Episode 394

Historic Flooding, Bible Translated with AI Help & The Intentional Life of a Christian

Jul 12, 2023

What is being called a generational flood is threatening much of New England. Out of the 7,100 languages that exist, the Bible has been translated into more than 700, making it the most-translated book in the world. And, how can you live so that you are a light for Christ? Vance Pitman offers three ideas in BP Toolbox piece.


What is being called a generational flood is threatening much of New England.

Pastor Dan Molind in Barre, Vermont says relief workers have already rescued more than 100 people from flooded homes and vehicles.
The rainwaters are also threatening to cause a breach at the Wrightsville Dam in Montpelier, Vermont.

There are no reported fatalities and there’s no way to know how much damage will be caused by the flood.

Rescue and relief workers are partnering with local churches to prepare to help residents when the rain stops and the waters begin to subside.

Out of the 7,100 languages that exist, the Bible has been translated into more than 700, making it the most-translated book in the world. Yet, those remaining languages — many of them extremely rare — have vexed Bible translators for decades. Two scientists are looking to new advancements in artificial intelligence to help close the gap.

Ulf Hermjakob and Joel Mathew recently launched the Greek Room, an AI-powered technology to help streamline the highly technical process of biblical translation.

The two scientists at the University of Southern California are working to develop an AI technology to help translate the Bible.

This first version of the Greek Room focuses on quality control so translators can prioritize other tasks that require more judgment, like finding a way to translate a concept that doesn’t exist in a given language. In their next version, the two researchers want the tool to suggest better translations.

Now that their codes and data are available on GitHub, they hope other users will integrate their research into their tools and innovate further.

Their initiative, supported by the Wycliffe Bible Translators USA organization, is part of a broader program directed by Every Tribe, Every Nation that hopes to make the Scripture available in every language by 2033.

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How can you live so that you are a light for Christ? Vance Pitman offers three ideas in BP Toolbox piece:

1. God does it.

First of all, God does it.

“But thanks be to God, who always leads…and manifests through us…” (2 Corinthians 2:14-17).

It’s important to remember that God didn’t bring us into a relationship with Himself for us to “do” for Him but for Him to “do” through us. Scripture reminds us that God doesn’t need any of us, but because of His grace, He chooses to use us as we join in His kingdom activity.

2. God does it as the overflow of our relationship with Him.

Through our intimate, love relationship with Him, He changes us from the inside out and when that happens, Christ is made known through our lives.

“For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among…” (2 Corinthians 2:15).

There are billions of people on this earth who don’t know Christ. While this is a cause worth focusing on, God—through His Word—asks us to focus on Him, not on them.

He promises that as I focus on Him, He reveals Himself to them through me. Therefore, mission is not ‘what’ we do as the Church; mission is ‘who’ we are as the Church. It’s why we were created.

3. God does it through our life and lips.

We authenticate the message of Jesus by the lives we live.

“God…manifests through us the…knowledge of Him in every place like a sweet perfume” (2 Corinthians 2:14-15).

Many say people are not open to the gospel. I firmly believe they’re open, but they’re waiting to see if what we have is real. As He lives His life in and through us, our obedience opens doors to share the life-changing message of the gospel with others. And there is no more important mission than that!

As the Church, we­ are the plan. And God doesn’t have a plan B. His plan is for Christ in us to be made evident through us to those around us—everywhere we live, work and play.

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