Dear Pleasant Woman on the Hotel Shuttle Returning Home to Seattle Yesterday Morning,
When I told you I had been to your fair city before, I was not lying–I actually spent four or five days there in 2012. So I apologize that immediately after telling you that, I proceeded to describe the time I visited Portland, by mistake. I do know the difference. Usually.
When you are staying in a hotel suite on someone else’s dime, and you are sautéing vegetables, and you like them to be a little charred for the sake of caramelisation…
…don’t forget that you are not at home and, should the smoke detector in your room go off, you will likely have two entities, both the hotel and the people who are paying for you to be there, if not also the fire department and some irritated fellow-guests, to answer to.
I was going to leave you all imagining that this actually happened, but it only almost did. That’s because I’m a pro at Jenn Stories by now. And so here is my tip. You’re welcome.
“One day, Church, we will see Jesus face to face with nothing between us, and ironically that’s when we’ll be fully transformed into His mirror image. That’s when we will know Him and love Him with the complete and fulfilled love that He has always had for us.”
This is a “family meeting” sort of sermon, and unfortunately our usual sound recorder was not available this Sunday. This left Pastor Jenn with the quandary of whether to leave this sermon off the podcast altogether, due to its congregation-specific nature, to upload a very echo-y and not always easy to understand recording from an iPhone which was positioned behind the speakers, or to re-record herself simply reading the sermon at a later date.
Although the sound quality is terrible, the option to share the live recording has been chosen, because the sermon itself is important to the life of our church, and something of the message will be lost in an after-the-fact read-through. That said, while as usual anyone is welcome to listen (or try to listen) to this message, if Central Baptist Church is not your home congregation, this one may be less apropos to you, and as it’s kind of a lot of work to understand what’s being said in some spots, you may quite understandably wish to excuse yourself from this “episode”! On the other hand, if Central Baptist is your home church, a listen is probably worth the effort.
Long-time blog- and real-life-friend, Jeff, currently doing some great work over at the Faith-ing Project. He’s got some books on Amazon, too, so it was really nice of him to take the time to go over to the Favored One page and say this:
Also, even longer-time friend, and I guess you could say international, friend, Jayne Bazeley, messaged me over the weekend and said,
Hi Jenn! I just finished Favored One. I saved it until I got back from Summer Camp so that I could really enjoy it. Which I did, very much. Using the proper Hebrew names for people and places helped to see the familiar story with fresh eyes. C.S.Lewis would have approved Really really good. Thank you.
Thank you, Jayne.
You can also help with the reviews. And if you’re anywhere close to local, I hope you’ll come to the Sanctuary at Woodville on 28 September for my book launch/signing. Excerpts, Q&A, and books. With me writing my name in them. Christmas is coming, and a book about Mary the mother of Jesus might be just the right gift.
“A truly ‘saved soul’ will look different—not only by telling people they’re sinners who need Jesus to escape Hell, but by reflecting a different way of viewing and responding to the world—a restorative, reconciling, life-giving way. The gospel is not summed up by the Four Spiritual Laws, helpful as those may sometimes be, but was summed up by Jesus Himself to the crowds: ‘Repent [turn from your old life and trust in Jesus], for the Kingdom of God is at hand [live like you have a different King]!'”
“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.”