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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

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

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

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Churches

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Churches

God, A small group of terrorists killed worshippers at a church in southern Cairo. A large mob of neighbors vandalized a different church further south. A sizeable allotment of police and military guarded churches throughout the country. A fair portion of churches remain closed for security reasons. A tiny percentage of services suffered disruption to … Continue reading

The Floating Interfaith Bridges to Sinai

The Floating Interfaith Bridges to Sinai

Buried in an Ahram Online story about Egypt’s efforts to develop the restless northern Sinai region is a testament to the nation’s insistence on shared identity. Terrorism in the region has killed Muslim and Christian alike. Part of the problem, analysts say, is that Sinai has been long neglected. Isolated from the Egyptian mainland, tribal … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: National Health

Friday Prayers for Egypt: National Health

God, Egypt has long been sick. Nurse her to health, and strengthen her immune system. Some vital organs show signs of life. Others lag behind. Parliament passed an anticipated national health insurance law. Vigorously debated, a point of contention was on the cost to the state versus the cost to the citizen. Perhaps it was … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Candidates Pending

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Candidates Pending

God, Presidential elections will take place in Egypt sometime this coming spring. The incumbent is expected to run for a second term. But as of now no opposition is certain. There is time, and there are those who are interested. A former prime minister and presidential runner-up is meeting with his party to determine best … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Jerusalem Recognition

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Jerusalem Recognition

God, Friends don’t always agree. But not all issues are the same. Jerusalem is, and has often been, historically different. Changing longstanding US policy, the American president recognized the city as Israel’s capital, and began the process of moving the embassy. The Egyptian president warned against it, and then spoke against it. Most of the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Utmost Force

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Utmost Force

God, After over 300 people were killed at a mosque, the state must do something. The president issued a directive to the army and police: utmost force, within three months. Terrorism must be eradicated from the Sinai. And may it be so. God, but with the utmost care. There are civilian lives at stake, unmercifully … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fish, Rice, Water, Vice

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fish, Rice, Water, Vice

God, Small developments can multiply. Small disagreements can explode. For those involved there is no small. For the nation, wait and see. The region’s largest fish farm opened in one of the nation’s poorest districts. The pollution from burning post-harvest rice straw witnessed significant reduction. The negotiations with Ethiopia over Nile dam construction reached an … Continue reading

Giving Thanks, for Khartoum and Kennedy

Giving Thanks, for Khartoum and Kennedy

Happy Thanksgiving to all American friends. Religious freedom is one item of gratitude, as well as positive signs it may be developing around the world. Consider again these promising signs I’ve been privileged to report on the past two years: Arab Gulf — Why Christianity is Surging in the Heart of Islam Indonesia — World’s … Continue reading