Feast Yourselves: a prayer

  God beyond all our gods Lord of lords You offer us life’s bread crusty     warm     yeasty     buttered     dark– as healthful as good– and we gum day old white; in the midst of Your banquet we nibble away at the same Old Kraft cheese sandwich There is…

Two more reviews

Two more reviews of Eating Heaven. Fellow Baptist and good friend Darren Cronshaw has reviewed the book for The Missional Network. You can read his words here. And Wendy Rush over at the South Australian Rise Magazine has also been generous in the February issue. ‘ … an easy, revealing and thoroughly enjoyable read about our place…

Pastorchef!

Though church ministers do all sorts of odd things, it’s not often they get to host cooking demonstrations. You gotta love this job! Just yesterday, as part of the Feast•Pray•Love art exhibition and the wider Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, I got to foist my minimal cooking expertise on some unsuspecting folks at Collins Street’s…

A restaurant shepherd

A few years back I had the pleasure of meeting Esther Lou, a Chinese-American woman who has a ministry to kitchen workers in the Chinese restaurants of Los Angeles. She calls herself a ‘restaurant shepherd’. Industry statistics tell of more than 1 million immigrant labourers working in some 42,000 Chinese restaurants in the US.  According…

Feast or famine?

Last week I attended Mass at St Francis here in the city. It was not a planned thing. I just happened to be in the neighbourhood. It’s a familiar place. In fact, I used to take my students there each year. In an introduction to spirituality, we visited several churches of various brands, St Francis included. I…