Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fire in Cairo

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fire in Cairo

God, Once before, Cairo burned. With fire true and abstract, she is threatened again. The incidents are curious, God, and in the sequential diversity conspiracy spins. Familiar foes blame each other, while official authorities blame faulty wiring. Settle the cause of every and all, holding accountable for each liability. Connect the dots or prove them … Continue reading

Muslims are not Islam is not Muslims

Muslims are not Islam is not Muslims

From an article at the Zwemer Center, written by a philosopher fed up with popular coverage of Muslim issues: One philosophical distinction that may help navigate this discussion is between essentialism and nominalism. Don’t stop reading, he makes it simpler, distinguishing between Islamic religiosity and Muslim religiosity. Ok, that still sounds complicated, but here is … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Journalists vs Police

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Journalists vs Police

God, So much in Egypt is zero sum. Nullify correctly, or change the equation. During recent protests over the Red Sea islands, several journalists were arrested. Many were quickly released. But when police entered the syndicate to arrest two journalists staging a sit-in, the majority believe a line was crossed. Police had a warrant, but … Continue reading

Inshallah for the Foreigner

Inshallah for the Foreigner

The Arabic literally translates as ‘if God wills’, but it conveys a whole lot more – usually to the foreigner’s frustration. In this article for the New York Times, Wajahat Ali explains: It’s similar to how the British use the word “brilliant” to both praise and passive-aggressively deride everything and everyone. It transports both the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Reuters 25

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Reuters 25

God, Ninety million Egyptians have a name. With truth and courage, may they state them freely. For much can be hidden without it, God. The name of the Italian researcher is known, and have mercy on him. But he was killed by the anonymous, as anonymous others point to a culprit. Reuters will protect these … Continue reading

From Garbage to Glory

From Garbage to Glory

From my new article for Christianity Today’s Behemoth publication: The Pyramids of Giza used to be in the middle of the desert. Eventually Cairo’s urban sprawl pushed right up to the Sphinx. The Citadel of Saladin towers over the city. The southern approach requires an overpass straddling the City of the Dead. In Tahrir Square, … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Two Islands

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Two Islands

God, Uninhabited but geo-strategic, Egyptian blood was spilled to defend Tiran and Sanafir at the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea. Thankfully, no blood was spilled defending them yesterday. Right or wrong, thousands took to the streets, troubled by a government decision to recognize Saudi Arabian sovereignty over the islands. As … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Coming King

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Coming King

God, As royalty comes to Egypt, prepare well the welcome. It is largely Saudi largess that has kept afloat the republic. But may the need not be so great, God. Inspire investment. Attract tourists. Send global trade through the Suez Canal. And until then, help Egypt act an appropriate ally. For on some issues they … Continue reading

Just War Can be Impatient

Just War Can be Impatient

While pacifism can be accused of dangerous idealism, within Christian moral theology it provides a very important balance to the just war tradition. Interviewed in Plough, Ron Sider says adherents of the two perspectives must dialogue in cooperative friendship. How might Just War adherents and pacifists work together? Pacifists and Just War Christians need to … Continue reading

Is the Brotherhood ‘Rethinking’?

Is the Brotherhood ‘Rethinking’?

When Brookings released a new paper from a young Muslim Brotherhood member based in Istanbul within the context of an ongoing series on political Islamism, prominent analyst Eric Trager had a poignant reply on Twitter: “Brookings’ “Rethinking Islamism” series jumps the shark, features MB who, of course, doesn’t rethink anything.” I laughed, but upon reading … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Program Hijacked

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Program Hijacked

God, Forgotten after the unfortunate farce of a hijacking, the Egyptian cabinet presented parliament with its governing program. Bless their efforts, God. May wisdom have drafted it, may courage implement it, may discernment amend it to whatever degree necessary. May transparency accompany it. May accountability characterize it. May prosperity follow it. God, help Egypt pass … Continue reading

Why the Carnage in Pakistan?

Why the Carnage in Pakistan?

At least 69 people are dead in the Pakistani city of Lahore, many of them from Christian families celebrating Easter in a public park. The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility, stating it directly targeted Christians and promises further attacks in the future. From Lapido Media, an anonymous British NGO worker provides a first-hand account: A … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Italy, NGOs

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Italy, NGOs

  God, The facts known or the story straight. Above board or underhanded. In Egypt this week it is one or the other. God, let it be the former. For there are many who doubt, many who accuse. Egypt announced the ID of the Italian researcher tortured and murdered two months ago was found in … Continue reading

Antonin Scalia and Sharia Law

Antonin Scalia and Sharia Law

As President Obama puts forward Judge Merrick Garland as a nominee for the Supreme Court and Republicans balk at a shift to the left, it is interesting to speculate if the recently deceased conservative Antonin Scalia might have been embraced by the Muslim Brotherhood. I am not a legal scholar, so I am not able … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Depreciation, Again

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Depreciation, Again

God, Value the Egyptian currency properly. Value more the lives affected by its fluctuation. But aid also the greater factors: Return tourists, attract investment, stimulate entrepreneurship. And limit also the greater consequences: Curb inflation, fight gouging, shelter the poor. Yet reform also the greater context: Simplify laws, expose corruption, grant stability. God, much is wrong … Continue reading