The Chair and the Desk, 12/2/15

From the chair:

Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

-John 3:9-17

Our God is so good to break into our world and help us, forgive us, lead us, and protect us!

From the desk:

“…things change. This is why the church cannot simply repeat what has been said and done in the past. To repeat the same words in a new situation is in fact to say something different. The challenge is not to resist change so much as to change in a way that would be faithful to, even though different from, Christian beginnings.”

-Kevin Vanhoozer, The Drama of Doctrine, p.89

In The Drama of Doctrine, which you can buy here (paper) or here (digital), Kevin Vanhoozer suggests a theater metaphor, in which Scripture is the script, the Triune God is both primary actor and participating audience, and we act out Act 4 with God based on Acts 1-3 that have come before and Act 5, which we await. One of the ways this metaphor really helps is to show how the present must improvise as it remains faithful to what has come before, as an essential part of remaining faithful to what has come before.

“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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