Thursday, July 17, 2014



I recently came across a fascinating list of old English words that have been forgotten in our language. As a writer, I am always looking for interesting words to express what I say in inventive ways; however, I doubt I’ll be using any of these words soon:

  • Flitterwochen: What we call a honeymoon (German meaning “fleeting week”)
  • Fribbler: An 18th century man in love who won’t commit.
  • Petty-Fogger: A 16th century lawyer who quibbled over minor legal points.
  • Piggesnye: Chaucer use this to designate a sweetheart. (Hint — don’t try this on your wife or girlfriend unless you want a lot of trouble.)

The list is longer, but you get the idea. We don’t use these because they are archaic and have lost their meaning. All this got me thinking about theological, spiritual words we don’t use much anymore. When was the last time you heard a Christian in casual conversation use the words;

  • Sanctification: To set apart as holy or sacred; the process of surrendering to the Lord.
  • Redemption: What Christ did for us on the cross, atoning for our sins.
  • Eschatology: Doctrines about the final matters of Revelation, the End Times, and Bible prophecy.
  • Deliverance (or exorcism): Setting free from the devil and casting out demons.

The last on my list is the least likely to be spoken of in polite Christian conversation. Such verbal avoidance in common language says a lot about what so many Believers deliberately deny. Here is a challenge. The time you are talking with your average, go-to-church-on-Sunday Christian, drop these words into the mix, especially “exorcism,” and see what happens. Get ready for a lively conversation.

An encouraging word:  SET YOUR MIND ON GOD“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things,” Paul admonished (Colossians 3:20). Walk down any major street in a large city and you’ll be dodging people who aren’t looking where they are going. They are staring at their smartphones incessantly. Such conduct is contributing to a rise in pedestrian injuries.  But the spiritual toll is worse. It’s not just the electronic devices that consume us; it’s television, movies, entertainment, sports. There’s nothing wrong with any of this in small, appropriate doses, but too many people seem to have set their affection on the most stimulating attention-grabber of the moment. We all need to pause for a moment in our busy lives and set our minds on the Lord. Try that today and see how it enriches your life.


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