Historic Flooding, Bible Translated with AI Help & The Intentional Life of a Christian
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.
Church Responds to Online Threat, Worship Pastor Wins on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ & Praising God in Prayer
Police in Haymarket, Virginia responded in textbook fashion to neutralize a threat at an area church on Sunday. A Kentucky pastor recently used an appearance on the popular game show Wheel of Fortune to do more than spin the wheel and win some cash. And, Wesley Duewel, the 20th century missionary and prayer leader, once observed, “Praise gives you the spirit of triumph and overcoming. Praise fires you with holy zeal.
The Maryland Supreme Court has ruled 4-3 that a Catholic employer was lawful in denying health benefits to the spouse of a gay married employee because such unions violate church doctrine. This college football season is unlike any other in David Pollack’s life. For as long as he can remember, the sport dominated his Saturdays in ways most people haven’t experienced. And, from 2012-2017, the reality TV series “Duck Dynasty” told many stories of the Robertson family and their duck-call and decoy business. “The Blind,” coming to theaters Sept. 28, tells the story of Phil Robertson’s life before he became a Christian.
Hard times often are described as “going through a valley.” But Bruce Watson, pastor of First Baptist Jeanerette, La., describes life’s valleys as the place where the soil is the richest. Rudy Kebreau and Randal Lyle are bound by far more than their mutual faith and pastoral calling these days. And, maybe your church has a prayer list. But have you ever considered have a personal prayer list? In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Kie Bowman says it may help you remain faithful in prayer.