Tagged with Libya

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Base, Council

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Base, Council

God, Terrorism is defeated neither by force nor ideology. Yet they dare not be neglected. Egypt took a step in both directions this week. God, give her success. A military base was inaugurated toward the Libyan border. And the president formalized an anti-extremism council, with representatives also from the Azhar and Orthodox church. May the … Continue reading

Top 10 Persecution Stories at CT

Top 10 Persecution Stories at CT

Many thanks to readers who have followed my articles at Christianity Today. CT just published a year-end summary of the ten most read stories about the persecuted church, and I am pleased to report my articles placed at numbers 1, 3, 6, and 10. That the articles needed to be written in the first place … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Borders, Bombs

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Borders, Bombs

God, The bombs continue, this time striking a security directorate in the early morning hours with a blast that rattled all Cairo. Several injuries, none killed – it is a marker of taunting more than a message of death. But from where? There are problems at the borders, God. To the west, Libyan officials have … Continue reading

There is no ‘Nation of the Cross’

There is no ‘Nation of the Cross’

‘To the nation of the cross, we are back again.’ So boasted the black-clad narrator of the latest ISIS video, this time chronicling their slaughter of 30 Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya. Two months earlier, the victims were Coptic Christians, whose beheadings came entitled: A message signed with blood to the nation of the cross. … Continue reading

Escaping ISIS in Libya

Escaping ISIS in Libya

Consider the horrible ordeal of Coptic Christians in Libya, as the Islamic State stormed their compound. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tells how one escaped, helped by his Muslim friend: Hani Mahrouf awakened at 2:30 in the morning when fists pounded on the door of his housing compound in Sirte, Libya. It was Islamic State gunmen, searching … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Neighbors

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Neighbors

God, You desire peace not just for Egypt. Honor also her neighbors, that all might live in peace together. For two doors down, a nation is in mourning. A terrorist attack on Tunisia’s tourists threatens to undermine stability there. Comfort them, God, and give them resolve. Resolve to defeat a terrorist menace. Resolve to hold … Continue reading

How Libya’s Martyrs are Witnessing to Egypt

How Libya’s Martyrs are Witnessing to Egypt

This article was published first on Christianity Today, on February 23, 2015. Undaunted by the slaughter of 21 Christians in Libya, the director of the Bible Society of Egypt saw a golden gospel opportunity. “We must have a Scripture tract ready to distribute to the nation as soon as possible,” Ramez Atallah told his staff … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Beheadings

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Beheadings

God, After a few days the spirit risks becoming calloused. One more tragedy amid a litany of offense. But the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya might strike a nerve that runs deeper. It might awaken a nation to danger, or deaden further a decayed humanity. For some, God, are blaming the victim. There … Continue reading

Is Coptic Evangelism in Africa Really on the Rise?

Is Coptic Evangelism in Africa Really on the Rise?

From my latest article on Christianity Today, published March 28, 2013: Many Egyptian Christians wear their faith on their sleeve—literally. The cross tattooed on the wrist of Coptic Orthodox believers is a public display which marks their identity for all to see. Such a quiet witness usually avoids reproach. But recently in Libya, radical Muslim … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Terrorist Cell?

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Terrorist Cell?

God, It is first useful to recall what are understood to be facts. On January 28, the decisive day of the revolution, the prisons were opened. Though many were later apprehended, others are still at large. During the volatile transition to democracy security was lax and policemen absent. It is understood many weapons entered Egypt … Continue reading