Hyveth Williams

is a professor of homiletics at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.

This Name Thing

I’ve been thinking a lot about names. It started while autographing books, and realizing that one cannot assume to know how to spell today’s most common names. Parents give their children some of the oddest names; those that are made up (Michandraqueeta), signs of the times (Hashtag), fruit (Apple), to memorialize a special person (Tallulah), or the weather (Hurricane). This onomastic inventiveness may be irksome to some observers because apostrophes are placed where none is needed or because of ridiculous, unpronounceable symbols.

My given name, Hyveth, was made up by my mother. When I was a teenager living in …

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