Blog Posts on Middle East

What God Says to Egypt

John Piper
What God Says to Egypt

Egypt! Egypt!
A Meditation for Today
on Isaiah 19:24–25

O Egypt, Egypt, do you not
Recall, dear friend — have you forgot —
That twice you were the savior of
My only Son — though not from love?

You fed him in the famine. Then
You took him for a slave. And when
I rescued him, I made you know
My name, my power, and how much woe
Will fall on those who mock my Son.

And when he came again, the One
That Herod would destroy, he fled
Once more to his dear friend who fed
Him once before. And there you hid
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The Apologetical Power of the Existence of Israel

David Mathis

Christianity Today's four-part dialogue between John Piper and David Brickner of Jews for Jesus is now fully published online. The topic isthe relationship and attitudes American Christians should have toward Israel.

In Piper's second and final response (part four), he draws attention to the apologetic of Israel's ongoing existence:

On the 60th anniversary of the birth of the modern state of Israel (May 7, 2008), I celebrated the astonishing apologetical... Continue Reading

Dialogue on the Most Controversial Place on Earth

David Mathis

Some Muslims have vowed to extinguish Israel. Many Israelis feel the same animosity toward their Middle Eastern neighbors. Near-apocalyptic tensions rarely subside in Israel-Palestine, the most controversial place on earth.

How should Christians — carrying Bibles with lots to say about Israel, her land, and her enemies — orient today toward these ongoing pressures in the Middle East?

Christianity Todayis hosting an online four-part dialogue between John Piper... Continue Reading

The Price of Freedom in Egypt

John Piper

Ramez Atallah is the General Director of the Bible Society of Egypt. This update from Cairo is a reminder that there are not unambiguous events in this fallen world. Things cut both ways. Reading this careful assessment from the inside, makes me all the more thankful that Ramez will be one of our speakers at the Desiring God Conference for Pastors next February. Read, learn, and pray:

June 15, 2011

Dear friends,

When a million ordinary and non-violent Egyptians from all walks of... Continue Reading

Israel, Arabs, and the Family of God

John Piper

Last Sunday I met an Arab Christian who was visiting our church. In a respectful way, he poured out his heart concerning the plight of his people in the Middle East and his sadness at how few American Christian pastors ever say anything positive or hopeful about Arab Christians.

His perception is that Christians in America give carte blanche support for Israel. No injustice against Palestinians or Arab Christians elsewhere seems to get a response in American pulpits.

So I... Continue Reading

How Shall We Pray About the Upheavals in the Middle East?

John Piper

In 1 Timothy 2:1–4, Paul connects prayer for “all who are in high positions” with a peaceful life for the followers of Jesus, and with his desire for all people to be saved.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight... Continue Reading