I can remember the headline like it was yesterday, “President Bush Vomits on the Japanese Prime Minister.” But, I mean, that’s not the kind of the thing you see in the newspaper every day.
But it’s not the first and certainly will not be the last historical moment at the dinner table. Supposedly the pack between Britain and Russia was sealed over a meal between Churchill and Stalin. Did you know that the last dinner on the Titanic was a whopping ten courses? Ed Catmull, the founding leader of Pixar, revealed that the idea of this innovative filmmaking company was written out on the back of a restaurant napkin.
We all know Jesus’ most famous meal, shared with the disciples in the hours leading up to his arrest.
Theologically, the breaking of bread was a critical feature of Jesus’ ministry. He shared a table with the religious leaders while later sharing courses with tax collectors. In many ways, the Last Supper is an extension of Jesus’ ministry of radical inclusiveness through the medium of plates and cups.
“Living a table life cultivates a series of habits that create a holistic approach that helps you become more aware of the presence of Christ in your life and the lives of those around you,” said Greg Mamula on the CBF Podcast Conversation.
We sat down with Mamula, author of “Table Life: An Invitation to Everyday Discipleship, who also serves as the associate executive of the American Baptist Churches of Nebraska, to discuss the revolutionary opportunities presented by sharing a meal with others.
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Andy Hale is the creator and host of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Podcast. Hale is the Associate Executive Coordinator of CBF North Carolina. He’s also served as CBF’s Church Start Specialist, the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton, and the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge. Follow on Twitter @haleandy.