Well, it's official.
Rocco Henry Warfield Van Voorst is the name of the baby boy due Oct. 31, 2015.
Here's a little background on the name selection:
Simon Bar Jonas was the disciple Jesus Christ renamed Peter or "Rock."
I love Peter, his rawness, his boldness, his repentance after failure, his persistence, his passion, his faith, his works, his life, his death.
Rocco literally means "rest." I love the idea of rest, of being at rest in Christ, of striving ceasing, of that final Sabbath Rest that awaits us all in Christ at His coming and Kingdom.
I love the Hebrew war cry "Rak Chazak Amats" and while not a direct derivative, I like that it sounds like the beginning of that ancient call to manliness and playing the man, being strong and courageous, being a man and fighting for things worth fighting for and dying for things worth living for.
Also of those who wore the name well, St, Rocco, a saint born with the mark of a cross on his person and a life of serving Jesus, the poor, the sick, the needy and humbly accepting and persevering under false accusations and imprisonments.
Easy, it's my middle name.
But more than that it literally means "head of the household" from "haim" which means 'home' and "rik" which means 'ruler.' So it is a charge and encouragement to be the head of the household as a federal husband, like Jesus, taking responsibility for those under his care and leveraging all his God-given and mandated strength to serve, provide and protect those for whom he bares responsibility.
It is a call to complementarianism and the roles of men and women as designed and commanded by God and godliness.
B.B. Warfield is a dead, white, reformed theologian which in my book is a great start to an eternal friendship. I read a book last year summarizing essays, sermons and books written by Warfield on the Christian Life.
I also have a feeling that within my childrens' respective lifetimes the spiritual battle and war in both the physical world and the world of ideas and doctrine will be waged fiercely.
2 Corinthians 10:5-6
5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 6 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
I am praying for sons that fight courageously the good fight and agonize over the good agony, spending themselves for that which will endure them and outshine them for their benefit forever and ever, that is the glory of God revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, our Lord! I am praying my sons help DESTROY wolves and false teachings to the protection of the flocks over which they are given influence.
I am very excited to meet my newest son and tell him about his name and the God who will one day rename all of those found eternally in His Son. (REV 2:17)