Word of the Week Wednesday 6/7/17


Today starts my last month in placement, and that is a little too real for me. But, I have some exciting things coming up too, which brings me to this week’s word:


Language: Biblical Greek

Part of Speech: verb

Pronunciation: martyr-oh-my

Translation: To testify, witness, address solemnly, insist, urge
One of my exciting times this last months started today with a three day training on the Lutheran Confessions with Pastors of the Lutheran Church in Cambodia (LCC) and the Cambodian Lutheran Church (CLC.) This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about our Lutheran heritage and grow as two hutch bodies under one Church. On our first day today we mostly talked about the history of how the reformation started. Although there are many stories that have been made about Luther, he truthfully was not planning a reformation movement when he first nailed those 95 theses to the door.

As his path continued and his work was translated into German and distributed to the general population, there were a few events the really showed where Luther decided that he was going to push for the changes he wrote about. One was in an event that we could describe as a type of council meeting and after some explanation whether he will recant his statements or stand behind them and say that the pope can be wrong. He chooses to insist on his theses. That was a BIG DEAL back then and the fact that he questioned the pope’s authority was step one in sealing his fate.

Step two was when he received a letter that could have been his last way out. He had to answer questions so his old comments were then moot, or he was going to be excommunicated for what he did believe. He took the letter and burnt it in the town square. So, that killed any chance he had to return to the church and could also have cost him his life.

Our word of the week fits into all things because Luther chose not to back down. He had a Gospel revelation and was not intending to see those new thoughts and understandings of the Bible be pushed aside. He testified that there was corruption, witnessed on what he now understood as Gospel, addressed the issues solemnly, insisted on change, and urged that something be done. This word in Greek is also where we get the word martyr, which literally means witness.

Luther chose to stand up for the Gospel that was revealed to him, and got in a whole lot of trouble for it. But he continued, he did not back down, and he eventually when on to be a huge part of the history of Protestantism, and lutherans in particular. Hopefully you enjoyed a little church history today, and I urge you to find the things in your life worth testifying.

Keep Shining,



Word of the Week Wednesday 7/15/15

Hello fellow language lovers!

This week’s word of the week comes from the lovely language of Biblical Greek.

εὐαγγέλιον. (n) This word means “good news” or “Gospel.” If you want to try and pronounce it, it sounds something like you-ang-gel-ee-on. The double gamma (γγ) in the middle of the word changes the sound of that letter. Normally, gamma sounds like the English letter G. However, when there are two gammas put together, it makes more of a nasal sound, think of the start of the word angle.

Now, this word was part of the High School Bible Study I am working with at my internship a few weeks ago. We were discussing when Jesus sent out the twelve to spread the Gospel, or the good news in Mark 6! There are a few reasons that I think this word is very cool and so relevant to my faith today. The root of this word is where we get the word for angel, as well as evangelism. Since there is a connection with these, let’s talk about how the words are related.

1) Angels are used throughout the Bible when bringing good news. The Greek word for angel can also mean messenger. So, when people spread the good news in society today, they are like the messengers and angels of biblical times. They are spreading the good news like the angel to Mary or the women in the tomb. Angels are full of light that matches the message they bring. Much like this blog is called “luminous language,” the messages we are spreading about faith in our world should illuminate the Gospel. Shining light into the darkness of the world should be what we do when sharing the Gospel.

2) Evangelism is a big concept within our Christian culture and what it means to “evangelize.” From my studies, I have come to understand evangelism as the act of sharing the good news. Not condemning those who are not sharing the Gospel, but instead spreading the JOY that comes from the Gospel. This is not only good news, it is GREAT news! The news of how God was, is, and will be working in our lives. Evangelism is about living a life that lets me share the triumphs and the hardships that come with my faith. Both death and resurrection are a part of the Christian journey, we are meant to be with our brothers and sisters through both, and remember that the good news is the common thread between it all. The good news is the light, and we’re the tower to bring ships in from the chaotic darkness.

And that is our word of the week! May this post give you some good news as you go into the second half of the week.

Keep shining,


Word of the Week Wednesday 6/17/15

Hello word nerds and linguists alike!

This week is the first of getting back into the swing of normal blogging and I’m more excited each day to see what I learn about language this summer! So, without any delay, this week’s word of the week is: misericordia!

Misericordia is a Spanish word meaning mercy or compassion. If you want to pronounce it, it sounds like miss-err-ee-cord-ee-ah. One definition in Spanish is “Inclinación a sentir compasión por los que sufren y ofrecerles ayuda.” Translated this means “the inclination to feel compassion for those who suffer and offer them help.”

Misericordia is not only a beautiful word, but also a powerful one. This word has so much more depth than what one word in English can explain. The word itself means mercy, but in a religious setting, Jesus’ mercy is beyond explanation or understanding.

This is the word of the week because of the church I am interning at. Right now, the name of the church is Iglesia Cristo Rey, however soon they will be in the process of changing the name to El Señor de Misericordia. Translated this is The Lord of Mercy. As I continue my journey this summer, it is the mercy, compassion and unexplainable sense of worth the lord provides for me each day that keeps me going. I urge you to find the misericordia in your life and bask in the wonder of it!

Keep Shining,