The Church of the Middle East is on Life Support: Lessons for the Global Body of Christ

Here is another superb blog post from my friend Martin Accad. Here is a meaningful quote:
‘It is when we withdraw ourselves from the cosmic war of religions that we come that much closer to Christ’s Gospel. We need to realize that the Gospel is not about increasing the number of Christians in order to win a demographic war against Muslims. Jesus did not address the ills of his society by seeking to make people more religious – in his case more Jewish. He did it by teaching them how to be more loving, more self-sacrificial, more like the children of their Father in heaven – in short, more like him, less religious.’
Thanks, Martin.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

The remains of the Amir Tadros Coptic Church in Minya, southern Egypt. (VIRGINIE NGUYEN HOANG/AFP/Getty Images) – originally published here

By Martin Accad

The Church of the Middle East is on life support, and fingers regularly point at Islam as the cause of its demise. Some, like influential popular historian Philip Jenkins, have already begun to toll the funeral bells. How do you prepare future leaders for the Arab church in such circumstances? And are there lessons to be learned for the church beyond the Middle East?

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