We Will Feast: Rethinking Dinner, Worship, and the Community of God

We Will Feast: Rethinking Dinner, Worship, and the Community of God


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Explores the practice of eating together as Christian worship

The gospel story is filled with meals. It opens in a garden and ends in a feast. Records of the early church suggest that believers met for worship primarily through eating meals. Over time, though, churches have lost focus on the centrality of food— and with it a powerful tool for unifying Christ’s diverse body.

But today a new movement is under way, bringing Christians of every denomination, age, race, and sexual orientation together around dinner tables. Men and women nervous about stepping through church doors are finding God in new ways as they eat together. Kendall Vanderslice shares stories of churches worshiping around the table, introducing readers to the rising contem­porary dinner-church movement. We Will Feast provides vision and inspiration to readers longing to experience community in a real, physical way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802876300
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 185,979
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kendall Vanderslice is a writer and baker who studies the intersection of food and theology. She holds an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University and a Masters of Theological Studies from Duke Divinity School. She has written for Christianity Today, Christ and Pop Culture, Religion News Service, and Fathom. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with Strudel, her big-eared beagle named Strudel.

Table of Contents

Foreword D. L. Mayfield ix

Introduction 1

1 On Delight: The Gospel as a Story of Meals 11

2 On Beginnings: The Early Church 23

3 On Loneliness: Saint Lydia's 37

4 On Dirt: Garden Church 50

5 On Neighbors: Southside Abbey 63

6 On Rest: Root and Branch 76

7 On Membership: Potluck Church 90

8 On Feasting: Community Dinners 104

9 On Going: Sycamore Creek 115

10 On Transformation: Table of Mercy 126

11 On Resurrection: Simple Church 138

12 On Unity: One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church 150

Epilogue 166

Acknowledgments 171

Notes 173

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