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Yerevan

Those who wonder what Peak Oil and economic decline will do to western societies and economies in the coming decades should visit the Caucuses. Formerly a wealthy corner of the Soviet Union, the caucuses has been rocked by economic collapse, earthquake, civil war, regional war and finally war with its former protector, Russia, all since …

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Landscapes of Armenia

Those who wonder what Peak Oil and economic decline will do to western societies and economies in the coming decades should visit the Caucuses. Formerly a wealthy corner of the Soviet Union, the caucuses has been rocked by economic collapse, earthquake, civil war, regional war and finally war with its former protector, Russia, all since …

One of the vast apartment blocks of Tbilisi housing many hundreds

Tbilisi Photo Journal

Those who wonder what Peak Oil and economic decline will do to western societies and economies in the coming decades should visit the Caucuses. Formerly a wealthy corner of the Soviet Union, the caucuses has been rocked by economic collapse, earthquake, civil war, regional war and finally war with its former protector, Russia, all since …

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As the Sun Rose over Tehran

(Part 2 of the Messenger’s Journey to Iran) A tapping sound entered my dreams and I labored in my sleep to make sense of it. There was a man standing in the dark shade of fir trees. Behind him was a hillside of gold aspens and up between the branches I could see white rocky …

God Speaks at 12,000 Feet

On a fall evening in 2011, Marshall, Patricia and I walked at 12,300 feet in the hills above Leadville, Colorado. Its a tortured landscape above this former mining town: hewed ridges, residue slides, broken mine equipment and hills that aren’t actually hills, but mine tailings heaped several stories high. The tailings mounds are mono-tone gray, …

A moment in the mountains of central Iran

The Messenger in Tehran

(In 2008, I accompanied the Messenger to Iran. This is part 1 of my recollection of that important journey. Part 2) Heat rose like steam off the streets of Tehran. Every few blocks we came upon a new river: six lanes moving fast and no street lights to slow the rushing cars. It was 5pm and …

Is the New Message the only path to redemption?

This is in response to the questions asked about the New Message on the Universal Life Church Blog. No. The New Message says that God has sent different revelations to meet the needs of different people at different times. And though the needs and circumstances of people change, God’s core intention is constant across all …

Witnessing the Revelation

When I was 10 years old I climbed to the top floor of our house because I heard a voice. I went up slowly, pausing to listen. I crawled on hands and knees across the short landing that led to my parents room and pressed my ear against the door. It was unlike any voice …