Tagged with Protestantism

The Virgin’s Fast and Intercession

The Virgin’s Fast and Intercession

In the Coptic Orthodox tradition, today begins two weeks of fasting from animal products in honor of the Virgin Mary. During our six years in Egypt we have attended the Orthodox Church regularly, appreciating without fully accepting many of their traditions. But today a small part of the mass, seemingly special for this fasting period, … Continue reading

Creating a Protestant Islam?

Creating a Protestant Islam?

A friend of mine, a politically liberal Muslim with little attachment to religion, has often accused the Muslim Brotherhood of seeking to create a Protestant type of Islam. It is a little difficult to catch the connections, as well as to tell if he believes such a transformation would be good or bad for Egypt. … Continue reading

Christianity Today on Pope Shenouda

Just a short post today to direct to the article I contributed to Christianity Today on why the death of Pope Shenouda is also mourned by Egypt’s Protestants. If you click on the link above today you will see it highlighted as the lead story. Afterwards, please click here for the permanent link. I hope … Continue reading

A Few Thoughts and Links on Pope Shenouda

Living here in Egypt as a writer, I have long worried over the looming death of Pope Shenouda, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Speaking only personally, it seemed a daunting task to try and summarize his life, as long, influential, and controversial it has been. This mostly has to do with my preference for … Continue reading

Christmas Conversion Conversations

Note: I wrote this piece shortly after Western Christmas, but a few lines needed more consideration, and we delayed publishing. Then, Alexandria happened, and I forgot all about it. Even so the theme, if not exactly the title, is fitting with what has taken place in this country. —— One of the topics I am … Continue reading