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Jesus and Food

14 September, 2004 7:01 PM

food.jpgAs part of our 'Food Spirituality Series' at LivingRoom (I have mentioned it here havn't I?) tomorrow night we're going to be taking a look at 'Jesus and Food'. When I started thinking about it earlier in the week I naively thought it would be a pretty simple and contained topic - but of course I should have known that nothing is that easy. This is one of those topics that gets bigger and bigger the more you pick at it.

Jesus talks about food (it permeates his parables) - he performs miracles with it (handy - you'd never have to pack a lunch with him as your mate) - he uses it to describe himself (bread of life) - he eats it (perhaps too much - described as a glutton and a drunk) - he prepares it for his disciples (fish on the BBQ on the beach) - he attends feasts (weddings, parties, anything) - he's tempted with it (stones into bread) - he teaches about it (fasting/cleanliness of food) - he got into trouble over it (he ate with the 'wrong people' constantly) - and he uses it to help his disciples to remember him (Last supper).

And that's just scratching the surface. Question remains - how does one tackle a topic this big in an evening? Hmmmm



The late Jeff Smith, who at one time was my favorite TV cooking personalities here in the U.S., was a United Methodist minister who got started by teaching a class on food and celebrations in the Bible. This led to a TV cooking program and the nickname "The Frugal Gourmet." At the height of his popularity, he had a line of kitchen accessories and his cookbooks were popular.

Tragically, Smith's career ended under a cloud, with personal allegations against him that were never formally resolved. He passed away earlier this summer.


John Carney » 14 September, 2004 9:43 PM

Personality. Sloppy editing on my part.

John Carney » 14 September, 2004 9:46 PM

how about talking about it over some fish and bread and white wine?

i'd possibly focus on one food item, or i'd just trow intot he group the post you just wrote and see what happened. that post for example might actually provoke a great discussion

one item could be bread, you could make some and talk about bread and jesus...

good luck :)

the other darren » 14 September, 2004 10:22 PM

Hmmm. We've already organised soup for the evening, but maybe fish, bread and wine would have been more appropriate!

Greg Restall » 15 September, 2004 9:40 AM

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