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Friday Prayers for Egypt: Russia, Air and Chemical

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Russia, Air and Chemical

God, For the first time in two years, Aeroflot returned to Cairo. Russia had suspended all air travel following a terrorist attack on a tourist carrier, and security precautions still prevent direct flights to the popular Red Sea resorts. Let it not happen again, God. But as Russian-Egyptian relations return to normal, give discernment in … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Bread and Entry

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Bread and Entry

God, Facing a severe decline in tourism, Egypt doubles the entry fee. Facing corruption in the bread market, Egypt scales back supply. Both decisions can be seen as sensible, God, but outcry is loud and execution haphazard. Give wisdom for right policy. Immediately the government postponed the visa price hike, and hints a final decision … Continue reading

From Garbage to Glory

From Garbage to Glory

From my new article for Christianity Today’s Behemoth publication: The Pyramids of Giza used to be in the middle of the desert. Eventually Cairo’s urban sprawl pushed right up to the Sphinx. The Citadel of Saladin towers over the city. The southern approach requires an overpass straddling the City of the Dead. In Tahrir Square, … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Russia, Floods

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Russia, Floods

God, It is sad to pray that a tragedy will have resulted from negligence. It is sad to pray about negligence that helped produce a tragedy. In the space of a week, God, Egypt witnessed both. May the former not have long term consequence. May the latter bring long term change. A Russian tourist plane … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Dead Tourists

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Dead Tourists

God, Forgive Egypt. Forgive her for the accidental killing of Mexican tourists. Forgive her for the haphazard way she handled the press. Forgive her for blaming the victims. Forgive her for false reporting in local media. Forgive her for awkward and self-referential condolences. Forgive her for the damage to tourism. Forgive her for the insufferable … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Targeting Tourism

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Targeting Tourism

God, Terrorism in Egypt turned a page this week. Until now the targets have almost nearly all been related to the security apparatus – the army and the police. But when a suicide bomber boarded a tourist bus in the Sinai, killing three Koreans and the Egyptian driver, the game changed. The claim of responsibility … Continue reading