Grace Anatomy: Out of the Fullness of the Heart

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-bq8hg-bc4614

Acts 2:42; 17:1-15

Rev Jennifer A G Layte

“The non-believing Thessalonian Jews didn’t actually care if the Bible and Paul’s teaching lined up with each other. They just didn’t want their own private gig, whatever that was exactly, to be threatened. And this same kind of thing is still happening today…The people opposing Paul in this passage (and in many other passages in Acts) were not, first and foremost, the surrounding pagan culture, but his own people.”

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Indecipherable

Back in the day, before we all forgot how to write by hand at all, it was common to hear a person laughing at their inability to read their own handwriting. Now almost no one can read almost anyone’s handwriting, but it rarely matters because we all type all the time.

I say, it rarely matters, because last week I put an item “to do” this week in my to-do list app on my phone, and while I can read the actual words just fine, I have no idea what it means.

Something’s not getting done today, folks.

Living for the Applause–in French

I was just telling the Pilgrimage‘s current Stepping Into the Story cohort about my tendency to long for everyone’s approval, preferably without having to do much to earn it.

Also, you may have noticed, the church I currently pastor now has a podcast of the (mostly my) sermons. I submitted the feed to apple podcasts for, well, approval, and yesterday I received it–inexplicably, in French. So happy to know my approval is now spanning language barriers.

Fortunately, I can read French. Also fortunately, if you were hoping to subscribe to the podcast and you yourself don’t know French, the podcast remains in English.

Grace Anatomy: Free Hugs

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-5crfd-bb316e

Acts 2:42-47

Rev Jennifer A G Layte

“It seems like fellowship is something we all instinctively want, but what is less instinctive is knowing quite what it is.”

Grace Anatomy: Blood Is Thicker Than Water

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-gkndj-bb30fa

Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29

Rev Jennifer A G Layte

“This week I’ve been reminded of Jesus’ words to His disciples that everyone would know they were His because of how they love each other. Usually when I think about that verse, I roll my eyes and say to myself, ‘Yeah, right. We’re so great at that.’ I think about this a lot in connection with that verse about everyone knowing who Jesus’ people are because they love each other. But this week that verse was presented to me a little differently—not as a description of what is but of what mustbe, almost like a command. Like, You will love each other, so the world will know the only possible way that could happen is because you’re My disciples.'”

Grace Anatomy: Getting on Jesus’ Nerves

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-hsw39-bb2fb6

Acts 2:42; 4:23-31

Rev Jennifer A G Layte

“It is prayer that makes the Church supernatural. Real prayer makes the people of God do things.”

 

Hark the Heralds

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-snpf3-bb2f41

Acts 1:6-14

Rev Jennifer A G Layte

“We actually get to help Jesus prepare the rooms.”

A whole bunch of metaphors get mixed in this sermon, but it all works out in the end.

Quality Human Reading Quality Book

This is Auntie Shelley. She is one of the most awesome people I know all by herself. She is also reading Favored One, which I feel is pretty awesome, too.

Be like Auntie Shelley.

The New English

Everyone’s all up in arms about the “new math” (which isn’t even that new anymore and seriously, if we don’t understand the new math–which I don’t–did we really understand the old?), but what about the New English.

Actually, not that new. The term “staycation” was coined in 2003 and for whatever reason it has bugged me so much that this is the first year I have ever used that term non-ironically…probably because we took one.

Now the new coinage I can’t get behind is “she shed.” She Shed? Why can’t she have a shed that’s just a shed? Why does it need to be distinguished from a shed in order for her to put whatever she wants into it? Why is this necessary.

I’d be okay with a shed, but give me at least 15 years before I start using that term…

Grudgingly Admits That YouTube Videos Actually Help Sometimes

I’m a crank, really. Back when I started blogging (on the blog previous to this one), all our current technology was still new enough that when I started working with teens at a church back in 2008, it was actually news to me that the kids would respond to texts more readily than email… (Insert wide-eyed stare transitioning to eyeroll here.)

I can say that I’ve moved on technologically a little since then, but I still prefer blogging (even though I rarely do it anymore) to either creating or watching or listening to videos or audio files. Actually, I take that back; I really like listening to podcasts, but I usually do that while I’m driving in my car, and then I want to comment on something and I can’t because I’m driving in my car, and it’s frustrating.

All that to demonstrate that even though I’ve been using social media for a long time now and also have an online ministry for crying out loud, I can be pretty resistant to moving ahead with progress and using these tools the way I’m supposed to. So, like, sometimes I still ask people how to do stuff or where to get stuff in my status on Facebook, even though I know. I’m supposed to google it. And if I do google it, I almost never click on the instructional videos–I want to read my directions.

Except I’ve been growing garlic for many years now, and I still haven’t figured out how to braid it, in spite of the fact that I have read directions regarding said activity once or twice. Some years I just give up and tie it all up with a hair tie and call it good. Today I finally gave in and watched an instructional video. I’d say I still need some practice, but I definitely learned some actual techniques, and kind of got into it after a while…

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