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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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Which Footy Team Would Jesus Barrack For?

It’s footy finals weekend, and a fitting time to ask: which team would Jesus barrack for?


Until I came to live in Australia I thought barracks were places where soldiers lived. But you can’t live more than about three days in Melbourne without being asked the key question that establishes your right to claim Australian identity: which footy team do you barrack for? (The answer doesn’t seem to matter. You just have to barrack for one of the AFL teams. When I reply that I barrack for the All Blacks, Australians seem genuinely saddened, as if I’m letting myself down.)

And the team you barrack for isn’t just your team. It’s your beloved team.

In fact, the following beloved ladder makes it clear which team is favourite for tomorrow’s grand final:

-beloved Collingwood 90

-beloved Carlton 89

-beloved St Kilda 40

-beloved Western Bulldogs 40

-beloved Kangaroos 37

-beloved Essendon 34

-beloved Adelaide Crows 30

-beloved Fremantle 24

-beloved Geelong 21

-beloved Hawthorn 18

-beloved Richmond Tigers 13

-beloved Sydney Swans 10

-beloved West Coast Eagles 9

-beloved Brisbane Lions 7

-beloved Port Adelaide 4

-beloved Melbourne Demons 3

But what about Jesus? Who does He barrack for? Google suggests Collingwood, ahead of the Brisbane Lions. But the Lions – aiming to win a third straight premiership – were almightily helped last year by devout Christian Shaun Hart.

But could it be that Jesus is more attracted to the game played in Heaven? The Rugby World Cup starts in a couple of weeks. The Bible Society has prepared some impressive resources.



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