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A Dispersed Assembly? (Part 4)

On Feasting As a Spiritual Discipline

January 22, 2021

Restrictions on gathering during the pandemic call for robust reflection on the church’s life together. That’s why Jay, Ryan, and Matt are investigating the theological and practical import of the physical gathering of the local church. This episode takes the theme in a slightly different direction than previous episodes in this series. Jay, Ryan, and Matt talk about the spiritual practice of feasting — not gluttony - but celebrating over a meal with friends. How does God work through such a practice? Is that even in the Bible? Tune in to find out. If you’re interested in this topic, check out some of these resources: - For an in-depth audio treatment of this topic, check out Mark Hampton’s Bespoken series on a theology of food [https://shows.acast.com/bespoken/episodes/food-for-thought-part-1] - For a deeper theological treatment of this topic in book form, see "The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection" by Robert Farrar Capon [https://smile.amazon.com/Supper-Lamb-Culinary-Reflection-Library/dp/0375760563] - For convicting and practical books on a related topic, hospitality, see Rosaria Butterfield’s "The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World" [https://smile.amazon.com/Gospel-Comes-House-Key-Post-Christian/dp/143355786X] and "A Meal With Jesus" by Tim Chester [https://smile.amazon.com/Meal-Jesus-Discovering-Community-Mission/dp/1433521369] Have questions or ideas for a future episode? Email them to bespoken@biblechurch.org. Bespoken is a weekly podcast by Pastors, Jay Thomas and Ryan McKee. Each week we cover spiritual topics and issues that will help you grow closer to God and deeper in Christ.

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