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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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Best Southern Gospel Music – Online Recommendations

Wouldn’t you know it.

I write an article about my love for Southern Gospel music, recommending my two favourite online radio programmes. And within a couple of months both of them, Solid Gospel and Gospel Lighters, pull the plug on their internet broadcasting.

Fortunately, I have recently received a couple of emails with recommendations of alternatives.

But firstly, what are my qualifications for writing about online Southern Gospel music?

1. I’m a huge fan. I discovered Southern Gospel only about two years ago, but I reckon it has to be some of the greatest music around.

2. I have a broadband internet connection.

3. I’m a writer, working at home all day on my computer, so spend a lot of time listening to internet radio.

4. Desperation. Here in Australia Southern Gospel barely exists. You can buy the Gaither Homecoming music at local Christian bookstores, and a Christian cable television station shows a weekly Gaither programme. The Gaither Vocal Band apparently attracted a good audience to a concert in Sydney late last year. But our new Christian radio station in Melbourne never plays Southern Gospel, and nor does anyone else. Thank God for the internet.

So the envelope please. And my two new favourites are (thank you to Phillip, from near Atlanta, Georgia, for pointing them my way):

The Gospel Station is a fairly new ministry from Oklahoma. Just as its name indicates, it plays continuous gospel music, and somehow the producers seem to have the knack of selecting all the best. Highly recommended.

My other new favourite is All Quartets Radio. It, too, is just as the name suggests – a radio station devoted to glorious, non-stop Southern Gospel quartet singing. It is the “dream come true” of Carl and Carlotta Ramsey from Maryland, and they need your support. Please try to help.

Finally, I would like to mention Ken’s Korner, a personal website with dozens of Southern Gospel favourites, and links to several sites where you can hear more.

I know there are lots more. I would be happy to hear of readers’ own favourites. I’ll check them out and then attempt another compilation.

January 26th, 2003


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