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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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Six of the Best – Popular Christian Blogs Cover the War

Every few months, in a shameless bid to get more Google search engine hits, I write on the theme of the best Christian blogs. It’s time to try again.

From the blogs4God Top Ten lists I have selected six of the most popular blogs. How are they covering the war?

With honour.

* G. Thomas Fitzpatrick’s Verus Ratio, Number One on the list, is now Verus Ratio Goes To War, an efficient warblog, with up to two dozen postings a day. I enjoyed the following:

Priceless Exchange Between Two Royal Marines On TV
British Defence Minister Geoff Hoon described Umm Qasr as a "city rather like Southampton”. Sky TV asked two Royal Marines about that:

First soldier: “He’s either never been to Southampton or he’s never been to Umm Qasr.”

Second soldier: “There’s no beer, no prostitutes and people are shooting at us. It’s more like Portsmouth.”

* Joshua Claybourn, Number Two on the list, doesn’t need to change his title. He’s been at war for some time, blogging provocatively on the subject, and never afraid to take the argument into hostile territory. Here’s a mild posting:

When it comes to television news coverage of the war in Iraq, I'm torn between which stations should be my default. MSNBC is typically the last one I'll turn to (not counting the networks), simply because I think they lack the necessary embedded reporters and good analysts. CNN, meanwhile, always seems to get scooped by Fox News on all the breaking news. That's why, despite its atrocious sensationalist approach to news, Fox is my preferred station. They have more fingers through Iraq and the Middle East (especially when you consider their sister station Sky News), and simply get news to people quicker than all the rest.

And check out these “interesting posters”.

* Nuclear physicist David Heddle hasn’t been posting much recently at He Lives. He tells us, enigmatically: “Been travelling related to work and current world events - should be home tomorrow, posts to resume next week.”

The blog remains popular, due, I suspect, to his excellent recent series of postings on postmillennialism. (He writes: “Hopefully I can complete this series before it is ‘truly’ postmillennial”.)

* Jake Rinard’s new blog is off to a flying start. Check out his list of 10 things to consider when voicing an opinion on the war. (Number Seven: “Even if you are anti-war, you are still an "infidel", and Bin Laden wants you dead, too.”)

* Macker at pray naked experience is moved to prayer:

prayer for the dogs of peace
are you as drawn to the media coverage of the war as you are repulsed by it? I could not speak last night, I was so angry at one point when nbc announced planned military actions that were yet to unfold.

I share rachel's dread. and irene's numbness. it is surreal to watch, bizarre to imagine we are at war.


I remember being at church the night the first gulf war began, and the announcement that we had commenced military action came down just as we started the prayer time.

all we could do was pray. and pray some more. probably the most sombre, heartfelt, real church service I have ever attended.

* Amy Welborn’s In Between Naps is, typically, excellent. She picks up what others miss. Recent postings are on three Missionaries of Charity who run an orphanage in Baghdad, on military chaplains and on a military unit in Iraq who believe they are receiving divine assistance.

And this:

Did anyone else blog this? Surely they did. Am I just hopelessly behind these days?

Michael Moore says that you can blame his Oscar speech on the fact that he went to Mass in the morning.

April 1st, 2003


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