Berlin Walls, Past and Present


I found it an ironic coincidence that U2’s surprise performance in Berlin on Thursday night necessitated a new “wall,” to be erected within meters of the former wall at the Brandenburg Gate (see Der Spiegel article). The U2 wall was needed for crowd control…

“Komm, Heliger Geist!” Come, Holy Ghost


This was the cry that came forth on September 15th, 2009 at Geimeinde auf dem Weg (Church on the Way) in Berlin, Germany.  The occasion was a nationwide gathering of Christian leaders, meeting on the 100th anniversary of the Berlin Declaration.  The Berlin Declaration…

The Downsizing of Europe


Last month, the International Herald Tribune reported that European populations would soon begin to shrink. The story cites an official just released study of European demographic projections by the EU.  According to the EU findings, "Europeans will begin their long foreseen demographic decline in…

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