The Chair and the Desk, 12/8/15

From the chair:

Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.

-3 John 5-8

We are not all called to all things, but as the Church, we sometimes get to participate in the things that others lead. We get to be “fellow workers for the truth,” which first sounds like taking credit for someone else’s hard work until we remember that it is all God’s work, that God has done it all, and that being a “fellow worker” is all grace, all the way down.

From the desk:

“It is an unspeakable blessing to know what is truth, and where it may be found. This is the great pursuit. Men seek it here and there, but it is found only in God and his word, in all the senses mentioned.”

-Charles Hodge, “Thy Word is Truth” in Princeton Sermons, p.9.

I think this will be the epigraph for my final paper, no matter where it leads. In the 19th c., the whole seminary would get together on Sunday afternoons to set aside the classroom decorum and roles, to care for the students’ souls rather than brains for a bit. This is from President Charles Hodge’s notes for one of these afternoons, and it still reflects the great hope of many who labor here, many years later.

“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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