The Chair and the Desk, 3/17/16

From the chair:

“Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” 

-Romans 6:8-11

Jesus’ is “the firstborn from the dead” (Col. 1:18), not just the first to be permanently raised back to life, not just the one who secures our resurrection back to life, but also the one who provides a resurrection to real life, actual life, true life. Yes, our funerals will not be the last word on our lives–we will be raised from the dead. Yet, we need not wait until that day, because even today Jesus allows us to leave behind our life for sin and walk in the newness of life for God. That way lies joy, and all we’ve been created to be–thank God!

From the desk:

“Zeal for doing, lust for action, leaves many a person, especially in this hurried and impatient human environment in which we live, with experience of an almost incredible paucity, all on the surface. No one experience has a chance to complete itself because something else is entered upon so speedily. What is called experience becomes so dispersed and miscellaneous as hardly to deserve the name. Resistance is treated as an obstruction to be beaten down, not as an invitation to reflection. An individual comes to seek, unconsciously even more than by deliberate choice, situations in which he can do the most things in the shortest time.” 

-John Dewey, Art as Experience (Perigree: 2005 ed.), p.46

This semester I’ve had to read a lot of philosophy, and one thing I’ve grown to appreciate about philosophers is that they want to help us “really live,” in one way or another. I like Dewey’s way in this quote, reminding us that if we simply rush from doing one thing to doing another thing, we will experience nothing.

“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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