty in the Majority World to speak prophetically from the Gospel to society and encourages schools of theology to support those prophets. We give thanks for this prophetic call for the common good – that this diverse and ecumenical group of leaders are united to condemn corruption, call for peace, and ask politicians to labor for society’s wellbeing. May we all – throughout the Global Church – have such courage.

Meron Gebreananaye

Meron Gebreananaye

Meron Gebreananaye’s first impression of Scripture was influenced by her mother’s large Orthodox Bible. Rare and expensive, it was wrapped in cloth and displayed in a prayer niche. It was never read. “In the Ethiopian Orthodox tradition,” she says, “Scripture is elevated to the extent that you are not expected to read it as a layperson.

Arabic Contemporary Commentary

Arabic Contemporary Commentary

This month, we celebrate the Arabic Contemporary Commentary, published almost a year ago and coedited by (among several others) Yohanna Katanacho, Riad Kassis, and Atef Gendy, members of the ScholarLeaders Fellowship. As one of the first modern Arabic-language Bible commentaries composed by Arab scholars for the Church, it is a major blessing and achievement.

The Church in Disorienting Times: Leading Prophetically Through Adversity

The Church in Disorienting Times: Leading Prophetically Through Adversity

“How can we be salt, light, and yeast that Scripture exhorts us to be when faced with despair? How can we live as active heroes when others expect us to be passive victims?” In light of this summer’s tensions in the Middle East, we invite you to read this collection of essays with contributions by Martin Accad, Yohanna Katanacho, and Elie Hadad, members of the ScholarLeaders fellowship.

Challenging Tradition: Innovation in Advanced Theological Education

Challenging Tradition: Innovation in Advanced Theological Education

Trained leaders help their congregations understand the Scriptures better so that they are equipped to serve Christ more effectively with their hearts and hands. To read more about what advanced theological education means around the world and about some of the new, creative approaches to teaching and learning, check out this book from Langham Publishing, in which one-third of the contributors are members of the ScholarLeaders Fellowship.