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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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Online Bible Colleges

Are online Bible colleges the wave of the future? Some people seem to think so. According to the Northwestern Theological Seminary website:

Studies show that a Bible College or Seminary student can learn just as much or more through home study or online education as they can through the traditional, institutional, Bible College or Seminary setting. Online Bible Colleges and Seminaries allow the student to set his or her own schedule which allows for more efficiency and effectiveness in the use of study time. The Bible College or Seminary of the future will probably require a major portion of the course work to be performed online.

Recently I received an email suggesting I take a look at "the most innovative, technologically advanced Online Bible School," Faith Christian University. The email came from the school's president, so I took it with a bit of a grain of salt.

But I went and had a look, and was impressed. It's a good-looking site, easy to navigate and packed with information. I can't comment on the actual quality of the teaching, but the site - and in particular the online videos - inspires confidence.

Another impressive website is that of the Online Bible College, which claims 18,000 students from more than 150 countries.

Type in "Online Bible College" to Google, and you are met with over 100,000 links.

One of them is Nazarene Bible College, which notes:

While the national average of those who begin an online class and finish it is only 47%, Nazarene Bible college has a 94% completion rate average over the past eight years.

Some colleges offer free - or very low-cost - tuition, viewing Bible teaching as a ministry outreach. An interesting institution is Antioch Internet Bible International, which notes that most of its materials can be downloaded free from the internet. Its focus is assisting churches in the developing world.

We also help churches to set up their own bible colleges, known as extension campuses

These courses are meant to be taken in a local church or small group setting under the supervision of a pastor or other mature Christian leader.

We enroll churches, not individuals. All marking and all awarding of certificates is done in the local church using our curriculum.

For further information, the Yahoo! Search Directory has a Christian Bible Studies section. The Open Directory also has a small list under Online Courses: Religion.

November 17th, 2006


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