What's in a Name?

Business Name

 

We have based our business on the Scripture of Romans 14:8.  "If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord."


The name of our business TEKTON MILLWORKS, was carefully chosen after much research and prayer.  The Greek word tekton is a word meaning "builder" or "carpenter". Several translations of the Bible refer to Jesus and Joseph as tektons (Matthew 13:55, Mark 6:3). We felt like this was a fitting name for our business. As we strive to be more like Christ, we have chosen to also bear his earthly profession in our company name.


Logo

Our logo was also carefully chosen to reflect our Christian beliefts. The 8 spoked wheel has a deep rooted history in Christianity.  Most Christians know of the Fish symbol. In Greek IXOYE (Ichthus) is the word for  “fish.” For ancient Christians, though, it held deeper symbolism.


Iota is the first letter of the name Jesus in the Greek alphabet.

X, or Chi, is the first letter for “Christ.”

O, the letter Theta, is the first letter for the Greek term for God.

Y, or Upsilon, represents “Son,” and

E, or Sigma, is for Savior.


Together they form a creed-like phrase: Jesus Christ God’s Son Savior.


For many years following the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, the early Christians faced severe and sustained persecution. As a way of identifying themselves to one another upon meeting in a public place, one person would draw an arc on the ground in the dust. If the other was a follower of Jesus, they would complete the drawing with another arc forming the symbol of the fish. Now that you see how the fish sign connects to the word, “Ichthus,” consider yet another layer of mystery.


In Turkey, Israel, and other locations, in buildings and ancient roads, there are markers engrave that are known as the Christian Wheel and that some historians believe the Christian Wheel preceded the fish symbol as the secret sign to followers of Christ. The wheel contains the letters IXOYE superimposed so that the result looks like an eight-spoked wheel.


It is our passion to find simple, non-threatening ways to share Jesus with people who may not yet know Him and helping others to do the same.  The eight spoked wheel is simple design but filled with possibilities, as well as a daily reminder of the carpenter from Galilee.