Evangelical Ethiopian Helps End Orthodox Schism

Evangelical Ethiopian Helps End Orthodox Schism

This article was first published at Christianity Today, on August 14. Ending 27 years of schism, Ethiopian Orthodox Christians in their homeland and in America reunited the two feuding branches of one of the world’s oldest churches. Ironically, the push came from the Horn of Africa nation’s new evangelical prime minister. “It is impossible to … Continue reading

What Next for Syria?

What Next for Syria?

The conflict has turned a corner as the Syrian government regained control of Damascus and begins pushing into rebel-held areas. LobeLog interviewed Josh Landis of Syria Comment to ask him what happens next. The full interview is worth reading, but here are a few excerpts on competing regional policies. Turkey: Idlib was one of the … Continue reading

What Jordan’s Evangelicals Think of Templeton Winner King Abdullah’s Interfaith Acclaim

What Jordan’s Evangelicals Think of Templeton Winner King Abdullah’s Interfaith Acclaim

This article was first published at Christianity Today on July 2, 2018. Photo by Pietro Naj-Oleari/© European Union 2015 – European Parliament/Creative Commons   For his lifelong commitment to religious peace, King Abdullah II of Jordan recently became the second Muslim ever to win the prestigious, $1.4 million Templeton Prize. And Jordan’s Christian minority is … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Homeland Future

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Homeland Future

God, Give Egyptians their right representation. May they bear well the concerns of their district. But in whose name? Many MPs have publicly signaled their intention to switch parties, and the Future of a Homeland is poised to receive them. Doing so would make them the largest party in parliament. Some are current independents, leaving … Continue reading

Abortion and its Complications, in Egypt

Abortion and its Complications, in Egypt

  Ireland is in fierce debate over its future with abortion. Such high-stakes battles are often called a culture war. Abortion, like war, is a terrible thing. Even if one believes it is necessary, it is still death. Defining it otherwise, depending on one’s convictions, makes it almost worse than war. It is the prevention … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fasting

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fasting

God, Bless those who deny themselves as they deny their stomach. Bless those who celebrate with others as they celebrate your mercy. Bless those also, who push either to greater piety. And if in their encouragement they lack piety themselves, God, bless them, too. May they deny their pride. May they discover your mercy. May … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza Again

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza Again

God, By now, the tragedy is well known. Dozens of Palestinians in Gaza were killed by Israeli fire at the border separating the two territories. Some were crossing illegally. Others were protesting. Decide between the narratives, God. There is only one truth, however nuanced. There may be guilt widely spread. There may be ample justification. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Uber, Iran

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Uber, Iran

God, If the world is being remade, make it well. Peace is pending in North Korea, while Iran is thrown in doubt. Taxis fall out of favor, as private conveyance newly legalizes. And metro prices have risen again. Give guidance to Egypt in wading the waters. The region has already been shaken. Will it shake … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Return to Roots

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Return to Roots

God, Egypt strives to be a good neighbor. She was once also a good host. What future does she desire? What do you? Over the past many months Egypt has cultivated its relationship with the Mediterranean nations of Greece and Cyprus. The have a sea to share, natural gas to protect, and economies to integrate. … Continue reading