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Glossary of Terms for Reformed Churches

Glossary of Terms for Reformed Churches

Due to their intense love for scripture, Reformed Christians also love to discuss theology. This Theological Glossary is offered to help non-reformed or newly-reformed Christians better understand and engage in such discussions. If there is a theological term you like...
Word Study: Disciple

Word Study: Disciple

The word “disciple” comes from the Greek word mathetes (pronounced math-ay-tays). This word was used in pre-christian literature to describe a ‘pupil’ or ‘apprentice’ who had committed himself to attaining understanding or expertise in a certain field of study. Three...
Christmas or Holiday?

Christmas or Holiday?

I have been asked more than once (and have also overheard many heated debates) about the modern “Christmas VS Holiday” controversy. Most Christians get immediately offended when the word “Holiday” is substituted for “Christmas”...
“Chreasters” –  Clever, but Uncharitable

“Chreasters” – Clever, but Uncharitable

I was recently visiting with a friend who attends a different church than mine and she mentioned having some mixed feelings about increased church attendance during holiday seasons. Having heard about this dynamic many times before, and having personally witnessed it...
Word Study – Israel

Word Study – Israel

Every serious student of scripture needs to realize that some words have multiple meanings. Prime example: ISRAEL When the modern Bible reader sees this word, it is natural to think first of that modern nation in the middle east which calls itself by that name...
Word Study – Tetelestai

Word Study – Tetelestai

According to John’s gospel, the last words of Jesus were “It is finished!” That phrase is actually one word in the original Greek: tetelestai. The root of this word is “teleo” which means “to complete” or “bring to an end” and while the word may be unfamiliar to us,...