Judson Daniel Buice

Judson Daniel Buice

Yesterday Baby Buice #4 was born at 2:42pm.  The build up to this big day in our family has been very exciting.  Despite the modern advancements in technology that we enjoy today, my wife persuaded me into waiting until the birth to discover the sex of our new baby.  We had done that with our son five years ago, so I was not really interested, until my wife said, “I will give you all naming rights and privileges if you agree to it.”  At that point, it was a deal I could not refuse.

Our children, extended family, and friends have all provided their guesses and up until the last week, I was sure it was a boy.  In fact, if the truth were known, I had spent very little time looking for a girl name.  I had a list of boy names, but I didn’t have a list of girl names to choose from.  That wasn’t merely from procrastination either.  The girls in our home have a “K” theme while the boys stick with the “J” theme.  It doesn’t take long to see that the Bible is overflowing with great names beginning with “J” while the feminine “K” is rather slim.  Unless I want to name my daughter after a reed or a basket, the “K” names were a difficult process for me.  I spent time going through a Greek and Hebrew lexicon looking at specific verbs to see if a slight alteration of the transliteration would work, but I was really undecided.

At 2:42pm on October 7th, 2013 – our guesses were laid to rest when our son entered the world.  He was born 8lbs 1.5oz. and 19.5 in. long.  Some relief settled in for me to be honest!  I didn’t have to wrestle through the “K” names any longer nor did I need to start shopping for our new male German Shepherd to help even the odds out in the Buice home among the men.  So, my wife and I talked over the names and decided on the name which was at the top of my list, but we were undecided on a middle name until later in the evening.  We settled upon Judson Daniel Buice.

Judson comes from the famous missionary, Adoniram Judson who went to Burma (now Myanmar – nestled between India and China)  in 1813 at 24 years of age. He served the Lord Jesus Christ faithfully through sickness, death, and left a powerful legacy of the gospel among those people.  When he arrived in that dangerous anti-gospel land there were no converts.  Today, there are thousands of Baptist congregations thriving due to his gospel witness.  Adoniram Judson wrote, “The motto of every missionary, whether preacher, printer, or schoolmaster, ought to be ‘Devoted for life.

The middle name remained undecided.  For a while, I had told my wife I wanted his name to be Judson William Carey Spurgeon Daniel Samuel Bunyan Buice.  She smiled, but didn’t agree.  We later decided upon Daniel – for two important reasons.  First, Daniel was a man who stood strong and tall in the pages of the Old Testament.  He was a man who, even from his youth, purposed in his heart to obey God in the face of pending trials and the looming possibility of death.  When faced with lions he was willing to be consumed by savage beasts before he denied YHWH and bowed to the king or other dead idols fashioned by the hand of man.  Names are important.  I pray my son will grow to be a man who loves God and serves him like Adoniram Judson and has a backbone like Daniel.

We also chose Daniel because it was my grandfather’s name (Pawpaw).  He was my mother’s father and had a massive impact upon my life.  He was a military man, truck driver, and construction worker.  He was rough, tough, wild, pagan man until he was changed by Jesus Christ.  Although my Pawpaw always had a strong exterior, he was a man with a gentle heart who loved his family and it showed in how he took time with me, provided for me, and sought to protect me when I was thrust in the middle of family trials at a very young age.  My Pawpaw was a man who taught me to stand tall, look a man in the eyes, and always keep your word.  He told me about making large business deals and borrowing thousands of dollars from bankers on the shake of a hand.  He taught me about about integrity with people and money.  He taught me about doing more than just attending church on Sunday.  He sacrificed much of his money for the Lord’s work. Although he went to be with the Lord at Christmas time in 2008, his legacy lives on.  I would like to teach my son to be a man of integrity which I learned from the men in my life – my Dad and my Pawpaw.

As I watched my little boy sleep through the night last night, it was a reminder of God’s blessing upon our family.  God has been so gracious to us and we are very thankful.  I pray that God will raise up Judson Daniel Buice to serve Him and treasure Him above all things this world has to offer.  It is my earnest prayer that he will be a man of God rather than a man of this world.

Psalm 127:3-5 – Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!

Soli Deo Gloria,

Pastor Josh Buice

The Meaning of a Name!

The Meaning of a Name!

As you know, names have meanings – and those meanings are important!  For instance, how many little girls do you know by the name of Jezebel?  I find it challenging to name my children.  It’s much more difficult than naming the family pet.  My wife and I have typically decided on a name after the birth of our child.  Although we had several possibilities on our mind, the decision was made after the birth.  After the news of my wife’s pregnancy settled on our hearts, my wife wanted to know if I had a desire to find out the sex of our new baby when the time came.  With our second child, we decided to let it be a surprise.  However, I insisted that we find out the sex this time in order to have enough time to consider possible names.  Well, here we are with only days remaining until the birth of our daughter, and we have just now decided upon a name – Kalli Grace.

Our first daughter’s name is Karis which is derived from the Greek word, Charis, meaning grace.  We will be able to teach our daughter about the grace of God as she continues to understand more of God’s marvelous love in the days to come!  Our son is named John Mark, after John Mark the author of the gospel of Mark and Paul’s fellow missionary who once walked away from the mission journey that later caused a division between Barnabas and Paul.  However, at the end of Paul’s life, we see that things were patched up between John Mark and Paul because he said, in 2 Timothy 4:11, “Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.”  Therefore, we will be able to teach our son about what John Mark wrote in the gospel account that bears his name.

The name Kalli Grace has a very unique meaning.  Kalli is derived from the Greek word Kaleo, which means “to call.”  This word is found in several different places in the New Testament, but one of the greatest places is found in Romans 8:30 – Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.  This verse speaks of the past, present, and future of our great salvation.  All Christians are “called” into the family of God.  Therefore, her name will literally be “called to grace.”  In the days to come, we will be able to teach her about the grace of God and instill into her heart sound biblical theology at the same time by teaching her the meaning of her name!

We are excited as we await the arrival of our daughter!  God has entrusted us once again with the responsibility of being parents to Kalli Grace.  It is my prayer that Kari and I will be God honoring and glorifying parents as we seek to raise our children faithfully in our present evil world.

For His Glory!

Pastor Josh Buice