An Advent Feast
During my travels in Texas, the conversation often turns to food. (Surprise, surprise). Once I start doing a bit of digging, I often find that people are serving up a heckuva lot more than BBQ.
For example, Bud the Pie Man creates an atmosphere where one can find bikers and bankers sitting down at Royers Round Top Cafe in Round Top, TX. Class lines become obliterated as Bud takes the parable of the banquet (Luke 14:12-14) literally by treating every one of his guests like they are a king.
I connected with Bud via Travis Reed from Works of the People, a singular individual who seems to have his fingers in a number of pastoral pies. While I was in Houston, he connected me with the crew at Sondays in Tomball, TX. As part of their weekly Sunday gatherings, volunteers prepare a meal that enable all to be fed prior to the service.
Also, while I was in Houston, I got to hang out a bit with Chris Seay, pastor of Ecclessia, who shared with me his reflections on hosting meals so that everyone can come to the table regardless of their ability to pay. In this video, Chris feasts on the grace of Jesus:
So what does your table look like this Advent Season? Do your guests resemble the kingdom of God or some cool Christian clique? Can everyone get fed at your table or does one have to pay in order to play and pray?