From the chair:
“Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”
Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
“Full atonement!” can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
-Man of Sorrows
From the desk:
“A man’s having much affection, does not prove that he has any true religion: but if he has no affection, it proves that he has no true religion.”
-Jonathan Edwards, The Religious Affections (Banner of Truth, 1994 ed.), p.50
In the English I use, Edwards is basically saying: Emotion does not prove that a person has faith, but a lack of emotion does prove a lack of faith. O God, save us from sterile, passionless religion. Fill us with living love and joy, the fruit of your Spirit!
“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.