Context

Days like yesterday I love having animals. It’s like after a long day of fighting with technology here is something that is just squishy. And wants dinner.

This week has also seen a lot of stuffing envelopes, so I have been continuing working my way through my podcast queue. I’ve finished Welcome to Night Vale and the sermons from my home church (well, at least until there are new ones), so I started on the sermons from a friend’s church. She recommended it to me because she thought I would really like her church, but she lives too far for me to visit her church, so podcast it is!

And while she was right, I am thoroughly enjoying the messages her pastor is teaching, that is not what is sticking out to me the most. The church is located in Los Angeles, and even if you sat down to listen to these sermons and hadn’t read the title, you could guess where the pastor is preaching. I’m also reading a theology book that was written in 1930 and the tone is one that you can tell this book was written after World War I and before World War II. Both the podcasts and the book have more to say than their place in the world or history, they are teaching excellent theology, but both are so much richer when taken in context to where/when they were written/spoken.

Some of the most amazing experiences of my life have been opportunities to see fellow believers worshiping in other parts of the world, or even locally but from a different style of worship. I hope I never lose the feeling of amazement that we are all worshiping the same Lord.

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Welcome to Night Vale & Almost Human

The last couple weeks at the office have seen significant chunks of time where I am clearing out spam email from the worse email provider ever (really, seriously, how does this company stay in business!? ahem) and stuffing envelopes. Normally I spend this time plugged into headphones in one ear listening to a sermon and the other ear keeping aware if someone is at the door.

Recently I decided to get adventurous and check out podcasts, and a fb friend posted that they liked ‘Welcome to Night Vale’, so I decided to check it out. …This afternoon I finished all the episodes.

This is a such a strange, morbid, creepy, and hilarious series. I caught myself more than a few times snickering while at the office, appreciating that probably no one heard me. The storytelling is definitely written from a worldview that is not my own, which is the best way I could think of describing it.  I would give it a PG-13 rating. And it is just odd…there are loose story threads throughout the series, but for the most part it’s just random. I found it to be a pleasantly creepy distraction while stuffing many, many envelopes.

In other fiction: Almost Human. So…it’s basically Fringe with robots and McCoy. I can appreciate that. While not as purely *fun* as Agents of Shield, I think it has potential to be a good story.