Friday Prayers for Egypt: More Money

Friday Prayers for Egypt: More Money

God, Egypt’s economy is still not doing well. But at least she has more money to play with. May she play wisely. The second tranche of the World Bank loan was received, along with another installment from the African Development Bank. Together they represent well over a billion dollars. Egypt has many outstanding debts to … Continue reading

Why Aleppo Fell

Why Aleppo Fell

I can’t pretend to know the answer to why Aleppo fell, but Juan Cole tells us only part of it did. The more populous section, says the University of Michigan professor, may well have been glad to see the rebels go. There had been 250,000 Sunni Arabs of a more religious mindset and from a … Continue reading

Mothers and Daughters, Mothers and Sons

Mothers and Daughters, Mothers and Sons

A reflection from Julie: Today marks a strange day.  Just one week ago, a suicide bomber killed over 25 people, mostly women and children, as they worshipped in church here in Cairo.  And one week from today, people all around the world will celebrate the joyous birth of a Savior during Western Christmas.  On one … Continue reading

Podcast: How the Coptic Christian Church Endures

Podcast: How the Coptic Christian Church Endures

This ‘Quick to Listen‘ podcast was first published at Christianity Today, on December 15, 2016. Egypt’s Coptic Christians are in a state of mourning after a suicide bomber killed at least 25 people at a Cairo church on Sunday. “Egypt always tends to rally around Christians at moments like this,” said Jayson Casper, CT’s Middle … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Cathedral Bombing

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Cathedral Bombing

God, If the video is authentic, the suicide bomber strolled into the church grounds. Reports say the guards were distracted, perhaps having breakfast together. A church doorman followed him to inquire. Seconds later – the bomber likely ran though the near door leading to the women’s entrance – the roof and outside wall shook. Twenty-five … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Internal Organs

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Internal Organs

God, Inflation hit a high of 20 percent this month. Egyptians are suffering as the state seeks to stop years of internal bleeding. But the response of some only does more damage – to themselves and the country. Egypt this week arrested a ring of doctors involved in the illegal trafficking of organs, attached even … Continue reading

Pleasant Recognition

Pleasant Recognition

Many thanks to you who have read my thoughts over the years, either here at A Sense of Belonging or at the various sites that have published my articles. I’m pleased to relate that others have found the work valuable, too. This year my article for Christianity Today on the Coptic martyrs of Libya won … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: NGO Medicine

Friday Prayers for Egypt: NGO Medicine

God, As with all people, sometimes society falls sick. Help Egypt restore herself to health. But first, the people need medicine. Since the floating of the Egyptian pound essential drugs have been hard to come by. The price of imported raw materials nearly doubled overnight, while a cap is placed on consumer prices. Drug manufacturers … Continue reading

No Shave November

No Shave November

It started simply because I forgot to take my razor on a trip to a desert oasis. But with November around the corner, I thought, there is a good excuse to continue. And a good cause. No Shave November raises money and awareness about cancer. Particularly directed to men, it provides an answer to the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Turf

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Turf

  God, Men will always defend their turf. But doing so can shake the whole. Make Egypt more than the sum of her parts. Being her together in consensus with all. The state has proposed an agricultural investment project in the underdeveloped areas of the south. But doing so sells off the land of the … Continue reading

Let My People Build

Let My People Build

This article was published in the November print edition of Christianity Today. Long live the crescent and the cross!” shouted Egypt’s parliament in joy. All 39 Christian members joined the two-thirds majority to vote to end a 160-year practice instituted by the Ottomans requiring Christians to get permission from the country’s leader before building churches. … Continue reading

Key Developments in the Anglican Global South

Key Developments in the Anglican Global South

With the release of their ‘Sixth Trumpet,’ Anglicans from the Global South announced their discontent with the state of the worldwide communion. Meeting in Cairo, Egypt from October 3-8, delegates from 16 provinces discussed issues of both unity and mission, addressing the Anglican Church worldwide. This question and answer format highlights the key developments, as … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Pardon

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Pardon

God, Eighty-two Egyptian youth are free today. Some say they never should have been imprisoned to begin with. The majority were convicted for breaking the protest law. Some were guilty of thought-related crimes. All had exhausted their legal appeals. Some had only a little time left on their sentence. God, thank you for freedom, theirs … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trumping Protest

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trumping Protest

God, Bless the president-to-be of the United States of America. May he govern wisely. May he engage Egypt well. But though many are troubled in America at his arrival, many in Egypt welcome his opposition to the Brotherhood and his favor expressed toward Sisi. And he comes at a moment when many in Egypt are … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: November Float

Friday Prayers for Egypt: November Float

God, Egypt finally took the plunge. After years of spending hard currency to support the pound, the Central Bank decided to float it against the dollar. Economists rejoiced, IMF authorities nodded, and an already inflationary local market braced for another blow. Society, meanwhile, braces for planned protests on November 11. No one is certain if … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Youth

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Youth

God, How shall a young man cleanse his … country? Two paths were open for Egypt’s youth this week, invited to a national youth conference sponsored by the president. One group decided to attend, to make their voice heard. Another thought their voice would be louder in boycott. God, bless them both. Those present heard … Continue reading