Fruit On Credit

  I am laying on sofa and going through the text of the Bible, verse by verse in Hebrew. Standard biblical reading: woman accepts the snake’s offer to eat of the fruit in the book of Genesis. Honestly, even though I read through the story almost dozen times, I am still struggling with the interpretation….

Growing Crops On The Mount of Sodom

Judges 9,45 read: “All that day Abimelek pressed his attack against the city until he had captured it and killed its people. Then he destroyed the city and scattered salt over it.” (NIV) Practice of salting the earth is the final act of conquerors deciding the fate of crops in the land they occupied: since…

Demonic Cats On The Stairway of The Blessing

I am headed for vacation. People in God´s service tend to stay away from worldly vacation lifestyles and I am travelling towards Croatia by bus from Sarajevo, where one of the brothers lets the service men like me stay without pay. Let’s call him John and his wife Adrianne. Only this time, things were different….

Clean Out Of The Unclean

I live in somehow outwardly orderly neighborhood. Apartment block buildings inhabited by people with stable jobs, mostly government. I was almost born here in Čengić Vila, Sarajevo. My parents moved here when I was four years old. Their previous habitation ? Rented room in Vraca, up-the hill suburb of Sarajevo. They barely escaped the destiny…

Patrons On The Different Road

It is Sunday and I walked back from the church in Dobrinja. Wise man – wisest I have ever met – paid us the visit from the “Peacemakers confessing Christ” organization established by David Shenk. It was lovely to hear him speak about establishing relationships among different faith cultures. I am in my room and…

Fund Raising

As a new face in the ministry, fund raising concept was not totally unknown for me. Asking people to pay is a skill, which every salesperson understands. Seemingly innocuous experience of selling life insurance served me very well in this new endeavor of asking people to financially support the work of Bible translation. Acquiring money…

Rebels live on scorched land

The chiefs of Local Communist party cell in Belgrade have in the Communist days of ex-Yugoslavia been giving their children gifts: tickets to the documentary about life of Janis Joplin, among other things. Kids took the tickets, went to see the film and for the first time were introduced to the world of alcohol, nudity…

Not Even Hell

I just finished prayer, Bible study and worship. After singing, I recalled how my present is incomparably better than my past was. Thanks to God of Israel and His precious son Jesus, song of my life has different lyrics, than it used to have before. Let me explain. In the first grade elementary school in…

Feeding the Mind, Sarajevo Way

Sarajevo City Library is the place for which famous writers acknowledged the outstanding source of reference material. It is true. I almost gave up the annual membership since for months I couldn’t find the good book to use in the writing research. However in the past two weeks, I came across two great books packed…

Sweet Saviour of Sweat

It is January in Sarajevo and the temperature has gone down to minus twenty Celsius. A test of faith. My fund raising skills brought in zero cash and my commitment to run ten kilometers every day received the question mark at the end of the sentence. I remain in the room of my parents’ apartment…

About

The TBV is a modern translation of the Holy Bible into Bosnian using original language sources of Hebrew and Greek and localized weights and measures. Vision and mission Our vision is to see the re… Source: About

The “Permanent” Employment

Putting up the concerned face expressions, my parents summoned me in a solemn kitchen assembly. My father said: “Son, when will you get the permanent employment ?” The answer I gave to both of them might sound harsh or disrespectful and I am not going to quote it now. However, what I do want you…