Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

What are we telling people when we take them a meal? The Responsible Father blog’s piece called “Seven Messages in Meals” explores that question. Taking meals to those who are sick or bereaved is a simple yet very meaningful act. It’s a demonstration of God’s love and concern. You can read the post here.


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Parmesan Cheese


Last time we baked a pizza, the parmesan cheese served as a reminder.

The pizza was cooked, sliced, and ready to be put on the plate. I retrieved the container of 100% grated parmesan cheese from the refrigerator in order to add it to the two slices on my plate. I opened the wrong side of the container and proceeded to dump nearly a quarter of grated goodness on the pizza and the plate.

It was a reminder that I still have a long way to go, not only in successfully operating a container of parmesan but also in my spiritual growth. Paul wrote of this in Philippians 3:12-14 –

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

P.S. Tonight was a different story. The parmesan cheese came out of the proper side of the lid this time!

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How can you know if a restaurant is any good?

I like to use what I call “the chicken Caesar Salad test.” If I go a place I’ve never been before, I’ll usually order a Caesar salad with grilled chicken. I order it because it’s fairly simple to make and is a good indicator of whether or not they prepare and serve good food. If the restaurant can do a decent job with Caesar Salad with grilled chicken, chances are good they’ll do well with everything else on the menu, too. If not – well, that’s another story.

I think there is a connection to churches, too. The Word of God – the Bible – is “the chicken Caesar Salad test” for whether or not a church is a good one – one you’d want to go back to. If the Bible is preached, and if it’s handled well, chances are high that everything else “on the menu” will be pretty good. If God’s Word is “rightly handled” (2 Tim. 2:15), most other things fall into place.

This method isn’t foolproof, of course, but it’s true far more often than not. Try it out yourself some time. See what happens.

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Anthony Bradley of World Magazine has an excellent post on our obsession with food, even as Christians. You can read it here. Bradley’s weakness is french fries, mine is M&M’s.

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