New Books

Theology of Reconciliation in the Context of Church Relations: A Palestinian Christian Perspective in Dialogue with Miroslav Volf

Our second September book is Theology of Reconciliation in the Context of Church Relations: A Palestinian Christian Perspective in Dialogue with Miroslav Volf by Rula Mansour (Women’s PeerLeader Forum). By analyzing intra-church conflicts and splits in the Arab context, Rula crafts a Middle Eastern approach to Christian peacemaking. She encourages Christians around the world to

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New Books

Reading the Gospel of John through Palestinian Eyes

September’s first book-of-the-month is by Yohanna Katanacho (LeaderStudies; 2020 ScholarLeader of the Year). Reading the Gospel of John through Palestinian Eyes will guide you to understand Christ’s life from the point of view of someone close to His culture – with a particularly rich emphasis on Christ’s miracles in the Palestinian setting.

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Prayer Community

Ara Badalian in Iraq

We are under a partial lockdown from 5pm until 5am daily. Typically crowded places like restaurants, malls, churches, and mosques are completely closed until permission from the government. Actually, it has not been easy to stop Sunday worship meetings and all gatherings in our church building. We had to cancel our Holy Week and Easter services in the spring. This has especially challenged traditional Christian communities, especially those with their own liturgies and rituals.

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Prayer Community

Pray for Beirut

With heavy hearts, we request prayer for the people of Lebanon, after two explosions on August 5 killed 150+ people, wounded 5,000+, and displaced 300,000+ in Beirut. The blasts damaged buildings several miles from the port, where fires had detonated 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, sending shock waves that reached neighboring Cyprus. Several leaders in the ScholarLeaders community live and minister in and near Beirut. We have communicated with each of them and, thankfully, they have all survived and are now participating in cleanup and relief efforts.

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News

David Muthukumar Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to David Muthukumar (LeaderStudies), who successfully defended his dissertation in mid-July. David teaches at Union Biblical Seminary in India, where his research upholds Christ’s uniqueness. Please pray for him as he continues to serve the Church.

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Prayer Community

Grace Al-Zoughbi Arteen from Palestine

In Palestine, things are getting more complicated politically, unfortunately. With the news of the proposed Israeli annexation of the West Bank, the future is all the more uncertain. It is in these times that we need to firmly place our faith in the Lord, and to continually pray for justice and peace in our region.

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Elias Ghazal from Lebanon

In Lebanon, the governance system is based on power sharing between Christians and Muslims. In theory such a system underwrites coexistence, but in practice it is a recipe for division and inter-communal conflict. As community gatekeepers, clergy have been framed as part of the problem, but I am investigating how they can be part of the solution. I hope my research can contribute to peacebuilding in Lebanon and to creating an environment that encourages Gospel growth.

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News

Thomas Traore Defends Dissertation

We congratulate Thomas Traore (LeaderStudies), who successfully defended his dissertation in June. In Burkina Faso, he directs the Maranatha Institute, which disciples and trains new pastors. He gives thanks for ScholarLeaders: “By supporting higher-level theological training, SL is contributing to the theological development of the Church around the world and, in particular, in Africa, one

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