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Author Jesse Wheeler

Jesse Wheeler is MRel program administrator, support instructor for MENA history, politics and economics, and program support Instructor at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary's Institute of Middle East Studies in Lebanon.

Contravening decades of official U.S. policy and international consensus, President Trump unilaterally recognized the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, a move that the U.N. Security Council soon denounced. […] Read More

The Pew Research Center released in early April an in-depth demographic study titled, “The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050: Why Muslims are Rising Fastest and Unaffiliated are Shrinking as a Share of Global Population.” “While many people have offered predictions about the future of religion, these are the first formal demographic projections […] Read More

I consistently encounter the same myths about the modern Middle East and its peoples. Some myths are seemingly innocuous, others less so. And because the world is now so interconnected, such long-standing myths must no longer have a place within our global discourse. Misinformation abounds when it comes to the Middle East, and certain misperceptions […] Read More

Bad theology kills. For many, the subject of “theology” invokes the image of old white men with impressive beards and antiquated ideas sitting in ivory seminary towers writing really big books that nobody reads. Yet within everything we think, say and do can be found a variety of implicit theologies, even if we are unconscious […] Read More

Few other passages are as instrumental in shaping my personal understanding of Christian witness as Matthew 5:13-16, which calls Christians to be salt and light through their good deeds. Jesus’ seemingly simple statement in Matthew 5:13 has long mystified readers. What does it actually mean to be the salt of the earth? When you think […] Read More

A number of years ago, a dearly beloved relative of mine felt compelled to ask: “Is ‘Allah’ God?” This question took me by surprise, for I felt as though my evangelical credentials were being put on trial. However, I have come to understand that this question comes from a place of legitimate concern about moral […] Read More

Beirut is mesmerizing and Lebanon is simply stunning. Nevertheless, even a brief analysis of the architectural subtext of downtown Beirut reveals how tragically imperative is the need for rectifying the contemporary state of interfaith or, more specifically, Christian-Muslim interaction. Reflecting upon the seemingly endless variety of sectarian sanctuaries – each vying to outdo the other […] Read More