βασιλεία

This Greek word, which sounds like bah-sil-lay-uh. Occurs in the GNT (Greek New Testament) 162 times! It is clearly important!It simply means kingdom. It is most often associated with the kingdom of God, or synonymously, the kingdom of heaven. It is the same word Jesus uses in the model prayer, or Lord's prayer, that he … Continue reading βασιλεία

Zealous

What comes to your mind when you first think of this word? Perhaps it is a mob of protestors raising signs? Maybe you think of Twitter trolls, or religious fanaticism? Another alternative is to attribute zeal to those with great drive; these are the people with a "get up and go!" mentality. They are the … Continue reading Zealous

Will

"Whatever God may will""Where there is a will, there is a way." "I will order a pizza soon." As I've become acutely aware in my Greek classes, there is a term known as semantic range. This is in reference to the variety of definitions possible for one word. Sometimes, the word may mean something different due to … Continue reading Will

Sovereign

"What is Calvinism?" I asked earnestly, and nervously, after gathering a large amount of courage to enter into uncharted theological waters with my pastor and several church staff members. I was at a youth event at Dave & Busters. While my friends were running around racing cars, spending tokens, and earning tickets, my 15 year-old … Continue reading Sovereign

Words… An Introduction

Life, Death, Power, Weakness, Hope, Discouragement, Victory, Defeat, Love, and Hate. Words are powerful tools, placed in bold, italicized, or underlined; read, typed, written, highlighted, spoken, shared, shredded, misquoted, mistaken, misheard, enjoyed, examined, extracted; they govern our thoughts, they dictate our actions, express our desires, relate to others, govern our beliefs, illuminate our imaginations, and puzzle our preconceptions. Our … Continue reading Words… An Introduction