Edgewater man reacts to Palm Sunday bombings of Christian (coptic) churches in Egypt

YouTube video download / Egypt's Coptic churches hit by deadly blasts on Palm Sunday / A coptic church north of Cairo and a second church in Alexandria, Egypt were bombed on Palm Sunday in planned terrorist attacks with the Islamic State taking responsibility. A screenshot image from the video shows the carnage at the Alexandria church.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

EDGEWATER, Fla. -- Phil Madsen of Edgewater is saddened by the terrorist bombings of two Egyptian coptic churches on this Palm Sunday, one of the holiest days of the year for Christian worshippers.

In Alexandria, an explosion outside St Mark's Coptic church killed 13 people. Pope Tawadros II, head of the Coptic Church, had been attending Mass inside and was unhurt, state media reported.
An earlier blast at St George's Coptic church in Tanta, north of Cairo, killed 27 worshippers.

"I once heard a sermon that left me mindful of the Coptic Christians in Egypt," said Madsen, owner of Anytime Fitness of Port Orange, who studied Theology at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

"This church was started by the Apostle Mark and continues to this day. As church histories go, you don't get much closer to the source than that. Some Christians hold themselves out as more 'real' than others because their church believes this particular thing, has that particular historical tie, or distinguishes itself from the others in another particular way. Well, if you are seeking to be a 'real' Christian, consider moving to Egypt and becoming a Coptic." 

Madsen continued from a post on his personal Facebook page: It does not get more 'real' than that."

Phil Madsen of Edgewater, FL, reacts to Egyptian church bonmbings on Palm Sunday / Headline Surfer"I once heard a sermon that left me mindful of the Coptic Christians in Egypt," said Edgewater resident Phil Madsen, owner of Anytime Fitness of Port Orange, who studied Theology at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

"This church was started by the Apostle Mark and continues to this day. As church histories go, you don't get much closer to the source than that. Some Christians hold themselves out as more 'real' than others because their church believes this particular thing, has that particular historical tie, or distinguishes itself from the others in another particular way. Well, if you are seeking to be a 'real' Christian, consider moving to Egypt and becoming a Coptic." 

Madsen continued from a post on his personal Facebook page: It does not get more 'real' than that."The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the blasts, according to various news services, including the Associated Press.

Four police officers, including one policewoman, were among those killed in Alexandria, the interior ministry said. The suicide bomber blew himself up after they stopped him from entering the church.
The first explosion in Tanta, 94km (58 miles) north of Cairo, took place near the altar.

Security forces later dismantled two explosive devices at the Sidi Abdel Rahim Mosque, also in Tanta, according to the Egyptian state-run Al-Ahram news website.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.