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Breaking Bread

Can eating with someone be a political or spiritual act?

I’ve tried to give up eating at fast food restaurants, for instance, because I’m not sure it really lines up with what I believe about our world. Eating at a fast food restaurant isn’t necessarily bad, but you make trade offs. You gain convenience and a low price for a system that can pay people very low wages and cheapen the price of food. Plus, fast food restaurants are intended for quick transactions – they are not always good locations for community and conversation.

Eating at a locally owned business isn’t necessarily good either. How do they treat their workers? What kind of values do they espouse? I’m not suggesting you interview your restaurant, like the sketch above from season one of Portlandia, but even something like eating ends up saying something about who we are and what we value. Our actions help shape the community we live in.

Jesus knew how eating was more than just an isolated bit of consumption. He used eating to make big points about who God was interested in. Sitting down and dining with tax collectors, people with skin diseases, and outcasts was a way for him to share his values. Jesus had come for the sick, not the healthy.

Jesus’ actions also permeated the movement that would follow after him. Early Christians and on throughout the centuries continue to celebrate agape feasts, the Lord’s supper, and community meals. Sure, everyone has to eat, but those meals took on different significance as they became ways to point to a new kind of community, where young and old, poor and rich, woman and man, outcasts and accepted sat as equals and tasted God’s abundant love.

My dream is that our politicians and our community leaders would sit down to meals like that more often. My hope is that churches, like the Table, might rediscover this mealtime as a way to build bridges and relationship with folks who seem different from one another. My desire is that we all see how we eat, when we eat, and what we eat as part of our spirituality, as part of who we are.

Heads up – tonight at East Dallas Christian Church, we celebrate Maundy Thursday, remembering Jesus’ last supper with his disciples through song, word, and food. Come join us. 6:30 PM in the Great Hall.


Hypnotic

Hypnotic Donuts is rad

It’s Holy Week, so I like to image things that might fill in the spaces between Jesus’ journey and work around Jerusalem. Maybe he was excited to head to Jerusalem because he planned on dropping by a favorite bread maker to get that special baked good for the big dinner on Thursday night. Heck, he might have even needed to wait in line, but it was all worth it. The (unleavened) bread was that just that good.

Fast forward to the present, I think Jesus would¬† have to drop by Hypnotic Donuts on his way through town. It’s that good. It’s worth waiting in line for, and their business model and vibe is fun and pleasant. If they were open on Easter, I’ve contemplated bringing in an assortment of donuts to kick start our resurrection celebration. Nothing says Easter like bacon topped donuts. (They aren’t open, by the way. Good for them!) Maybe this week, if you haven’t already tried it, go break bread with these cool people.

I’ve only been in Dallas a little over 3 years now, but even in that short time, the excitement and energy building in some of our neighborhoods has been tremendous. Over here by White Rock Lake, good restaurants are popping up. Greenville Ave is doing well too, and places like the Taco Joint, Bryan Street Tavern, and Pizza Lounge hold the fort down around the church. It’s a good time to be in Dallas.

One of my personal hopes of any community I am a part of is that we do our part to support the local in our neighborhoods. Our pub ministry does just that, especially on a night that is usually not so busy for lots of businesses. We get our usual Sunday donuts from SK Donuts, owned by a caring, joyful family of Korean immigrants. We want to do more with our neighborhood artists. We want to be present at our neighborhood festivals. We don’t want to stay behind our walls.

During this Holy Week then, get out and bless someone. Eat somewhere good. Enjoy the neighborhood in the midst of this sacred week.


Support a Local Artist!

From Palm SundayOne of the members of the Table, Jo Myers, will be at Lakewoodstock this weekend, selling and showing some of her work. What a great opportunity to support a local artist, especially one as cool as Jo. Jo did a lot of work with us through our Lent and Easter seasons, setting some of the atmosphere and tone as we gathered in worship (see pic). She is definitely gifted.

Her note is below.

I would like to invite you to my first art show at Lakewood Stock Festival. I will be selling some of my latest ceramic designs!

THIS Sunday, May 15, 12-8pm. Check at the details at: www.Lakewoodstock.com

I’ll be in the Artist Area near BBVA Compass Bank. Hope to see you there!


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