Spirita Spiro Ministries

cropped-spirita-spiro-ministries.pngHi Friends, I hope you are having a great day.

My wife said something earlier today that I might want to say something about the name change for this blog. She is such a smart lady. So, here is the explanation.

As most of you know by now, as of today, I am officially no longer in full-time ministry. I will still preach part-time, as a pulpit-supply pastor but, my primary focus will be teaching government, economics, psychology (fall semester), and sociology (spring semester) to high school seniors.

Since pulpit ministry is no longer my primary focus and the two things I will most often do will be spiritual direction and formation, this blog, prayer ropes, and I am hoping to do an online live Bible study, I felt like I needed a different name an umbrella for my spiritual activities.

As I began thinking about what I might want to call this new ministry, my mind kept going to Ezekiel’s story of The Valley of Dry Bones. Ever since learning of it in seminary I have had a fascination with the Hebrew word ruach. The word means  “wind,” “breath,” or “spirit.” Ruach is sometimes even used to mean “soul.”

We don’t have an exact English word that is a literal translation for ruach. That is not an uncommon problem in translating something from one language to another. The word has a richer meaning than any English word we might use in translation.

The webpage “gotquestions.org” gives one of the best short answer meanings I have come across. Consider this:

“God’s Ruach is the source of life. The Ruach of God is the One who gives life to all creation. We could say that God’s Ruach has created every other (non-divine) ruach that exists. All living creatures owe the breath of life to the Creative Spirit of God.” (https://www.gotquestions.org/meaning-ruach.html)

After thinking on this for a while, I came up with the words, “Spirit’s Breath,” but I also wanted something that would show the close relationship both words have to “ruach.” So, I was playing around with Google Translate a few days ago. I had it translate “Spirit’s Breath” into every language Google has on that page. I finally landed on Esperanto (I find this language intriguing and may write a post on it at some point in the future). Esperanto translates “Spirit’s Breath” as “Spirita Spiro.” Those two words are close enough, at least to me, to convey the meaning of Ruach.

So, there you have it, Spirita Spiro, Spirit’s Breath.

Have a Blessed Day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


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I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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