The Higher Education Bubble

Our oldest child is heading off to college in the fall. It has created many discussions between my wife and I, thinking about college and its costs. It’s really quite overwhelming.

Our friend, Chris Brauns is in the same boat. In his blog today, he linked to the video above. It helps to put things into perspective. Denny Burk also linked to Al Mohler’s commentary on student debt.  You can listen/download it here.  Burk also mentioned Proverbs 22:7, “The borrower becomes the lender’s slave.”

There is much wisdom here. A video. An audio clip. A Proverb. If we are ensnared, we have no excuse.

A Look Into Translational Work

The English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible is a great translation of the Bible. The process of translation is a very difficult work. The above video gives a bit of an insight into a discussion that the ESV translators had concerning the translation of the word, “Slave.”  It will give you an insight into the difficulty of translation as well as some of the process involved in doing so.

I appreciate the heart of these men to render each word in the Bible as accurately as possible, so that its true meaning would come across.  I also appreciate their humility and their dependence upon the Lord in the process.  You can learn a lot from this video.

It is well with my soul

November 22 will come and go in your life, but for Horatio Spafford, the day was forever fixed in his mind as a day of tragedy.  On November 22nd, 1873, the steamship Ville du Havre was headed for Europe, when it collided with a sailing vessel and was lost at sea, along with 226 people, among whom were four of Spafford’s daughters.   Spafford quickly boarded the next ship for Europe to meet his wife, who had survived the accident at sea (along with 87 others).  When told by the captain that they were over the spot where the Ville du Havre had sunk, he wrote these words, …

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

When sports are taken too seriously

Last Monday night, the Green Bay Packers demolished the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 45-7.  The Vikings never had a chance.  The outcome devastated the little girl in the video above.  We may chuckle at her behavior, after all, it’s only a game.  But, how many of us do the same.  We’ve just learned how to hide it.  The second commandment applies, “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3).


Preaching Hebrews 9-10

The above video is of Ryan Ferguson “preaching” Hebrews 9-10. Actually, he was merely quoting the Biblical text (English Standard Version).  This video left two lasting impressions on my life:

1. After watching this video, I came to understand that the book of Hebrews was really a sermon that was written down.
2. After watching this video, I put efforts into memorizing entire books of the Bible.

Mormonism and the Presidency

The presidential elections are more than a year away, and yet, things are heating up with the primary elections coming soon. One of the major discussions in this year’s election cycle has to do with Mitt Romney and his Mormon beliefs.

Dr. Robert Jeffress (pastor of First Baptist Church, a southern Baptist church in Dallas, Texas) was recently interviewed regarding his comments regarding Mormonism as a cult.  I thought his perspective is a good one to share as you think about casting your votes in the upcoming primaries and presidential elections.