Welcome to my blog - New Testament Greek Geek! My primary aim with this site is to provide valuable tools and information regarding biblical studies. In our fast pace society, new topics and conversations about the Bible are springing forth daily. I hope to engage both new and old topics through essays, book reviews, and ramblings. Futile debates and quarrels regarding theological/doctrinal viewpoints are not advocated here. My prayer is that this blog would provide edification and encouragement for its readers and advance the cause of Christ.

Monday, December 18, 2017

December 18, 2017 Pt 2

Some planned things for tomorrow:

5:30AM–6:30AM – Outdoor run
8:45AM–4:45PM – Work (DePaul Community Resources)
5:00PM–8:00PM – Uber
8:00PM–9:30PM – Favorite TV show with wife and dinner (while I study my French and German!) 

December 18, 2017

Life happened as well as a blog hiatus. I'm back, though. One week 'til Christmas; two 'til New Years. I'm usually scrambling to set New Years resolutions by this time to improve my life situation. This time around there'll be a little of that but I've managed to keep track with my goals and daily routines. Regardless, new beginnings do help fuel me. It's nice to think it's going to be a new year in two weeks. I can reflect on the previous year––failures, successes, setbacks, leaps forward, goals met, goals unmet, and goals almost met. My school was placed on hold and that saddened me. I don't see that as a failure but rather a temporary setback. Life had other plans for me to grow this year and that excluded my school attendance. I'm so close to finishing but it was not right for me to attend this year. My concentration was funneled into my faith, marriage, family, health, and job this year. On top of everything, my wife and I started our very own business: Covert Op Films. It's embryonic but it still happened and it's been a blast. Film is a passion of mine and few things please me more than finding creative ways to film. I'm still mulling over the year and will discuss it in more detail later. For now, it feels good to blog again and I hope to continue using this therapeutic tool! 

Saturday, April 8, 2017


I’m going through the basics of German while simultaneously learning theological terms. If anyone can recommend free online sources let me know (jjcovert@liberty.edu)! Right now I’m working through Memrise’s Academic Theological German: NT Vocab. I’m hitting the basics hard and should be through April Wilson’s Quickly German in a few weeks to a month. I’ve changed the language on my phone to Deutsch. My settings screen looks like this:

Friday, April 7, 2017

New Job!

I work for DePaul Community Resources now. It’s an excellent company with such rewarding work. I’m a home mentor providing services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This job couldn’t have come in a more timely manner. My hours tend to be Mon-Fri 845AM–245AM but sometimes they vary. After work today I cleaned the house I practiced German and did some dissertation research. Always trying to kill two birds with one stone:

Also sollen auch die Männer ihre Weiber lieben wie ihre eigenen Leiber. Wer sein Weib liebt, der liebt sich selbst.
Denn niemand hat jemals sein eigen Fleisch gehaßt; sondern er nährt es und pflegt sein, gleichwie auch der HERR die Gemeinde.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Luke's Lord's Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer: Luke 11:2b-4

This morning I read Luke 11. This chapter contains Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer. It’s different from Matthew’s version. What differences can you detect?

Luke 11:2b–4 (ESV)
2b “Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread,
4 and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”

Matthew 6:9b–13 (ESV)
9b “Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

NFL Game

I'm not really a sports guy but Thursday night I attended my first NFL game. My wife's uncle is an NFL referee so he was able to get us free tickets to see the Dolphins play the Bengals in Cincinnati. My favorite part of the game was watching Bruce ref. He started out refereeing the peewees but aspired to go to the top. We rode down with my in-laws who are dedicated Dolphin fans. Even if you don't like sports it's a fun experience. You immediately have a connection with anyone wearing your team's jersey. Here's a couple pics from the game: 

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Move

Exactly one week ago we were moving. We moved from Wake Forest to Thaxton (basically Bedford), Virginia. We’re living with my parents for a couple months to save money until we get our own place in Lynchburg. Lots of friends showed up for the move. I’m eternally grateful for their sweat and tears as we labored together. Not even a week later Ashley found out she got hired at Depaul Community Resources as a specialist for foster care. The next day I got hired at Liberty University as an Academic Advisor for online students. We’re so thankful for pieces coming together. It’s easy to stress over the unknown. We want to security. We want comfort. The Christian faith requires patience, waiting, and trusting!

Last Friday (June 10th!)
The next day at our new home! Put to work immediately :)