Middle East

Hard Stories: Processing Devastation in Poetry

First posted on middleeastnews.org.uk, a blog contributed to by westerners commentating on living life in the Middle East. Follow their blog for interesting stories, poetry, recipes and applied theology.    There are many times when we have heard devastating stories from people’s lives.   I have been learning how to respond with love, faith, empathy and compassion.  …

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Jacob “The Patchwork Man” Baradaeus

I’m really enjoying Moffett’s History of Christianity in Asia, and am struck by this paragraph summarising Jacob Baradaeus (Yaqub al-Barada’i) and his extraordinary church-planting impact. Here’s the paragraph: “Jacob never really lived in Edessa, his episcopal seat. The police were too hot on his trail… For over thirty-five years, from 542 to 578, Jacob eluded …

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The Bethlehem Story: Mission and Justice in the Margins of the World, by Andy McCullough

Andy McCullough’s new book is coming out soon. Below is a sample from the story of Rahab. Jericho. One of the oldest cities in the world. City of palms, where the Judean wilderness meets the Jordan valley, and date palms stretch as far as the eye can see. It’s harvest time, early spring, when the …

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The good shepherd

One of our friends in the Middle East was in the mountains last week and bumped into a shepherd. They had a chat about the Parable of the Good Shepherd and caught it on video. Enjoy a brief watch.