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The Greatest Name Philippians 2:5-11

The Greatest Name

The greatest name ever is not one which evokes power, but one which suggests humility.


Following the birth of a little girl, the mother bestowed on her a name above all names — one that has 1,023 letters. The name got the child into Guinness World Records. The name of God who came to earth as a mortal of flesh and blood was quite common, and 1,018 letters shorter than the record for the longest name. But the five-letter name is the greatest name ever.



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “The Unforgiven,” April 4, 1993.


What’s in a name?

Quite a bit actually, if you have a name like a 6-year-old girl who is known as Jameshawnnel or Jamie for short.

Her name has more than 1,000 letters in it, including the titles of movies, cars, countries and cities. It is an amalgamation of 100 shorter first names. It has 1,023 letters and two apostrophes. Her middle name has only 36 letters. Jamie’s name also includes the names of many of her relatives and words such as...

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