Monthly Archives: August 2007

Tours information for 2008 now posted

We have now posted details about our tours for 2008 at Our tours are primarily intended for members of churches of Christ. We understand the Bible study habits of these folks and we build the tours to meet their needs. Our tours are study tours; not simply vacation travel. We emphasize the land, the biblical events, and the archaeology of the sites visited. The tours are under my personal direction. We have been directing tours since 1967. The two tours for 2008 are number 71 and 72. Take a look.

Normally I am more than 1 year behind!

A few hours after posting about the Beloit College Mindset list, I noticed that I had used the 2010 list. Oh, well, you probably did not know that either. Here are a few interesting things about travel and knowledge of the world from the 2011 list.

  • 1. What Berlin wall?
  • 15. Russia has always had a multi-party political system.
  • 53. Tiananmen Square is a 2008 Olympics venue, not the scene of a massacre.

And here is one of general interest.

  • 43. Being a latchkey kid has never been a big deal.

What they don’t know

Beloit College, for several years, has posted a list of things that incoming Freshmen (class of 2011) do not know. When I was teaching I always found this interesting and helpful. Preachers, who think they are making themselves clear, might learn something from examining the full list. We frequently take for granted that our listeners understand our illustrations. Many of the items from the Beloit list are humorous, but I have chosen a few pertaining to travel.

  • 1. The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union.
  • 6. There has always been only one Germany.
  • 12. Smoking has never been permitted on U.S. airlines.
  • 51. Disneyland has always been in Europe and Asia.

These are thought provoking:

  • 30. Non-denominational mega-churches have always been the fastest growing religious organizations in the U.S.
  • 41. They have always been able to watch wars and revolutions live on television.

But still know nothing about the problem in the Middle East (or even where it is).

All of is blocked in Turkey! is reporting tonight that the entire site has been blocked in Turkey. It seems to involve someone’s disagreement about one blog that has disagreed with a Turkish author. This is sad. WordPress has 1,348.871 bloggers (probably more by the time you read this). Without me they would only have 1,348,870!

Since beginning this blog I have observed that there are many Turkish bloggers. I think this blog helps to promote tourism in Turkey. Why should I be blocked in Turkey? I suspect that many Turks disagree with such censorship. Hopefully the issue will be resolved so our friends in Turkey can once again see the information we have written about some of the biblical and historical sites in the country.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton is credited with saying, in 1839, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Others have said the same thing, or something similar.