The Chair and the Desk, 10/30/15

From the chair:

“If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, we also will deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful–
for her cannot deny himself.” 

-2 Timothy 2:11-13

This passage was in my Bible reading plan this morning, and it reminded me: God follows through on his offer, follows through on his reward, follows through on his warning, follows through on his mercy. Let us follow the God who follows through.

From the desk:

“Who is the man who to know himself first wishes to disregard the fact that he belongs to God, that he exists because he stands in relation to the work of God, that he lives for the glory, under the lordship and in the service of God? Who is the man who thinks he can disregard all this? Real man cannot disregard it. Only a phantom man thinks that of himself he can know himself.”

-Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics III/2, T&T Clark study ed., p.75

“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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