The Chair and the Desk, 11/19/15

From the chair:

“19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”

-James 1:19-21

Schools–seminaries in particular–would probably benefit from painting this on the wall of every classroom over Thanksgiving break–the #1 benefit would probably be getting Alex Kato to talk less and listen more.

From the desk:

“We can refuse to relegate ourselves into hate as a result of what happened this week. We can refuse. We can refuse to be the ones that transmit fear around this country; we can say ‘No, we’re going to transmit faith around this country.'”

-Rev. Nick Korir, “Price Tag, One Sacrifice.”

I couldn’t listen to sermons from France, Lebanon, or Syria this week (because I don’t speak French or Arabic), but I can go back and listen to what Kenyan pastors preached last Easter, just three days after the Garissa University College attack. I was encouraged by this sermon from Rev. Nick Korir of Nairobi Chapel.

“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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