Friday, July 31, 2015

A Wonderful Time In Indy!

I got back from Indianapolis super late last night. My flight was delayed some, which pushed the arrival time toward the middle of the night. I had a little trouble getting to sleep when I got home. I kept thinking about all that God did over the past two days with that class in Indy, and I just couldn't stop. It's a wonderful thing to sit back and reflect on what the Lord is doing in and through you.

This in-residency time with this Greek class was exceptional. Some of the students got off to a bumpy start. Some always do, for one reason or another. Life gets in the way, technology doesn't always cooperate, etc. But we got everybody where they need to be. If they walked into class a 5 or 6 on a scale of 1 to 10, they left two notches up. And that's a good jump for language learning. When you're studying a language, you're never at a ten. You always feel like you're pushing forward and lunging ahead. It always feels like the last two miles of a five mile run, you know, when your legs just go numb but you keep going. And they're still going! These students are not giving up. What's even better is they got to see just how far they've come. That's another thing when it comes to learning a language. You can't assess yourself based on the chapter you're currently studying. The real assessment is a with a few chapters back.

One of the highlights of this trip was food. The students invited me over to a southern-style restaurant. It was delicious. It seems like everyone famous in the United States has at some point dined at this place. Yesterday the guys brought in doughnuts. Now they've said that I would abandon Krispy Kreme's after I tasted some of what Indy had to offer. I will say that they are delicious, but, I'm sorry to say, I just can't give them marks higher than those I give to Krispy's. Don't hate me, Indy. Maybe I'll come around one day, although I wouldn't hold your breath. Next time you're in the vicinity of a Krispy Kreme and the light is on, you should grab a dozen and reevaluate where you stand with this matter (hahah).

One of my students in the class shepherds a group of believers that just so happens to meet in the same building as where Jim Jones started the sadly famous People's Temple.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Rolling Discussion: What Do You Think Are The Most Difficult Things To Interpret In The New Testament?

When it comes to studying the New Testament, we get to a point when we have to land our planes. I was watching this video over at The Blaze, and I thought to myself: Sometimes landing your plane can be tricky. I don't think landing our planes in exegesis is always tricky. The study of the New Testament is not a whimsical endeavor, but it is certainly not mysterious or difficult for those that put forth effort and approach it with the right hermeneutical principles. What do you think are the most difficult things to interpret in the New Testament? What makes landing your interpretation look like that plane in that video?

Heading To Indy

I'll be heading to Indianapolis this week to meet with my Greek students for a couple of days. I can't wait. I already feel like I know them all so well, simply because we talk over the phone and email so frequently that a relationship gets formed before we ever step foot into the classroom. Well, I'm excited to meet them. This will be my trip to our site in Indianapolis.

A Post About Jesus' Crucifixion

I've got a new post up over at AtA you might be interested in. It's called "Three Men Were Crucified At Golgotha: Were Two Of Them Jesus' Disciples? (Part 1)." Check it out.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Visiting The Palacio Real In Madrid (Part 3)

Visiting The Palacio Real In Madrid (Part 2)

Visiting The Palacio Real In Madrid (Part 1)

Lesly and I watched the changing of the guard and went inside the Palacio Real in Madrid today. As a professor, they let me in for free, which was pretty cool. And it was well worth the ten euros that we paid for Lesly's ticket. There's lots of history and culture inside. Right across the way is the Catedral de la Almudena. If you're in Madrid, the palace is worth the trip!!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Back In Madrid

Lesly and I are back in Madrid. Today we had just a "touristy" kind of day. We slept late (can you believe it?). Then we went and grabbed some lunch. It was amazing. As always, Lesly always chooses better dishes than I do. Then we went over and checked out the James Bond stuff at the cultural center. Madrid is just one of a few cities in the world that is featuring this at their museum. Who can resist seeing some Bond? They wouldn't let me drive the Martin, unfortunately. Maybe next time. Oh yeah, we swung by the Real Madrid store. Had a special mission from back home to take care of to make a little guy's day. He's been wanting something from Real Madrid fútbol, so we got him a really cool present. Truth is, the shopping bag they give you is pretty amazing. So nice, you could even frame the bag.

I Love This Pic!

Best Translation At Barajas Airport?

We Had A Little Scare Leaving San Sebastián

All was well. We boarded the plane. No problem. It was business as usual. Then the plane started to do some weird electrical stuff before taking off. Lights started flickering, and things started to beep. We were asked to get off the plane. About an hour later, we were back on the plane and headed to Madrid. I was all fine, that is, until the weird electrical stuff started to happen again on the plane. We made it, though, thank the Lord. After we landed in Madrid, Lesly and I both let out a "gracias a Dios" at the exact same time.

Before We Left San Sebastián

So we left the north of Spain yesterday evening, but we had a whole day to explore. Lesly's cousin Fran took us around the city to some sites we hadn't seen yet. It was quite a hike. We went way, way, way up to overlook the whole city from the other side of the bay. Worth it? Oh yeah! While by the bay, Lesly and I decided to recreate the famous scene from Titanic. Eat your heart out, DiCaprio. I was surprised to find an English cemetery near the top of the mountain from the Peninsular War of 1808-1814. And now we know.