Tagged with Israel

O Come, Ye Gazan Christians, to Bethlehem

O Come, Ye Gazan Christians, to Bethlehem

This article was first published at Christianity Today, on December 20. Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity has restored its sparkling mosaics and marble columns to their original glory for the first time in 600 years. “It has become such a beautiful church,” Ziad al-Bandak, head of the local project committee of Christian leaders, told the … 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

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: 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: 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

Friends of Zion’s Christians?

Friends of Zion’s Christians?

This article was first published at Christianity Today, on December 15, 2017. American evangelicals rediscovered their brethren in the Middle East in recent years. The promise of the Arab Spring, followed by the threat of ISIS. Beheadings and other martyrdoms, followed by forgiveness. Many decided we must become better friends, and work harder for the … 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: Assassination, Funeral

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Assassination, Funeral

God, Egypt witnessed a frightful return, disturbing a relative quiet. The pattern subsided but not that long ago was a viable threat. May it not be a portent of things to come. A car bomb detonated in an upper class neighborhood, injuring one bystander but missing the deputy prosecutor-general. Fifteen months ago, his positional superior … Continue reading