Unrealistic expectations that we place upon ourselves or others can kill the spirit of any good natured party. In our scripture story today, we encounter Martha and her sister Mary. Martha served, while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, feasting on his every word. And Martha’s attitude turns sour toward her sister. Jesus encourages us to keep our focus on him and our expectations simple as we serve others. As we live within Jesus’ expectations for us, we will
In our tradition, we believe that God is constantly at work around us, inviting us to join in. Sometimes that invitation comes as a party with friends, sometimes it is to have lunch with an elementary school student who could use a positive adult role model, sometimes it is to travel overseas to serve the poor. Regardless, when we accept that invitation, the kingdom of heaven bursts out before us. But one thing is true about the invitation…while everyo
Sometimes Jesus asks us to step into impossible situations with limited resources and experience. That certainly was the case when our mission team went to San Pedro Sula, Honduras to minister with New Hope Opportunities. New Hope Opportunites is a school and community center that ministers to the poorest of the poor in one of the mos
Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure attending a few wedding receptions. Guest lists are painstakingly created. The menu is carefully selected. And a chart seats the most important folks closest to the bride and groom. All very typic
Enculturation is the process of becoming so in tune with one’s culture that we act without asking questions why, what, or how much. As American’s we’ve become captives of a consumerist culture that lulls us to eat more than we should and not what we should. Indeed, many of us Supe
At mealtimes when our kids were younger, we had a rule that they had to take a “No Thank You Bite.” This was especially true while sharing meals at other people’s homes. We had two reasons for this: You never know when you might like what you try or if you didn’t like it, then at least you gave it a shot and could po
Throughout our sermon series, Feast, we’ve been learning about how Jesus often reveals himself to us through our mealtimes with others. This week, we see how God indeed uses a banquet to give Queen Esther courage and strength to ask her husband, King Xerxes, to save her Jewish people from genocide. It’s a wonderful story which challenge
Elijah was an Old Testament prophet on the run because he shared a very unpopular word from the Lord to the King and Queen. God sent him to a poor destitute widow for refuge and rest. When Elijah arrived at her house she struggled to know how she would provide for this strange guest let alone her own family.
The story of Ruth and Boaz is truly extraordinary. Though Jesus isn’t mentioned, I believe that he is fully present as Boaz creates a space at his table for the foreigner Ruth and her destitute mother-in-law Naomi. Indeed, God shows up when they make room for each other, break bread, and share their lives.
When our children were small, my wife and I used to tell them at dinnertime, “You get what you get and you don’t pitch a fit!” Ever hear that one? Well do you ever get “hangry” when you are hungry and what is served doesn’t quite match up to your expect