Why Are Palestinians Leaving?

Christ at the Checkpoint 2014. Bethlehem. March 10-14, 2014

Hanna Massad, Nashat Felemon, Bader Mansour – The Kingdom of God among the Palestinians

Ruth Padilla DeBorst – Living with the King; Waiting for the King

Latin American theologian Ruth Padilla DeBorst is a good friend and colleague.

Peter Kuzmic – The Kingdom of God and Caesar

Yohanna Katanacho – The Kingdom of God in the Gospel of John

This was an absolutely brilliant presentation.

Dr. Yohanna Katanacho teaches Biblical studies at Bethlehem Bible College.

Izzeldin Abuelaish and Sami Awad – Courage, Faith and Hope in the Midst of Adversity

This was one of the most interesting dialogue during the conference. Sami Awad, from the Holy Land Trust, interviewed Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Muslim who used to live and work in Gaza, before Israeli military killed his daughters during the last war there, and now resides in Canada.

Colin Chapman – Can Christianity Survive in the Middle East?

Colin Chapman is one of the most important Protestant specialists in Islam.

Grace Zoughbi – Hopes and Dreams of a Young Palestinian Christian


Christ at the Checkpoint 2014 – Mrs Vera Baboun, Mayor of Bethlehem

Christ at the Checkpoint – The Kingdom of God in Action

Oded Shoshani, Grace Matthew, Bishop Angaeolos, Moss Ntlha share at the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference 2014. Bethlehem.

Gary Burge & Daniel Juster – Dialogue on Replacement Theology

This dialogue has been for me the absolute highlight of this conference. The irenic dialogue between Gary Burge, a critique of Christian Zionism, and Daniel Juster, a leader of Messianic Christians was a model for the way that Christians holding strongly opposing views on important matters should engage with each others.

Joseph Cumming – A Christian Response to the Rise of National Religious States

Here is a new presentation made during the Christ at the Checkpoint 2014 conference in Bethlehem, Palestina, March 10-14 2014.

Joseph Cumming is Pastor of the International Church at Yale University, and from this base at Yale he works with Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders and scholars around the world to promote mutual understanding and reconciliation among the Abrahamic faith communities. He travels regularly to the Middle East, Africa, Asia and elsewhere to meet with religious leaders, to speak at conferences and to teach. He has been interviewed many times on Al-Jazeera (in Arabic), in leading media outlets in North America, and in other media outlets in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. Continue reading “Joseph Cumming – A Christian Response to the Rise of National Religious States”

Munther Isaac – ‘Who Is My Neighbour?’

Here is a second presentation from the Christ at the Checkpoint 2014 conference.

Munther Isaac, who has successfully defended today his PhD thesis at Oxford Centre of Mission Studies, has been the Director of this event.

Congratulations, Munther!

Mitri Raheb – The Story of the Palestinian Church

Rev. Mitri Raheb, pastor of the Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, is one of the few mainline Protestant speakers at the Christ at the Checkpoint 2014 Conference. In this brilliant presentation he outlines the history of the Church in Palestine, from the beginnings to today.

Salim Munayer: The Kingdom of God Within the Impasse of the Israeli and Palestinian Historical Narratives

This is the first in a series of recordings I will post on my blog from the 3rd conference Christ at the Checkpoint in which I participated in Bethlehem, Palestine.

Salim Munayer, from Musalaha, speaks at the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference March 11, 2014.

You may find HERE recordings from the previous (2012) conference.

Rev. Samih Mouris on the Situation of Christians in Egypt

Munther Isaac interviews Rev. Samih Mouris, Pastor of Kasr El Dobareh in Cairo, Egypt

Since Rev. Mouris could not participate at the conference in Bethlehem, this interview was presented to participants in recorded form.

Ron Sider: Biblical Justice

Ronald J. Sider (Ph.D., Yale) is Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry and Public Policy and Director of the Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy at Palmer Theological Seminary and President of Evangelicals for Social Action. A widely known evangelical speaker and writer, Sider has spoken on six continents, published thirty-one books and scores of articles. In 1982, The Christian Century named him one of the twelve “most influential persons in the field of religion in the U.S.” His Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger was recognized by Christianity Today as one of the one hundred most influential religious books of the twentieth century and named the seventh most influential book in the evangelical world in the last fifty years. His most recent books are The Scandal of Evangelical Politics: Why Are Christians Missing the Chance to Really Change the World and I Am not a Social Activist. Among his other publications are: The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience: Why Are Christians Living Just Like the Rest of the World, Just Generosity: A New Vision for Overcoming Poverty in America and Churches That Make a Difference: Reaching Your Community with Good News and Good Works (with Phil Olson and Heidi Unruh). Sider is the publisher of PRISM magazine and a contributing editor of Christianity Today and Sojourners. He has lectured at scores of colleges and universities around the world, including Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford.

Manfred Kohl – Theology of the Land As A Dividing Issue

Dr. Manfred Kohl was born in Germany during the Second World War, and was educated in Germany, England, and the US. He earned Master’s degrees in Divinity and Theology, and doctorates in Historical Theology and Ministry. After serving as a pastor in Massachusetts, he had various leadership positions at World Vision. Manfred is now VP of Programs & International Development with Overseas Council International (OCI), an organization that partners with more than 100 theological seminaries and Bible colleges in the non-Western world, equipping indigenous Christian leaders.

Labeeb Madanat: Contemporary Challenges Facing the Church

Labib Madanet studied at St. George’s school in Jerusalem and Ahliyya School in Ramallah and Dirar Ibn Al-Azwar in Amman. He trained in Soils and Irrigation at Mosul University in Iraq and later at Jordan University. From 1991 to 1997 he ministered as lay pastor of Jerusalem Alliance Church and from 1993 to 1997 worked with the Palestinian Bible Society. He presently is the Coordinator of the Palestinian and Israeli Bible Societies. (Source, HERE)

Bishara Awad: A Testimony to God’s Faithfulness

Evan Thomas and Salim Munayer: ‘The Day I Choose’

Continue reading “Evan Thomas and Salim Munayer: ‘The Day I Choose’”

Tony Campolo: Using the Red Letters of the Bible as Guides to Peace and Reconciliation

This was, in my opinion, the most powerful prophetic message at Christ at the Checkpoint Conference. A must see.

Tony Campolo, professor emeritus at Eastern University, is the founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization that develops schools and social programs in various Third World countries and in cities across North America. He is the author of 35 books, his latest three being, “Letters to a Young Evangelical,” “The God of Intimacy and Action” and, most recently, “Red Letter Christians: A Citizen’s Guide to Faith and Politics.”

Richard Harvey: Reconciliation from a Jewish Messianic Perspective

Richard Harvey is a Messianic Jew who has been involved in planting Messianic congregations and evangelism with Jews for Jesus and Church’s Ministry among Jewish People. His writings include But I’m Jewish and A Jewish Approach to the Trinity. A revised version of his thesis is published by Paternoster Press/Authentic Media as “Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology: A Constructive Approach”(Carlisle: Paternoster, 2009). Richard is a member of the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism; European Board Member, Jews for Jesus; Board of Reference, Caspari Centre, Jerusalem; Editorial Board, Mishkan (Academic Journal on Jewish Evangelism and Messianic Judaism) Jerusalem. He has his PhD from the University of Wales.

Sang Bok David Kim: How to Deal with Impossible People – A Biblical Perspective

The Rev. Dr. Sang-Bok David Kim was born in North Korea during the Japanese occcupation and grew up under communist rule until the first year of junior high school. When the Korean War broke out in 1950, he witnessed the three pastors and four elders of his own church martyred. He escaped to South Korea, separated from his parents and his siblings in North Korea, and was later educated in Korea and in USA.  He earned a Doctor of Theology degree from Grace Theological Seminary and has  taught as professor of theology and served as a pastor in USA and in Korea.

Dr. Kim also served as co-chair of Global Consultation of World Evangelization 1995 and chairman of Asia Theological Association.  He is currently serving as chairman of both the Asia Evangelical Alliance and the World Evangelical Alliance.

Dr. Kim is also chancellor of Torch Trinity Graduate University of Theology, Seoul, and pastor emeritus of Hallelujah Community Church, Korea.

Yohanna Katanacho: The Palestinian Church Past and Present

Rev. Dr. Yohanna Katanacho is a Palestinian Evangelical. He has earned his M.A. from Wheaton College and his M-Div as well as his Ph.D. from Trinity International University. In addition to many academic articles related to Palestinian theology, he has authored several books including a commentary on the book of Proverbs, the Seven “I Am” sayings in the Gospel of John, The King of Peace and His Followers, and a forthcoming book on the theology of the Land. He is also a co-author of the Palestinian Kairos document. Rev. Katanacho is now serving as the Academic Dean of Bethlehem Bible College.

Lynne Hybels: Daughters of Abraham

Lynne Hybels, from Willow Creek Church, speaks on “Daughters of Abraham: What I’m Learning from Women Making Peace in the Holy Land” at the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference 2012

Palestinian Women in Ministry

Palestinian Women in Ministry– Panel led by Mae Cannon. Featuring: Diana Simaan, Dina Katanacho, Grace Zoughbi, Shadia Qubti

This was a very interesting panel discussion, led beautifully by my friend and colleague Rev. Mae Cannon.

At the end the moderator of the day asked another woman to pray for the ladies on the platform. I wish it was a Western Evangelical leader, who could have used that opportunity to ask forgiveness and repent for the theological misogyny that Western missionaries have brought with them in the land of Palestine, harming the life and ministry of these amazingly resilient women.


Shireen Hilal: A Palestinian Reading of Scripture

This was a really beautiful presentation made by this remarcable Christian lady from Beit Sachour (Shepherds’ Field), near Bethlehem, who teaches at Bethlehem Bible College.

Chris Wright: Pray for the peace of… Babylon?!

Rev. Dr. Chris Wright is one of the clearest prophetic voices in today’s evangelicalism, one that both Westerners and Easterners need to hear. May God bless him and keep him, for the good of his Church.

Rev. Dr. Chris Wright, Langham Partnership’s International Director, is an Irishman who lives in London, with his heart firmly planted in the Majority World! Chris, with his wonderful wife Liz alongside, has pastored a local parish church, taught at a top seminary in India, served as President of a key Christian college, and authored 20 books. Chris was Chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group from 2005 – 2011, and Chair of the Statement Working Group at the Third Lausanne Congress, 2010, which produced The Cape Town Commitment. He is also Chair of the Theological Resource Team for Tearfund (UK).

I have had the privilege of serving for four years under Christ Wright’s leadership in the Lausanne Theology Task Force, and I have deep respect for his prophetic character and Biblical teaching, that makes the Old Testament alive in vivid Christological manner. A real gist for the Church. John Stott could have not chosen a better successor at the leadership of Langham Partnership.

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Note: Chris mentions in his speech my World Vision colleague Chawkat Moucarry, a leading Evangelical scholar in Islamic studies, who taught under his leadership at All Nations College in London.

Colin Chapman: A Christian Response to Radical Islam

Rev. Colin Chapman, author of Cross & Crescent: Responding to the Challenge of Islam, is a leading Evangelical scholar specialised in Islamic studies.

‘Colin Chapman’s first engagement with Islam came through working with the Church Mission Society in teaching roles in Egypt and Lebanon over seventeen years. In his last post, 1999-2003, he was lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon. Before that he taught at Trinity College Bristol and was Principal of Crowther Hall, the former CMS Training College at Selly Oak, Birmingham. His books include: Cross and Crescent: Responding to the Challenges of Islam (IVP, 1995; new edition September 2007), and ‘Islamic Terrorism’: Is there a Christian Response? (Grove, 2005). He is now enjoying semi-retirement in Milton, Cambridge.’
(Source, HERE)

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I attach below the PDF text of this presentation, that Colin gave me permission to use here.

Colin Chapman – A Christian Response to Radical Islam

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