Friday, March 30, 2007

Words, Introduction

To the left is the Greek word for "word." It is pronounced "lugus." It was practically the first word I learned in seminary when I studied Greek with Dr. Reumann. It is one of the few words in Greek that I still know.
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Sometimes I'll use a word with a theological connection, and Joe will say, "You know, I don't know what you mean by that. You people (those who have attended seminary) use that all the time. But I don't know what you mean." He may be smarter than the rest of us. Sometimes I use theological words without thinking about what they really mean.
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Some years back I read a book by Kathleen Norris called "Amazing Grace." In it she takes church-talk words, and writes a bit about them, one at a time, thinking her way through the words. She knows what she means. I dug that book out during Lent this year to re-read, and am thinking that I'd like to take some of the words that us people use and flesh out what they mean to me. I don't know how far I'll get; at present, I have three words in mind. I'll be interested to read comments as to whether these words mean different things to different readers.

4 comments:

Tanya said...

Wow! I can tell I'm going to get some brain stretching reading your blog! Good! I could use some of that!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

We have a friend, a young man, who is a Lutheran Pastor (now near Pittsburgh) he preached about this once; about words that YOU PEOPLE use! I want to hear more of what you have in mind setting forth and see if and Phillip are talking about the same sort of thing.

Marne said...

I will be very anxious to see what 3 words you choose. Really like Norris.

Greg said...

My partner is Greek, so I've already informed him of the help I will need in seminary. To my somewhat misfortune, he then informed me that the language has evolved to such a degree that he has some difficulty with NT Greek.

Ah, it's all 'Greek' to me anyway. =)

Greg
blog.greggriffey.net