Words

CB064047The Oriole Park Warbler, my elementary school newspaper, lists my career ambition as “Journalist.”  That was my second choice, because I was too embarrassed to write “Pastor.”  I didn’t want the cool kids to hassle me.

Both jobs use words to convey a message. God used words too.  Supremely, the Word, Jesus–the ultimate expression of the mind of God to the human race. God’s power flows with his Word:

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV).

powerliftWhen you receive God’s Word, you don’t just receive information, you also receive power!

I feel like a kid in a candy store when I get to deal with words. One of my good friends knew me well when he gave me a book about words–about the Latin and Greek origins of English words–as a gift. Perfect. I’m glad God chose words to reveal himself.

Writing updates:  Two publishers looking at two projects right now.

  • One publisher meets tonight… I’ll hopefully hear word tomorrow. I’d appreciate your prayers that they’ll go forward with book 2. All publishers are super-cautious right now, because of the economy.
  • Another project came to me… the publisher is discussing it this week. More on that later.
  • Yet another potential book was declined, though the editor loved the material. I don’t have a proven sales record yet. Totally understandable and, yes, a bummer. Makes me want to work harder! God is in control!

Want to help in a sacrificial way?  1. Find a pastor in Great Britain on the Internet. 2. Get address and stuff. 3. Go to this link for a U.K. book seller.  4. Send them a surprise, copy of the book. 5. Send a note or an email that this was your gift to them to help their ministry or their small groups.  6. Let me know if you do it!  Thank you so much!

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7 thoughts on “Words

  1. Bill…

    I do not know if you subscribe the Atlantic Monthly, but the last page of every edition contains Barbara Wallraff’s “Word Fugitives” (http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200810/word-fugitives)
    For example, What is the appropriate word for the uncanny ability of husbands to ask if their wives if they need help with a household task at the exact moment that of their finishing it? –> “afterthoughtful.”

    Another word-resource is Paul McFedries book, “Word Spy” (New York: Broadway Books, 2004). (See his website at http://www.wordspy.com/) Like Wallraff, McFedries identifies the modern colloquialisms such as irritainment, dot-coma, McMansions, and mind control-alt-delete, and Generation O, which are the young voting generation who voted for President Obama.

    On a more serious note, you know the names of God in the Old Testament are replete with meanings-contained-in-names with the ultimate name in YHWH, which I think literally means, “I am, ‘I am'” In other words, YHWH means life in the ultimate ontological sense. (Jews even to this day do not pronounce the word, because of its holy uniqueness; instead the substitute the word “Lord” when reading the Hebrew texts.) Interestingly enough, the Second Person of the Trinity possesses an ineffable name (Rev 19:12), suggesting that spoken words cannot contain the significance of its meaning (because it is too wonderful). See 2 Cor 12:4 where the Apostle Paul could not (was not able) to articulate in words what he saw in heaven. Such limits of language, I suppose, have also made the understanding of the concept of the Trinity so difficult, i.e., most aberrations of Christian theology revolve around the incorrect apprehension of the Trinity… no doubt, I suppose, due to its true “wonder-fulness” (if such a word exists!)

    As regards the marketing of your book in the UK, have you thought of recording (in your own voice) an audio book of the Inner Mess? You could offer the chapters in mp3 format (free downloads for the introduction and first chapter). See http://www.bookmarketingsociety.co.uk/ for details.

    Grace,
    Joe

  2. Speaking of words, I am sure you will wait hopefully, but I don’t know if you will hear hopefully. When you hear the decision, you will know it, so you won’t have to hope for it. Pet peeve (You should of asked [just kidding–should’ve asked] about pet peeves on your question post).

  3. Delivered a copy of Inner Mess to Chris & Cindy Beall at LifeChurch.tv this weekend. OKC is as close to England as I am going get….Just letting me know I did it.

  4. Have sent your book to a UK Pastor. He’ll get the book before he gets a note so it will be a great surprise!
    Karen

  5. Hi there,

    Deeside Christian Fellowship Church in Scotland will be receiving one of your books. I didn’t have a spot to leave a message…..I’ll pray it gets into the right hands and they are blessed by it. Maybe they’ll email you or visit your website.

  6. Hi Bill,

    it’s not Deeside who will be receiving the book….order didn’t go through for some reason. But Southview Evangelical Church will get a copy. Stayed with Scotland 🙂

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