The Chair and the Desk, 11/20/15

From the chair:

Lord, you have been our dwelling place 
in all generations. 
Before the mountains were brought forth, 
or ever you had formed the earth and the world, 
from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 

-Psalm 90:1-2

Though life and the world may change, God does not. As Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”


From the desk:

“The solution is not to abstain from technology. This is not only impractical but also wrong. God used the technology of the cross to accomplish the greatest possible good, and he continues to use human technology to alleviate some of the consequences of the fall and to advance his kingdom. Technology can be a blessing from God and an integral aspect of serving him. Yet the dangers inherent in technology require the same solutions that James gives us regarding the things of this world in general: humility, submitting to God’s law (the second and the fourth commandments are especially relevant to technology), and drawing near to God in prayer, because prayer is in many ways the opposite of technology.”

-Jim Samra, “A Practical Theology of Technology,” in The Pastor as Public Theologian (Strachan and Vanhoozer, 2015), p.68


“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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