Monthly Archives: January 2015

Szeged memories

Years ago, from 1997 – 2006 (or so) about a hundred of us, 10 or 15 at a time, went to Szeged, Hungary on mission trips from Covenant. I’m in Szeged right now and had a day pass and some time so I went to see some of those places…

Our teaching location at Deák! Remember wiffle ball?

I will never forget the lunches at the Hobiart Bistro, just ordering in the line was an event!

Remember this bakery down the tram line from Deák?

This was my arrival from my Balkan loop today, I was squinting because this was the first time I’d seen the sun in over 3 weeks.


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Where cultures meet: Sarajevo

In the old town of Sarajevo one finds endless little shops selling, primarily, Turkish coffee sets hammered out from brass that, presumably, comes from a seemingly endless supply of brass shells left over from the war. A testament to how many shells were fired at this city.

On the main walk to the old town from, what I call downtown, (it’s old too, but is more of what I call a downtown), kinda where the old town and downtown meet, is this…


This really is a place of cultures meeting.

This city is, according to a reliable source, over 90% Muslim, I counted 13 minarets visible from my window…


Which a friend told me includes this one, the main mosque…


I was here to visit my friends who serve among these people and his focus is the study of Islam toward helping Muslim friends come to a true understanding of Jesus.

With my doctoral studies in mind and what I had learned from our conversations and the books I’d read in preparation, I struck up a brief conversation with a young economist. I asked him who Jesus is. He replied that it depends of what you believe and that he wasn’t religious.

He may not have been, but I made one observation that is not scientific. When I first came to Sarajevo in ’07, there were not many women wearing head coverings. 8 years later, head coverings are common. My count, based on video survey was that as much as a third of women are now covered.

While waiting…


for my favorite Sarajevo food, burekški…


we observed that all the women working in the eatery were covered. This is a sign, I concluded, of increasing emphasis on the Islamic culture becoming more defined in this city where cultures meet.

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Last post from Sarajevo

In the early morning, a light snow falls as I wait for my ride to the bus.


I leave this fascinating city where east meets west.

Next stop Kula, Serbia

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Sarajevo pix






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In a few minutes, I should be on a bus from Croatia south to Sarajevo, Bosnia for conversations about Islam in this majority Muslim city in SE Europe. I’ve just had dinner with my friend Jeremy and his son and dropped me at the Slavonski Brod bus station.


Next post could include some great pix from one of the most intriguing cities on my route.

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In a few moments were driving through the ice and snow…


… to Slatina for church. Back in 2004 and 2005 two teams of us held English camps in this small city. They outgrew their small church and I’m looking forward to seeing the new place for worship in singing and the Scripture! Today we’re thinking about Paul’s prayer for depth in Philippians 1:9-11.

After church I grabbed this with the pastor and his wife…


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