The Chair and the Desk, 11/23/15

From the chair:

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”

-James 5:7-8

This verse encouraged me before breakfast morning, again after lunch, again as I walked across campus, and again as I met with some outstanding members of our Church. This is our great hope: The coming of the Lord is at hand!

From the desk:

“Being known for faith, hope or love might be safer than a reputation for theological erudition. Still, all things considered, I’ll take ‘theology church’ over the ‘church that recycles batteries,’ the ‘church with the Xboxes in the youth wing,’ or the ‘church with the gnarly fog machine.'”

-Kevin DeYoung, “A Place for Truth” in The Pastor as Public Theologian by Strachan and Vanhoozer, p.98

I hope it’s ethical to quote a book this much this many days in a row. My intention is to say, “Here’s a bunch of writers who have way better thoughts than I do; I’m quoting them because they put these ideas in ways I never could” and also, if you’re a pastor or theologian, “buy the book!”

“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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