Tales from the Great Adventure

a journal of living-like-we-mean-it, by Derek Maul

It’s too easy to become complacent and remain wedded to “the way we’ve always experienced/done/understood…” But God’s love is not only new every morning, it’s radically transformative. We too readily resist God’s ongoing work in and through us.

We lose our bearings when we attempt to satisfy ourselves with what is counterfeit, false, and fundamentally unsatisfying. Here in the west we’re trained in excess, instructed to consume more, and misled by advertising designed to facilitate profit to the extent that we double down on the “more is better” philosophy. In consequence, we load up on what cannot satisfy, hoping that sheer volume will make the difference. But it never will.

this was also a subtle reminder that there’s always something to learn, new flavors to engage, ideas that we haven’t considered before. This is what we learn from people who are not like us, groups who make us nervous, other ethnicities, immigrants, folk we don’t usually associate with.

Here, as promised, is my latest “Blue Apron” recipe review – our second such meal this week. Friday evening I prepared the Spicy Shrimp Coconut Curry. This time I’m awarding the meal a grade of “B-minus,” having lost a few points for less-than-stellar directions. Once again, the flavor profile was excellent. I¬†have already learned a …

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First, a note to my readers: Posting in this blog is seldom an end to itself ; the writing that shows up in this space is usually part of a bigger picture that’s playing out in a new book I’m writing, a class I’m teaching, a conference I’m scheduled to speak at, or simply stuff …

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Here’s a simple question: How do you throw a successful dinner party? Well, the answer is fairly straightforward: Have amazing friends. After that, the rest is easy. Good food helps, of course. Great food is even better. The key ingredient, however, is people, and around here we have the absolute best. The logistics of how¬†Koinonia …

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I know, I know – “Tales from the Great Adventure” is supposed to feature “inspirational” posts, hooking in with the “adventure” lens through which I’m viewing (and experiencing) 2017. But believe me when I tell you that great food is most definitely inspirational, and taking food preparation beyond the mundane and uninteresting is always a …

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