The Church in Disorienting Times: Leading Prophetically through Adversity

The Church in Disorienting Times: Leading Prophetically through Adversity

by Jonathan Andrews

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The Middle East is in a period of profound change. In the midst of turbulence, trauma, tragedy and the hopelessness felt by many, an increasing number of indigenous churches are finding ever more imaginative ways to be active in the societies of which they are a long-standing and integral part. This book describes some of these developments. It seeks to inspire Christians worldwide to stand alongside such people and to provoke everyone, in the Middle East and elsewhere, to ask what they should be doing to encourage transformation of societies to the glory of God. How can we be the 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? The expert contributors of this book delve into these issues to give churches direction in these disorienting times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783684359
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 05/30/2018
Series: Institute of Middle East Studies Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 152
File size: 289 KB

About the Author

JONATHAN ANDREWS has been researching and writing about issues that underlie the day-to-day lives of Middle Eastern Christian communities since 2003.

Dr Martin Accad is the Chief Academic Officer of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Mansourieh, Lebanon, and Director of the Institute of Middle East Studies (IMES) located at ABTS. He is also Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA. In addition, he is Director of Programs, Middle East, for the Centre on Religion and Global Affairs (

Ramez Atallah is the General Secretary of the Bible Society of Egypt, a post he has held since 1990. He was born and raised in Egypt. He moved with his parents to Canada in the early 1960s after the Egyptian government nationalized his parents' properties. He returned to Egypt in 1980, together with his wife, Rebecca, who is Canadian although born in Haiti where her parents were missionaries. He was Regional Secretary for the Middle East of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) from 1980 to 1990. He has participated in the Lausanne Movement since its inception in 1974, twice serving as its Vice-Chairman, and was Program Chairman for the Cape Town 2010 Congress.

Table of Contents





1 – Persecution and Suffering

Reflections on the Christians of Egypt Today (by Ramez Atallah)

Devotional Pause: Psalm 91 (by Gary Nelson)

Cross-Check: Palestinians – Suffering Occupation (by Daniel Bannoura)

Witness 1: Aydin – A Convert Who Was Obliged to Leave His Country

Witness 2: Tahia – Choosing to Follow Jesus Cost Her Marriage

Global Cross-Check: Victims or Heroes in the Search for Meaning? (by Gordon Showell-Rogers)

Leading Prophetically

Questions for Reflection

2 – Emigration

Biblical and Theological Reflections on Emigration (by Elie Haddad)

Devotional Pause: Psalm 18 (by Gary Nelson)

A Syrian Perspective (by Harout Seliman)

An Egyptian Perspective (by Ramez Atallah)

A Palestinian Perspective (by Daniel Bannoura)

Witness 1: Kamel’s Temporary Move Abroad Lasted Thirty Years

Witness 2: Ash’s Journey to the USA via Lebanon

Global Cross-Check: Canada – A Nation of Immigrants (by Greg Butt)

Leading Prophetically: Being Faithful to the Call of God

Questions for Reflection

3 – Hopelessness and Despair

A Theology of Tears: Cry with Us (by Yohanna Katanacho)

Devotional Pause: Psalm 27 (by Gary Nelson)

Cross-Check: Syria as a Wake-up for the Church (by Nehla Issac)

The Book of Psalms for Situations of Conflict and Overt Evil (by Yohanna Katanacho)

Witness 1: Rebecca with Suzanne, Teresa and Fr Simon

Witness 2: Nadia with Tala and Sahar

Global Cross-Check: From Hopelessness and Despair to Anger and Courage (by Shane McNary)

Responding to Hopelessness and Despair: Four Causes for Hope (by Helen Paynter)

Leading Prophetically

Questions for Reflection

4 – Minoritization

From Minority Status to the Fateful Embrace of Minoritization (by Martin Accad)

Devotional Pause: Psalm 137 (by Gary Nelson)

Cross-Check: An Active Presence Rooted in a Universal Identity in Christ (by Ehab el-Kharrat)

Witness 1: Haitham – The Changing Nature of the Church in Iraq

Witness 2: Elias – Palestinian and Christian in Lebanon

Global Cross-Check: France’s Evangelical Christian Community (by Philip Halliday)

A Canadian Perspective: The Treatment of the Original Inhabitants (by Gary Nelson)

Leading Prophetically

Questions for Reflection


Appendix: The Kerygmatic Approach within the SEKAP Scale





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