Mike Cope's blog

Monday, January 30, 2006

Here are five words I like: ambiguity, mystery, complexity, paradox, and nuance. Am I totally goofed up? How about you? What words speak from your soul?


  • I am dealing with all of those right now. I am dealing with a large group of people, from many religious backgrounds, and trying to find common ground. The Bible is full of ambiguity, mystery, complexity, paradox, and nuance.
    At this moment my choice of words would be precision, simplicity, and straight-forwardness.
    Of course then we would all be living in the same box and what fun would that be? Just hit me at the wrong moment I guess.

    By Blogger Angel, at 1/30/2006 04:35:00 AM  

  • Angel - Here are some other ones I like:

    unity, authenticity, diversity, perseverence, and simplicity.

    (Now I've listed both "complexity" and "simplicity." But I also listed "paradox"!)

    By Blogger Mike, at 1/30/2006 04:40:00 AM  

  • Sausage, bacon, ham, pork chops, bratwurst -

    The pig can really be a metaphor for a simple, yet complex paradox on the nuanced and mysterious unity in diversity realized (though ambiguous) in the body of Christ.

    But don't use this metaphor with your Jewish friends.
    Listen, quiet, hope, wait, do.

    By Blogger Fajita, at 1/30/2006 04:50:00 AM  

  • wonder, word, voice, majesty, ascribe

    By Blogger Candy, at 1/30/2006 04:50:00 AM  

  • Authenticity, Humility, Unity, Love and Grace.

    By Blogger Michele, at 1/30/2006 05:13:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    Last week, when I tried to pull up your blogspot at work, the words that spoke to me were, "This site is blocked. Reason: General Pornography."

    My first thought was, "Okay, what is Mike talking about today?"

    Apparently, our filters at work are going crazy, but I just had to share that with you. : )

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 1/30/2006 05:24:00 AM  

  • Simplicity, joyfulness, responsibility, and contentment.
    All things I'm working hard toward.

    By Blogger Snapshot, at 1/30/2006 05:28:00 AM  

  • providence

    By Blogger KentF, at 1/30/2006 05:39:00 AM  

  • Redemptive, Authentic, Cognitive, Soulful, and Organic

    By Blogger David Michael, at 1/30/2006 05:40:00 AM  

  • Conundrum, paradigm, harmony, venerate, and significance...oh yeah, and foreshadow.

    By Blogger Conni H., at 1/30/2006 05:44:00 AM  

  • Mike, will, preach, on, Sunday

    By Blogger Beverly, at 1/30/2006 05:48:00 AM  

  • Community, authenticity, love, family, together

    By Blogger Karen, at 1/30/2006 06:04:00 AM  

  • Love, friendship, honesty, laughter, and genius.

    By Blogger FeedingYourMind, at 1/30/2006 06:07:00 AM  

  • Integrity, warm, simple, graceful, triumphant.

    Chad, Julia, Jenna, Krispy, Kreme.

    Go, ahead, buy, it, honey.

    By Blogger Deana Nall, at 1/30/2006 06:07:00 AM  

  • Shantico, Latte, Mocha, Macchiato,Frappucino....

    Intentional, transformational, experiential, reconciliation and "simply fabulous dahling."

    By Blogger Arlene Kasselman, at 1/30/2006 06:14:00 AM  

  • incarnational, overwhelming gratitude (I know, two words. But how do you say it the way you want to without including "overwhelming?"), optimistic

    By Blogger drjimwhite, at 1/30/2006 06:29:00 AM  

  • Chocolate, cheesecake, obstreporous

    By Blogger KathyGS, at 1/30/2006 06:36:00 AM  

  • renewal, faithfulness, mercy, love, passion, hope, unity, and of course Cardinal-Baseball (if you say it right its only one word)

    By Blogger Brandon Moore, at 1/30/2006 06:38:00 AM  

  • unity, missional, incarnational, family,friends.

    By Blogger Randy, at 1/30/2006 06:45:00 AM  

  • Beautiful, hope, faith, joy, peace

    Coffee, sleep, sunshine, lip gloss

    By Blogger Beaner, at 1/30/2006 07:11:00 AM  

  • Discipline, Choices, Shame, Forgiveness, Courage

    Anyone else out there trying to raise teenagers......

    By Blogger Paul W, at 1/30/2006 07:12:00 AM  

  • I take my cues from the Preacher in Ecclesiastes chapter 3, so paradox--the "both/and" rather than the "either/or" is where I'm at these days.

    Twenty years ago I saw everything in black and white. These days the view is technicolor, with shades of gray intermingled to make things interesting.

    By Blogger mike the eyeguy, at 1/30/2006 07:15:00 AM  

  • nurture, diversity, reconciliation, pugnatious, hot sauce, and option football

    Try and use all of those words in one sentence.

    By Blogger Josh Ross, at 1/30/2006 07:45:00 AM  

  • I had fun looking the words up just to make sure I really knew what they meant. An interesting combination, Mike, but I don't think they point to you being "goofed up" in any way. :-) Lots of awesome choices in the comments here.

    Like Paul W I've also got teenagers in progress (three of them right now). If I'm thinking about parenting teens, I suppose my five words would be:

    vacillation, delight, panic, entreaty, awe

    By Blogger reJoyce, at 1/30/2006 07:50:00 AM  

  • compassion and floccinaucinihilipiliphication.

    By Blogger Keith Jones, at 1/30/2006 07:56:00 AM  

  • Sitting here in a circle in Nashville planning next fall's Zoe conference. Would appreciate prayers.

    Now . . . let the GOOD WORDS continue.

    By Blogger Mike, at 1/30/2006 08:03:00 AM  

  • 1. useful (because I want to be more in the kingdom)

    2. faithful (because I want to be ... to my husband, my children, my friends, my ministries and my God)

    3. consistent (because I want to honest in all do and all I try to be)

    4. tired (because I am most of the time)

    5. Momma (because it is the title I am most proud of and the most exhausted by)

    By Blogger Jimmy, Tiffany, Abigail and Cooper, at 1/30/2006 08:21:00 AM  

  • broken, strong, tears, laughter. Am I totally goofed up?

    By Blogger Amy, at 1/30/2006 08:46:00 AM  

  • love, waiting, patience, sacrifice, hope, trust, longing

    Prayers for ZOE conference are being lifted up. May the Spirit guide the planning.

    By Blogger songbirdintl, at 1/30/2006 08:56:00 AM  

  • Oh, and I just love the word eclectic. I love eclectic decor and eclectic friends.

    By Blogger Amy, at 1/30/2006 08:57:00 AM  

  • The English language is such a wondrous medium which, when utilized by skilled artists, can become masterpieces. A writer or speaker can say exactly what he means or whatever he wants the reader or hearer to think is meant. The use of some of the words enumerated in today's blog and its comments bring to mind vivid pictures and evoke varied emotions. I have found, however, when I am at a loss for words, yet a response is expected, I can always utilize one very quiet yet profound phrase which seems to say it all..."doo dah." If more is needed, however, I can expand the phrase to "O doo dah day."

    By Blogger CarlaMac, at 1/30/2006 09:21:00 AM  

  • Well done my faithful son.

    chips, gaucamole, lazy-boy (one word!)and World Series.

    humility, compassion, conquer, trust, follow.

    I want to follow Jesus.

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 1/30/2006 09:28:00 AM  

  • I love how British people say the word "photograph."

    By Blogger Deana Nall, at 1/30/2006 10:18:00 AM  

  • Notice how everyone seems to just tip toe around the issue… It is the elephant in the room that no one wants to notice or talk about. It is time for someone to step up to the plate and just let go….

    The painfully obvious answer is… “Yes, Mike…you are totally goofed up.”

    However, that fact does not negate the whole “words that speak to your soul” thread that you started today. It’s really a great idea for a goofed up guy.

    Just because I am working on my annual review…Performance, Accomplishments, Compliance, Expectations and Credibility are speaking to me today.

    By Blogger J A Pierpont, at 1/30/2006 10:38:00 AM  

  • Peace. Hope. Anticipation. Rest. Newness.

    But...in the meantime: chips and salsa. Lots of it.

    By Blogger Matt, at 1/30/2006 10:45:00 AM  

  • I love words--to look up their meaning, to spell them(frontwards & especially backwards after playing "Cranium"). I think that makes me goofier than anybody! Here are some I've been thinking about lately: obtuse,arbitrarily,Joaquin,& elongated. I SO wish we could've kept the British accent--ANY word they pronounce is so lovely,even if it's definition is not! Am praying for next year's Zoe worship conference & I'm already looking forward to it!

    By Blogger annie, at 1/30/2006 10:46:00 AM  

  • I read this post way early this morning and the only thing I thought of was that your mind sure works good early in the morning. It's now lunch and I've thought of one big word that hasn't already been used (i don't think - I don't have the patience to read all this stuff)


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/30/2006 10:48:00 AM  

  • Grandmother, mother, daughter, aunt, wife.

    By Blogger Hoots Musings, at 1/30/2006 11:33:00 AM  

  • Intimacy,Grace,Shekinah glory....
    these words bring me closer to heaven. But then there is Chocolate.....which brings me right back down to earth.

    By Blogger Kate, at 1/30/2006 12:19:00 PM  

  • Holiness, Love, Grace, Mercie, Forgiveness, Sacrifice, Patience, Peace, Unity....my mantra while running

    By Blogger parkbob, at 1/30/2006 12:27:00 PM  

  • Tradition, History, Knowledge, Perspective, Conversation

    By Blogger Gay Restorationist, at 1/30/2006 01:26:00 PM  

  • procrustean

    By Blogger Larry, at 1/30/2006 04:34:00 PM  

  • synergy, serendipity, reconciliation, relationship, grace

    By Blogger Fellow Traveler, at 1/30/2006 04:38:00 PM  

  • Mirth.

    By Blogger contratimes, at 1/30/2006 05:19:00 PM  

  • I have always liked words and wish I had been more disciplined in learning words that are especially rich in meaning. Today, some of the words whose meanings I particularly like thinking about are: harmony, mystery, gathering, integrity, wonder, authenticity, anticipate, and paradox.
    I also really like evanescent mostly because it has such a beautiful sound.
    Yours goofily, Kathy

    By Blogger Vkls, at 1/30/2006 05:59:00 PM  

  • Words I feel God whispering to me lately...well, sometimes he has to shout them for me to hear...but I do feel this has been message for me lately...
    silence, quiet, presence, patience, and prayer

    By Blogger julie, at 1/30/2006 07:21:00 PM  

  • family, belonging, serenity, peace, tranquility

    Of course this is Monday and for a stay home Mom of two soon to be three I also like these words

    takeout, frappicino, bubble bath, self-cleaning, and fully assembled.

    not to mention SPELL-CHECK! Why don't they have that for comments!

    By Blogger SG, at 1/30/2006 07:26:00 PM  

  • grace, blessed, mountain, river, daughter.

    Oh, and...

    Denver, Broncos, Avalanche, Clapton, Lovett...

    By Blogger Lisa E, at 1/30/2006 07:46:00 PM  

  • Beauty, Create, passion, hope, and Godiva

    By Blogger Flutter, at 1/30/2006 07:54:00 PM  

  • One more word: lavish (thinking of 1 John 3)

    By Blogger Vkls, at 1/30/2006 09:06:00 PM  

  • Exoneration. That's gotta be one of my very favorite words.

    By Blogger Tracy, at 1/30/2006 09:37:00 PM  

  • Tracy,

    I can relate to your word.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 1/31/2006 04:15:00 AM  

  • oxymoron, antimacassar, aluminium (the British way) conundrum, sesquicentenial
    Just because they sound neat and I hardly ever get to use them.

    By Blogger Sarah_RN, at 1/31/2006 05:19:00 AM  

  • unity, diversity, faith, peace, and love

    By Blogger Terri Reed, at 1/31/2006 06:59:00 AM  

  • Many good posts here. Most of you have already used my choice words.

    So I think I'll just quote Jackie Chiles, "Shallow. Unattractve. Disgusting."

    By Blogger Joel Maners, at 1/31/2006 10:28:00 AM  

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