Network of Evangelicals for the Middle East (NEME) welcomes Mercy Aiken as the NEME Relationship Manager beginning in her role since mid-February 2022.
NEME hosts a variety of webinars to discuss topics related to the larger Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region in general and Israel/Palestine in particular. Our focus includes (but is not limited to) human rights issues across the region, issues facing MENA Christians, inter-religious dialogue, and how our understanding of the gospel informs these issues. We are also concerned with Christian Zionism and the implications for the people living in Israel/Palestine, as well as its impact on the pursuit of the cause of just peace in the Middle East. Links to those webinars can be found below.
A conversation around Bishara Awad's newly released memoir, Yet in the Dark Streets Shining (March 24, 2022): Facilitated by Dr. Andrew Bush of the Bethlehem Institute for Peace and Justice and NEME Senior Research Fellow Bruce Fisk. Bishara Awad (founder of Bethlehem Bible College) and Mercy Aiken (co-author) talk about Bishara's life story, how the book came together, and some of the larger theological questions that it addresses.
Health Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Access to Healthcare & COVID-19 Vaccines (Panel Discussion) (November 15, 2021): This panel discussion, hosted by the Network of Evangelicals for the Middle East and Peace Catalyst International, explores the effects of the military occupation of the West Bank and blockade of Gaza on healthcare, with a special focus on access to the COVID-19 vaccines.
"Interview with Daoud Nassar of the Tent of Nations" (Friday, June 11, 2021): Andrew Bush, Director of the Bethlehem Institute of Peace and Justice of the Bethlehem Bible College, sat down with Daoud Nassar of Tent of Nations to get an update on the situation at the farm & how people can support the work they do. Find out more about the Tent of Nations here.
"Two Chosen Peoples? Two Promised Lands? Christian Nationalism & Christian Zionism under Trump and Biden" (May 18, 2021): Both Christian Nationalism and Christian Zionism are in the news these days. Described recently as "cousins," these two movements are marked by militancy, urgency, and conservatism. Both count many Evangelicals among their ranks, and both are actively working to define U.S. interests and foreign policy in ways that put vulnerable peoples at risk. Perhaps their greatest overlap is the ideology of exceptionalism. For Christian Zionists, the Holy Land has always been and must remain distinctively Jewish. Christian Nationalists likewise contend that America has always been and must remain distinctively Christian. Host Dr. Andrea Smith of Evangelicals4Justice spoke with Lisa Sharon Harper of Freedom Road, David Crump, and L. Daniel Hawk as they compared and contrasted these two -isms, and discussed how followers of Jesus might wisely and effectively respond.
"Annexation 101": Bruce Fisk hosted the conversation with Mae Cannon, Heather Keaney, and Sam Bahour, discussed what Israel’s proposed annexation of territory means, what it would change on the ground for Israelis and Palestinians, and why many around the world believe it would undermine the cause of a just peace in the Middle East.
"The Bible and the Land of Promise: A Christian Conversation": Rob Dalrymple hosted a panel of Christian scholars (Joel Willitts, Craig Blaising, Gary Burge, and Daniel Bannoura) for a conversation asking what does the Bible say about the Holy Land? Did God promise it all to the descendant of Abraham? Where does that leave Israelis and Palestinians today?
"Voting Faithfully: How Evangelicals Shape U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East": With Rev. Najla Kassab, Botrus Mansour, Jeff Anderson, and moderator Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, a webinar conversation about how the U.S. November 2020 elections are affecting Christians – and others – in the Middle East. The conversation will discuss the role North American Evangelicals play in the policies affecting daily realities for those living in the Middle East and what you should know before you vote in November's election.
Determinetruth & David Crump discuss Christian Zionism and his upcoming book: "Like Birds in a Cage": Rob Dalrymple sat down with author David Crump to discuss his upcoming book on Christian Zionism: "Like Birds in a Cage." The conversation ranges from David's personal experiences in the land of Israel/Palestine to an examination of the theology of Christian Zionism.
Below are links to articles that present various viewpoints on the issue of evangelicalism and its influence on American foreign policy and other matters.
*Links posted here do not reflect NEME's positions or beliefs but are meant as educational resources and conversation starters.*
Christian Nationalism and Christian Zionism: Two Sides of the Same Coin? - Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon & Dr. Bruce Fisk
Conflict Stirs Evangelical Debate - Andrew F. Bush & Rob Dalrymple
One State Solution in Israel/Palestine? A Conversation and Review - Bruce Fisk, Red Letter Christians
No Zoom Fatigue for Revived Baptist Church in Gaza - Kenny Schmitt, Christianity Today
“Pro-life” means “pro-all-life” - Rob Dalrymple
My Heart is Broken: the Church, Peace, and the Middle East - Rob Dalrymple
The “signs of the times” and the return of Jesus - Rob Dalrymple
The Evangelical View of Israel? - Todd Hertz
Who Defines Evangelicalism? An Interview with Mark Noll - Eric C. Miller
In Their Own Right: Evangelical Rejection of Palestinian Human Rights and Dignity - Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon
Inside the Evangelical Money Flowing Into the West Bank - Haaretz Magazine
Christian Zionism: Made in America? - Bruce Fisk
Yet in the Dark Streets Shining - Bishara Awad and Mercy Aiken
A Land Full of God: Christian Perspectives on the Holy Land - Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon (editor)