Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts. (Acts 2:46)
Time for a weekend foodie post! If you read me often you already know I’m a huge fan of good food. In fact, one of the challenges of working at home is the temptation to spend more time in the kitchen than is reasonable. The results, however, would yield less paid writing, more food posts, and significantly more Derek.
Rebekah and I enjoyed two food-worthy events yesterday, both involving unavoidable practical theology. First, Rebekah took my dad to see how her garden plot is doing; the answer – it’s spectacular. Then, we hosted our Wake Forest Presbyterian Koinonia dinner group; great food, even better people.
Our friend Larry – an expert horticulturist – has designated a plot of land out at his farm as “Rebekah’s Garden”. This week she came back fully loaded with potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, zucchini, blackberries and more.
I may be a good cook, and I may understand all the processing steps between farm and grocery store, but I really am – routinely – effectively out of touch with the food chain. So to see food on my kitchen counter, pulled from the dirt just minutes before, newly washed in the colander, evoked an almost spiritual sense of connection with the miracle of creation.
Creation that is ongoing, day-to-day, and accomplished hand in hand with God.
The fresh produce, then, turned into a dinner party, and I served my “nod to Tampa” Cuban-American hybrid feast of slow-cooked pork-chops, black beans on yellow rice, hot bread, and a medley of those fresh, succulent, vegetables. Our guests supplied salad and dessert, and I broke open a decent Merlot, a good Red Zinfandel, and then one spectacular blend (pictured in the gallery, below) that received rave reviews from our guests.
You see, the good things in life are always best experienced in community. The fresh produce, the great food, the relaxed evening… the vibrant, living faith.
Our conversation, ebbing and flowing over three hours, reflected, and then enhanced, the life of faith we are all committed to and working out in the context of Wake Forest Presbyterian Church – WFPC. It wasn’t a formal – “on the church calendar” – meeting, but the substance of our gathering was as Acts 2:46 as it gets:
Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts.
We shared the bread; we shared the wine; and – most certainly – we shared our glad and generous hearts. – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.