Magic and monsters.
With the collapse of Yugoslavia in the late 20th century, small-scale independence movements formed along ethnic and religious fault lines in the Balkan region. Croats and Serbs separated from one another and retreated into religious ghettoes. This "Balkanization of Europe" led directly to Bosnian and Serbian ethnic cleansing in 1992.
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Magic and monsters.
With the collapse of Yugoslavia in the late 20th century, small-scale independence movements formed along ethnic and religious fault lines in the Balkan region. Croats and Serbs separated from one another and retreated into religious ghettoes. This "Balkanization of Europe" led directly to Bosnian and Serbian ethnic cleansing in 1992.
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Graves And Grit

October 22nd, 2007

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Enlightenment and entertainment.
An essential architectural feature is missing in most American churches. At one time it helped people become more purposeful – a quality sorely lacking in many Christians today.1 What’s the missing element? Is it fewer crosses, hymnals or the disappearance of pews? Nope. It’s the loss of graveyards.

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Worth Continuing?

October 15th, 2007

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Continuing an experiment.
Does anyone remember how trumpets playing from a passing train save lives? When Christian Doppler arranged this experiment in 1845, he discovered that the trumpet pitch was higher when the train was approaching and then lower as the train passed and moved away. It’s called the Doppler Effect. His experiment is the science behind Doppler radar, an advance in saving lives by predicting the approach of dangerous storms.

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Seemless Fabric

October 8th, 2007

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Imagine this.
Here’s an easy way to see the disconnect between Sunday and Monday. Ask a friend to draw the first five images that come to mind when he or she hears these words: worship, work, ministry, the arts and service. If a picture’s worth a thousand words, we now have five thousand words depicting the disconnect. We also have a clearer picture as to why efforts to “integrate faith and work” generally fail.

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Cut Flowers

October 1st, 2007

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Florist shops.
Today’s universities are florist shops selling cut flowers. Ask any business, political science – or any science – major. Every discipline was originally rooted in Christian theology. Yet we’d be hard pressed to find a college student who appreciates this. Today’s colleges “offer students neither a coherent view of the point of a college education nor any guidance on how they might discover for themselves some larger purpose in life,” writes Harry R. Lewis, former Dean of Harvard College.1 They’re selling cut flowers, which might eventually snip our experiment in self-government.

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