Category Archives: from the Balkans

Sarajevo: where the world changed 100 years ago

Today is the anniversary … few days, few places, few events outdo the shots that lit the match that exploded the powder keg that Europe was then… This is about the city.

This is about the gunman who lit that match: click here to listen

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beauty in Orahovica


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May 27, 2014 · 06:15

To Serbia


On another nice new train, this one from southern Hungary to Serbia. I get to talk with a bunch of pastors tonight and tomorrow. Then to Croatia Thursday.
My 4 days in Hungary have been very busy and fruitful!

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Bosnia troubles #pray

They are counting the cost of three days of violent protests over lingering social ills.

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Ukraine troubles #pray

For the first time in a pretty long while I got to hear about what is happening in Ukraine from a colleague. It is a very complicated situation to be sure, and uncertainty about the future seems to prevail. He pointed me to this Russian guy’s blog with some AMAZING pics from the January trouble. CLICK HERE to see some telling photos.

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gatheringOn a Friday afternoon where the cold had pushed away the spring and the snow had begun to fall, folks from as far away as Belgrade, from five or more churches, gathered for a Bible conference. Our assigned text is:

” if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Last night we focused on who really are God’s people. Our attention was drawn to the sufficiency of the work of Jesus on the cross and in his resurrection.



I told a story of the work our Ukrainian partners have been doing for the sake of orphans and how they seek to see every orphan adopted! Then we considered what Paul teaches us about being adopted by God. I mentioned how expensive it is to adopt a child and then I reminded us of the GREAT price God paid to adopt us… the death of Jesus. Our sins put him on the cross, his righteousness imparted to us. His adoption of us planned by him, paid for by him, we simple receive… indeed, as we sang…




His grace IS enough.

Today at 9, 11, 4:30 and 5:30 pm we will continue (trust me, I DID NOT set up such a heavy schedule).

Please pray that God will continue to speak in and through us to one another as we study:

– humbling ourselves and repentance

– humility and forgiveness

– how will God use us as HE heals our land

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I took this picture yesterday as I walked across this bridge crossing the Danube river from Croatia to Serbia…

Peter talks about our being sojourners in this world. When I travel I am not a tourist, nor am I a “local.” I am not “just passin thru” with no cares or concerns. But I am also not tied to the places I go to and invest in. Indeed, if my heart is right there are things about each place, things that are compelling that are different than the others. Some places are more comfortable than others, some provoke more thought than others. I have to think about the way I relate to people culturally which is different, perhaps from the last place…

This is what Peter means in his first epistle about the way Christians ought to view this world. Being travelers who know and care but are not from there, we are from and belong to another place, yet as we visit, we care and we invest. How are you investing in the place you are visiting and the people therein?

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January 24, 2014 · 07:21