food, travel, and faith

@[696483709:2048:Derek Maul] on Mount of Olives
from the Mount of Olives, 2012

As they sat down to eat, Jesus took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. – Luke 24:30-31

I have three brief items in today’s post; Islam, veal rolls, and the road to Emmaus. Enjoy – DEREK:

ISLAM FOLLOW-UP: First, I want to say “thank-you” for some of the excellent, thought-provoking, mutually respectful dialog that has emerged – so far – from yesterday’s post, A Few Thoughts on Islam, Christianity, and the Duke Controversy. Much of the conversation has come one-on-one, in person and via email.

The most important idea I want to keep front and center is the following: I believe that, outside of following Jesus, there is no “religious system” that effectively brings us to the heart of God, to a reconciled relationship with our Creator, and the sure promise of knowing God for eternity. Yes, I believe our Muslim brothers and sisters worship God – but I also believe they will only know God if they make the decision to follow Jesus.

IMG_7184FOODIE-ALERT! Next up: Yesterday was week two of my 2015 “Rebekah gets to pick a new recipe every week” initiative. She chose Involtini di Vitello, which is the Italian cook-book way of saying Veal Rolls.

Long story short, they were sumptuous! Essentially, I pounded the veal to an even thickness, seasoned it, trimmed the mortadella and the Bel Paese to size, inserted blanched asparagus spears, rolled and then tied the layers, rolled the concoction in seasoned flour, fried over a low heat until golden and tender, then made a Marsala reduction sauce before serving with fresh bread, good wine, and new potatoes.

I have to say, something that helps make cooking so much fun is the encouragement I receive from Rebekah. I hear stories about families where meals are taken for granted (and even criticized), and I can’t imagine working hard to prepare fabulous food and then receive no appreciation; no “thank-you;” no “I love that we can enjoy dinner together like this;” no sense that the family is even interested in what goes on in the kitchen.

Check out the “gallery” below for more pictures from the Friday’s Involtini di Vitello.

MEN’S BIBLE-STUDY: I’m pretty sure I’m going to be fleshing this out more in a few days, but this morning’s conversation around the “Road to Emmaus” story inspired and encouraged me in a number of ways.

Not exactly on the road to Emmaus, but close…

The most useful line of thought emerged in response to the fact that the two disciples didn’t even recognize Jesus until he broke the bread. How astute are we, we wondered, when it comes to paying attention to what God is up to, all the time and all around us?

We also noted that, had Jesus celebrated the resurrection with a big parade, standing in the city center in glory, for all to see, then it wouldn’t have required any faith at all to believe and to accept him. But no, what we’re involved in requires a decision to live for Jesus; commitment, and faith, and an indwelling of the Holy Spirit; being a disciple constantly requires the investment of our whole selves.

Happy Saturday, friends, I pray that I will see you in church tomorrow – DEREK

the meal prep – with notes:


6 thoughts on “food, travel, and faith

  1. Andres Esguerra

    Hey Derek,

    I read the quotes from Franklin Graham in that news article, and I have to say I am disappointed. I am thinking that judging all of Islam because of jidhad is like rejecting Christianity because of the inquisition. The big thing for me is that God calls us to love our brothers and sisters, and Jesus elaborates further that we ought to love our enemies. That includes the members and supporters of ISIS. Yes, Jesus is calling us to PRAY for THEM! That is pretty challenging! I also believe that He is not calling us to agree with their religion, and I see nothing wrong in refusing to use a Christian chapel to call out for Islam. I personally agree with this decision. We need to learn to love our Islam brothers, to pray for them, but there is no need to water down our Christian beliefs for them or anyone else. The reality is that Christianity is exclusive. Jesus tells us He is THE WAY – not one of the ways. But one of the fundamental differences between Christianity and jidhad is that Christianity does not tell us to kill but to love and pray for those who do not believe. Are we ready to add the members of ISIS to our prayer list?

    PEACE and GRACE!



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