Friday Prayers for Egypt: Citizens, Foreign

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Citizens, Foreign

God, The citizen abroad is vulnerable. A foreign culture is hard to navigate with ways and threats uncertain. The citizen at home is vulnerable. A foreign media is hard to navigate with news and biases uncertain. So God, give discernment. A number of recent cases emerged where Egyptians have been assaulted in other countries. One, … Continue reading

Is ISIS Really Muslim?

Is ISIS Really Muslim?

This article was first published in the March print edition of Christianity Today. For Egyptian Christians, 2017 was the deadliest modern year on record. At least 87 were killed by terrorists. But despite being labeled by ISIS as its “favorite prey,” Copts were only 12 percent of such fatalities last year. Far more Muslims died … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Crown Prince Visit

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Crown Prince Visit

God, It was a high-profile visit, with high-profile rhetoric. The Saudi crown prince took his first foreign policy travels, spending several days in Egypt. He spoke of economy. The joint megacity is a future boon. He spoke of terrorism. Turkey and Qatar need isolation. He spoke of religion. Copts are beloved and Azhar restored. He … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: BBC, Insurance

Friday Prayers for Egypt: BBC, Insurance

God, Much of life depends on trust. Trust is based on credibility. Credibility comes from faithfulness. Speaking truth or demonstrating care, guard this deposit in Egypt. The BBC published a report on widespread torture and forced disappearances. The authorities balked, saying sources are biased – and perhaps the BBC itself. Later, a ‘disappeared’ woman appeared … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Energy Hub

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Energy Hub

God, It has long been an ambition. Now it is becoming reality. But strange the one who makes it happen. Egypt is an energy hub. Not long ago she sold off share at cut rate prices. Not long after that she was begging fuel from international partners. Then an enormous natural gas field was discovered, … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Documents, Deals

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Documents, Deals

God, The intrigue peaked as candidates emerged. It tempered as they fell. But it continues still. The running mate of a now detained general threatened release of secret documents that would embarrass the army. The general disputed, as his partner joined in confinement. And then a third, unrelated. A former popular presidential candidate, not running … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Operation Sinai

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Operation Sinai

God, There are three weeks left. Following a terrorist attack that killed 300 worshipers at a mosque in Sinai, the president gave a three-month ultimatum to the military and police to eliminate terrorism. Today, Operation Sinai was launched. By land, air, and sea, in the desert and the Nile valley, a massive deployment seeks to … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Candidates Set

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Candidates Set

God, After much drama, the result may be straightforward. The presidential election will pit the incumbent against the head of one of Egypt’s smaller parties. The candidate, who registered at the last minute, is also on record as one of the incumbent’s strongest supporters. Some say he is there for show. He says he is … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Settling the Field

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Settling the Field

God, It is the highest post in the land, and therefore the most critical. Fill it with the man of your choosing, but give the people a valid choice. One once-popular candidate revised his desire to run. One once-powerful general fudged his ability to run. One once-marginal activist decried the procedures to run. One still-notable … Continue reading

Good Mourning America

Good Mourning America

This article was originally published at The Table, of Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought. In the days leading up to our presidential election, it seemed quite clear that Christians were not happy. But the ennui went beyond politics toward a greater sense that America was changing. The unhappiness was rooted in good reason. Our … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Nation, City, River

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Nation, City, River

God, To present an idea, men come together. To discuss, they meet. Three conferences this week convened weighty issues. Human contact helps relations. Human hubris may drive apart. But the ideas matter, and make a difference. President Sisi presented the accomplishments of his four years in office. From national projects to economic reform, it may … Continue reading

How Many ISIS Jihadis in America?

How Many ISIS Jihadis in America?

A recent edition of the New Yorker tackled the problem of ISIS fighters returning to their home countries. Given the controversies in the US about Muslim bans and extreme vetting, it is interesting to note other nations have it much worse: A new report, to be released Tuesday by the Soufan Group and the Global Strategy … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Slow Boil

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Slow Boil

God, The waters of Egypt are simmering. Lower the temperature. The Nile is her lifeblood, and a dam in Ethiopia may impact historic share. But also threatened Sudan leans instead to Turkey, a Brotherhood-aligned adversary. The Israelis are her neighbor, and a president in America complicates the status quo. But the New York Times published … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Crimes and Executions

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Crimes and Executions

God, When police do their job there is usually nothing remarkable to report. Society is protected, the blotter is filled. Many thanks to you and them for Egypt’s low crime rate and day-to-day safety. But recently three female singers have faced legal action over videos and public statements. Seventy-five people and officials have been arrested … Continue reading

The Arrogance of Enemy Love: A Poem to ISIS

The Arrogance of Enemy Love: A Poem to ISIS

This article was first published at The Table. Many have been impressed by the forgiveness Coptic Christians have offered to their enemies. Beheaded, ambushed, churches bombed, shot in cold blood – they have not retaliated. Instead, though anger boils, they pray for their persecutors. In the links above you can explore the opportunities I have … Continue reading