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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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What are Your Events of 2003?

The December issue of my denominational newspaper presents “2003 – The Year in Retrospect”, with photos relating to eleven significant events. They are:

1. President Bush puts Saddam Hussein on notice.

2. An unprecedented anti-war movement erupts on the eve of the attack on Iraq.

3. Steve Waugh announces his retirement as Australian cricket captain.

4. Michael Jackson arrested.

5. California wildfires.

6. Cyclone Zoe devastates the Solomon Islands.

7. England soccer player David Beckham receives an OBE from the Queen.

8. World AIDS Day.

9. SARS outbreak in China.

10. Afghan refugees.

11. Australia’s Uniting Church votes to accept gay priests.

I don’t know about you, but some of those events weren’t at all significant for me.

So, here’s my own brief list:

1. The liberation of Iraq, and the overthrow of the tyrant probably responsible for the deaths of more Muslims than any other person in the past 50 years.

2. The early flowering of democracy in the Arab world.

3. Continuing mass slaughter in the Congo, with particularly horrific attacks on women.

4. The North Korean gulag continues to imprison 200,000 of its citizens – including many Christians – in terrifying death camps.

5. Christian leaders express intense moral outrage over the liberation of Iraq, while largely remaining silent on the plight of those in the Congo and North Korea.

6. Christian leaders work themselves into a tizzy over gays in the church, while largely remaining silent on the plight of those in the Congo and North Korea.

December 13th, 2003


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