Monthly Archives: February 2008

under seven minutes

i suggest you watch the video that this link will take you to… its about decision making and character… click here… ‘do everything you do as unto the Lord’ -Paul

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what is important enough to sacrifice for?

My students and I read and talked about a chapter in Mere Christianity called “Social Morality” this morning. The chapter is about social structures and giving to charity. Two thoughts have stuck with me the last couple of hours… first, that we are gifted with talents which equip us to change society and second that, when we believe in a cause, we should give sacrificially for it. I think of Jesus parable of the talents and I think of Jesus sacrifice for the Cause. I ponder these things and I ask myself, what should I be giving up? What should I be willing to risk? What are you willing to give up? What are you willing to risk? And for what cause? Your cause? His Cause?

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spring shows hope

Daffodils are coming up… I saw my first Cardinals today… as I went for a long hard walk that was much needed this morning… I have been woefully negligent in my walking the last couple of months… today I struck out for a fast paced 28 minutes and saw that the neighborhood landscapers had been down to the pond and done some greatly needed trimming. No longer does one need to dodge limbs, the path is now clear… that makes me think of the life of following Jesus – there are issues in our lives that make us have to dodge our own stuff, when in fact we should not be dodging it – we should be cutting it clean, confessing our sin to Jesus and whomever we have offended or judged… and for the stuff that is deep in our hearts from our past that are hurting us and dragging us down, we need to lay that at the cross too… Jesus came not to condemn the world but to save the world… this is what spring reminds me of… rebirth… resurrection… redemption… relief.
The recent events in the Balkans (see previous posts), the newly awakened unrest (its not new, it is old, very, very old) shows us the need for the Gospel to the nations… all nations: Serbs and Albanians, these people groups are among the people groups who Jesus came to redeem… all the nations, all the peoples… for we ought to remember that the Greek word from which we get ‘nations’ is better understood as ethnicities… Jesus loves the Serb and the Albanian alike, He died and rose for them all, for us all… we all need the spring with its rebirth… resurrection… redemption… relief – thank you Jesus.

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at week’s end, some analysis on Kosovo

BBC asks lots of questions and provides some new insights
PBS/News Hour hosted a discussion between two scholars on opposite sides

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pix from last week in the HeartLand

Here are some pix from my trip last week, click here.

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a helpful timeline

MSNBC has a helpful timeline of recent Kosovo history. Click Here

yes, I know… its American… it isn’t my belved BBC, but it is valuable…

The International Herald Tribune has an article about tooday’s events that has some scary words from the Russians. Click Here and a slide show, click here

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Serbs continued

Yesterday a huge mob of Serbs attacked and burned the US Embassy Consulate in Beograd. The embassy has been closed for days in anticipation of such. It’s funny how the embassy staff could figure out the danger and the Serbian police/military couldn’t. It took the riot police and fire brigade forty-five minutes to respond. See Pix from BBC. This and the attacks in northern Kosovo of Kosovar police stations was clearly orchestrated by the Serbian leadership. When I passed through Serbia last week, it was clear that trouble was brewing from the people, the newspapers and the leaflets being handed out. Some things never change. Read more on the BBC, don’t expect much from American news outlets… click here.

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