Welcome to de Verbo vitae!


de Verbo vitae is the repository for the spiritual writings of Ethan R. Longhenry, primarily featuring articles, both long and short form, sermon outlines, and links to other resources.


Ethan R. Longhenry currently serves as the evangelist for the Venice church of Christ in Los Angeles, California. He is married to his wife Sarah and they have four children. Ethan received a Bachelor of Arts in Hebrew & Semitic Studies and Classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He remains fluent in Classical Hebrew, Koine Greek, and Classical Latin, is familiar with Biblical Aramaic, and has studied Classical Syriac and epigraphic Hebrew, Moabite, and Phoenician. Ethan previously served as an evangelist for churches in Illinois and Texas and most recently the church of Christ in Norwalk, Ohio.

Ethan has written Churches of the New Testament and A Study of Denominations. He also is the author of the Spirital Manna devotional and writes a monthly column for those under 30 for Truth Magazine.

Ethan’s faith story can be found here.


de Verbo vitae is Latin for “concerning the Word of life,” as seen in 1 John 1:1-2:

That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we beheld, and our hands handled, concerning the Word of life (and the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare unto you the life, the eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us).

I am not nor have ever been Catholic, but I learned Latin while in middle and high school, and have always appreciated the value of Latin. The message is appropriate, for this website is designed to provide encouragement in the written Word of God found in Scripture as well as in following the incarnate Word of God manifest in Jesus. Thus, all things on this website are designed to speak concerning the Word of life.


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