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
The Apostle Paul encouraged the Greek speaking Hebrews to “Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. But also do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Today we dive
Epiphany on January 6 is a time when the Church celebrates the arrival of the Magi (Wisemen) in Jerusalem seeking the one born “King of the Jews.” It comes at a time long after the rest of our culture has put away the Christmas Season. But we are told that these pagan astrologers came seeking light amidst a time of gr