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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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Top Ten Christian Blogs Revisited

Everyone loves a top ten list. And, as number one in my ten most popular commentaries list is my July article “The Top Ten Christian Blogs”, I have decided to update it. [Update: some are no longer online]

How do you know which are the top blogs? You don’t. There’s no definitive ranking system. In July, I used the “Leaderboard” list compiled by the Thinking Out Loud blog, based on the number of links to each blog. This time I have used a top ten list from the blogs4God portal site.

I must confess I’m not completely clear about how the list is compiled. In fact, it’s one of several top ten lists on the site. The list I am using is headed “blog hits”.

1. Bene Diction Blogs On – invariably well-written and provocative, this is an excellent winner. Bene Diction, a Canadian journalist, says: “My primary goal is to encourage and promote other bloggers. It is a space to keep my writing skills sharp. I have opinions that will differ from others, and I will assume we are adult enough to deal with them with a relative degree of maturity.”

2. Joshua Claybourn – a student at Indiana University, Joshua maintains a blog that is opinionated, strong on politics and religion and never boring.

3. cre8d :: journal – Rachel Cunliffe from New Zealand says she loves designing websites, and it shows.

4. In Between Naps – I’ve said several times before that I regard Amy Welborn’s popular blog as one of the finest around.

5. He Lives – David Heddle presents “reformed theology from the point of view of a nuclear physicist”.

6. Verus Ratio – Conservative commentary on politics, religion and life, from G. Thomas Fitzpatrick.

7. Catholic and Enjoying It – Author Mark Shea runs one of the most popular of all the Christian blogs: in-your-face commentary mixed with humour and lots of enjoyable links.

8. Apologia – William Luse’s Catholic blog aims to present longer, reflective essays.

9. My own website remains in the top ten (depending which list you use). I had expected that when the Christian bloglist moved from my site to blogs4God I would lose a substantial amount of traffic. It hasn’t happened. I am finding a lot of visitors are coming to read my articles on Christian blogging - a good reason to keep writing them.

10. I Think I Need a Stiff Drink – Josh Strodtbeck describes his writings as the “ramblings of a confessional Lutheran with an extremely pessimistic and humorous bent”. Here’s the start of a recent post:

I think charismatics are so far to the fringe of what constitutes orthodox, biblical, apostolic Christianity as to be occupying the grey area between "Christendom" and "cults." Their versions of worship, conversion, faith, etc are so based on a kind of spiritual elitism as to come closer to ancient Gnosticism than the religion of Saints Paul, Matthew, etc.

Christian bloggers. Never boring.

October 15th, 2002

 

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