First of all, what’s up with ophelimos?
I chose this name for the blog for a few reasons:
- It allows me to quote 2 Tim. 3:16, which serves as a reminder of my stance on Scripture: I believe the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
- It reflects my love of the original languages the Bible was written in: Hebrew and Greek (and Aramaic too!). Ophelimos (ὠφέλιμος) is the Greek word that is translated “profitable” by the ESV in 2 Tim. 3:16.
- The phrase “profitable for teaching” reflects at least part of my heart for ministry as a pastor. I desire to preach and teach in such a way that people understand the Bible better, that they know what they believe and why they believe it, and that the grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.
- Ophelimos is one of the few Greek words that most people will be able to pronounce (oh-fell-ih-moss) without pulling a muscle in their brains.
- All of the other semi-creative ideas for a blog name were already taken on WordPress.
Now, a bit about me:
I am a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband, a father, and a pastor. I am a pastor at Faith Free Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis. I am a member of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. I am a graduate of the Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary, the Association Free Lutheran Bible School, and Crown College.