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Coptic Martyr

The Coptic Martyr of Cairo

The latest international thriller from best-selling author Martin Roth

Four Americans in Egypt on an archaeological dig. In the blistering summer heat they are fighting amongst themselves. Then they unearth a body. It is an old priest who has been murdered.

The gruesome discovery sets in train a sequence of events that leads to a deadly Islamist attack on the ancient church where the Americans are working.

The leader of the expedition, Professor Rafa Harel, must decide whether to withdraw his fractious team or continue on a mission to unveil a controversial series of wall paintings, knowing that these images have the power to spark even greater violence.

Meanwhile, watching over all of them is a dreamy young Egyptian Christian named Amir. His only quest in life is to become a martyr...

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Second Coming – A Spiritual Moment on the Internet

Thank you to Lilah Mackenzie of Lilah’s Books and Video Outlet for alerting me to a lovely online….online what?

It’s not really a movie. But it’s more than a slide show or collection of pictures. I’ll call it an experience. A spiritual experience.

It is titled Second Coming, and, as you would assume, it is the story of the return of Jesus. It comes from LifeTalk Radio, who also have on their website (click on Bible Lessons) a similar presentation on creation.

Its power is in its simplicity. It is nothing more than a two-and-a-half minute series of images – Jesus ascending to Heaven, the advent of modern civilisation, the onset of great distress, the return of Jesus, the rise of the dead in Christ – accompanied by some simple music and the relevant citations from scripture.

Yet it is tremendously moving, which is clearly why so many people seem to be emailing their friends about it.

For a busy person like myself, working at my computer all day, it is just the kind of spiritual pause that refreshes.

I have written before about my desire to see more spirituality on the internet. After all (as I have also noted before), the Barna Research Group forecasts that “within this decade as many as 50 million individuals may rely solely upon the internet to provide all of their faith-based experiences”.

Already, many organisations have been trying out various kinds of online displays. To my mind, this presentation of Zen Buddhism is fabulous. And check out the Beliefnet website for its collection of Meditations (not all of which I can get to work). But let’s hope there’s lots more on the way like Second Coming. Thank you LifeTalk.

October 1st, 2003

 

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