The Chair and the Desk, 10/2/15

From the chair:

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.”

-Ephesians 2:19-21

One great challenge of faith is to believe that we are something we appear not to be, that we are what God calls us, that we are the household, the temple of God, where God dwells and is worshiped.

From the desk:

“Hence it is on the difference between hope and bodily reality that the wide open, future character of the Christian hope depends. The cosmic ideas of Christian eschatology are therefore not by any means mythological, but reach forward into the open realm of possibilities ahead of all reality, give expression to the ‘expectation of the creature’ for a nova creatio, and provide a prelude for eternal life, peace and the haven of the reconciliation of all things.”

-Jürgen Moltmann, Theology of Hope, 1967 english ed., pp.214-215

I’ve read too many authors lately who say, “Well, people don’t rise from the dead, so we’re not talking about Jesus rising from the dead, so what might ‘Jesus rose from the dead’ mean?” I prefer Moltmann’s approach here: People don’t rise from the dead, but Jesus rose from the dead, so what does that mean? It means that the future is not limited to what “people do,” and in that we have great hope.

“The chair” is the one Annie aptly chose for the corner of our living room, and it’s where I am committed to daily hearing from God’s Word–the Word I above all else hope to speak to others. “The desk” is the one by my coffee grounds and spare charger (if I get to the library early enough); it’s where I have the privilege of reading and thinking all day, where I intend to learn for others’ sake.

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