Friday Prayers for Egypt: Death and Cancelation

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Death and Cancelation

God, Five more policemen were killed today. Several high-profile militants were killed this week. And to avoid adding their number to the roll, Egypt’s churches canceled summer activities for the next three weeks. The intelligence services are finding material – warning the Christians and raiding the hideouts. Yet extremist elements are finding recruits – threatening … Continue reading

Strengthening America in Egypt

Strengthening America in Egypt

Many Egyptians believe the United States is out to get them. Yet at the same time, the United States is the primary supplier of the Egyptian military, and ties between the two armed forces are strong. Samuel Tadros wrote an engaging history of post-Arab Spring Egypt for the Hoover Institute, entitled “The Follies of Democracy … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fuel Subsidy

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fuel Subsidy

God, It was approved earlier, but implemented now. It was expected before, but now felt in pocket. It was to come, and more is coming. The fuel subsidy was slashed, with some products doubling in price. It hits the middle class and their fleet of automobiles. It hits the lower class with microbuses and gas … Continue reading

Ramadan Diversity

Ramadan Diversity

Today is the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. In order to help our Western friends understand this month, here are a few stories that reveal a wide scope of Ramadan diversity. It may be surprising to some that in Egypt, many churches host iftar, the fast-breaking meal at sunset. I attended two, which … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Qatar Continues

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Qatar Continues

God, Since last week there has been much written but little resolved. Qatar and the Gulf allies have traded accusations and attempted mediation. But now a line in the sand has been drawn. A list of demands has been issued. Egypt, joining Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and others, have given Qatar ten … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Saudi Islands

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Saudi Islands

God, Perhaps the story is over, perhaps the judiciary will still have a role. But two contested islands in the Red Sea have been ceded by Egypt to Saudi Arabia, after parliament ratified the president’s decision. It was an unpopular vote; proponents insist it was the right one. At issue is original ownership. Egypt has … Continue reading

How the Egyptian Church Secures Itself

How the Egyptian Church Secures Itself

This article was first published at TIMEP. This past Palm Sunday two suicide bombers killed over 45 people at two churches in northern Egypt. One made his way all the way to the altar at St. George’s Cathedral in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, while the other was stopped at the gate outside St. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Qatar

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Qatar

God, The Gulf has had enough. So has Egypt. So have others. Some hedge their bets. Some play both sides. But it is a crisis, God. The tiny nation has been called out for supporting terrorism, within a region that is full of it, but usually sticks to innuendo. It also happens to host the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Continuation

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Continuation

God, To some degree, dramatic events were more of the same. For good or for ill, some may well carry forward, some must irrevocably stop. Judge rightly, God, and guide Egypt to your judgment. Coptic families were gunned down on an outing to a monastery. Websites were blocked in a dispute over content and orientation. … Continue reading

A Coptic Poem to ISIS

A Coptic Poem to ISIS

After the latest atrocity against the Copts perpetrated by the Islamic State – killing 30 in an ambush of a church outing to visit a monastery – the following poem was circulated on social media. It is entitled ‘A Message to ISIS’, written by Kiro al-Masry. The translation is mine and the Arabic original is … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Old Things

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Old Things

God,  So much in Egypt is old. Some gets preserved. Some gets restored.  All is its heritage. Honor and judge appropriately.   Over the past few weeks many Pharaonic artefacts have been discovered. Mummies, statues, funerary cartouches. Let Egypt celebrate, God, and the world with her. Some are inspiring, some are mishandled. Help archaeology support the … Continue reading