From the chair:
“Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.”
This is one of my favorite verses, because it reminds me that if ministry sometimes feels like getting “poured out,” it doesn’t mean something’s gone wrong, and it also reminds me that the real meat of the matter is not pastors but the Church. Of course, pastors are a part of the Church. In fact, that’s exactly what we are: Not a stand-in for Christ, but part of the body of Christ that he formed and fills with his Spirit.
From the desk:
“Those who live in this psychological world think differently from those who inhabit a moral world. In a psychological world, we want therapy; in a moral world, a world of right and wrong and good and evil, we want redemption. In a psychological world, we want to be happy. In a moral world, we want to be holy. In the one, we want to feel good, but in the other we want to be good.”
-David Well, God in the Whirlwind, p.126
“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.