Re: What’s in a Name?

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  • June 19, 2007

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So we had our cookout. It was a lot of fun and we threw out a bunch of names. Some were terrible…here are some of the ones we thought were the best.

City Lights Church (or something with City in it)
One Voice Church
Soli Deo Church (God alone)
Carmen Dei Church (song of God)
Awakened Church
Emmaus Road Church

The last one is my favorite (partly because Shainu thought of it). I think in a lot of ways it captures what we’re going for. 2 guys who sort of know things about Jesus, walking with Him, slowly discovering, having truth presented to them, their hearts burning as they hear the Gospel, Jesus revealing how all Scriptures points to Him, breaking bread together, having their eyes opened by Christ, etc.

The drawback is that there are a bunch of churches with this name already – a bunch of which are weird, emergent, etc…so it might bunch us together in a way we don’t want to be. Also, most of the URLs we would want are already taken.

Anyway, we’ll keep thinking.

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About Ajay Thomas

Ajay lives in Philadelphia with his wife Shainu and their kids Hannah and Micah. He is responsible for preaching and vision as a pastor at Seven Mile Road. He loves God, family, food, and football - in that order.

4 Comments

  • Saju says:

    I really dig the Emmaus Road name too. Anu & I love that particular bible story so much that we named Jadon — Jadon Emmaus Mathew. So I might be a bit biased here.

  • Ajay says:

    Cool. If Emmaus Road is already taken by a bunch of churches, what are some variations that would still point to that story? Or some variations that would capture the themes of that story?

    Possible:

    Seven Miles
    Seven Mile Road
    Emmaus Way
    Awakened

    ???

  • Saju says:

    Seven Miles sounds intriguing.

  • Jim and Leena says:

    What about 7 mile Road, the Emmaus Awakening Fellowship?

    Too long?

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