From the chair:
I smile every time I read this text, because the story astounds me, and because it will always be my favorite sermon I got to preach at Crossroads Bible Church. I don’t know if it was a good sermon, but it’s such a good word. I’ll just paste it here and let it speak for itself:
“36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”
41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, ‘Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.'”
“We know about the marriage supper of the Lamb, so we see an opportunity for our churches to be more like that.”
This morning, at the Evangelical Homiletics Society annual meeting, Dr. Al Mohler said this about immigration, and I thought this was a beautiful statement. What should we make of immigration? For one thing, we know about the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19), so we should see immigration as an opportunity for our churches to be more like that, to look more today like they will someday: one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all (Eph. 4).
“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.