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Bethlehem Bible College and Christ at the Checkpoint - A Different Message for a Different Audience?


This recent blog in the Times of Israel raises the question: Is it possible that Christ at the Checkpoint and Bethlehem Bible College intentionally communicate a different message to an Arabic speaking audience than they do to the English speaking audience they look to for spiritual and financial support?

Here is an excerpt:

Bethlehem Bible College (BBC) hosted a youth conference sponsored by Christ at the Checkpoint Young Adults from July 16-18 in Bethlehem titled “The Kufiyyeh and the Cross.”
 
According to Christ at the Checkpoint (CaTC) Director, Dr. Munther Isaac: “Young Palestinian Christians are facing many challenges – political and social. Many of them are beginning to feel that they do not belong here and that they have nothing to contribute to their societies.”
 
In an article on the BBC website, Isaac described the purpose of the conference as a response “to the needs of this important segment of the Christian community, and to encourage their participation in discussing the challenges of our society from a Christian perspective.”
 
However, a video posted on YouTube on March 26, 2015 for the purpose of promoting the recent young adult conference provides a stark contrast to the seemingly positive purpose of encouraging attendees to “take an active role as followers of Christ in spreading justice and peace.”

For the rest of the article, go here.


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