My Crock-Pot Is Not About Me
Every Friday night we invite students over to our house for Dinner and Bible-based discussion. Hands down it's my favorite part of the week.
Students eating together, cheering one another on, and looking to Jesus in the midst of hard questions. It's so good.
Last week we had questions such as:
“What do you do if someone you know is in an abusive relationship?”
“Where did Jesus go before he was resurrected?”
“Is there only one interpretation of the Bible?”
As much as I hate to say it, Christians sometimes stick their heads in the sand when it comes to hard issues. We hem and haw and just practice avoiding it all together.
But the reality is that there are people asking questions. Both believers and non-believers. There are people trying to figure out what they believe about God. And we can't keep avoiding the questions.
Now, obviously, we aren't going to be know it alls. There will be times when we have to say "I don't know" and that's okay so long as it's followed up by "Let's find out together"
There are questions each week that stump me, that push me outside of my comfort zone. But there is this giant stack of books that sits in the middle of the floor and an iphone in every hand. And so we all study together.
Over bowls of chili and taco soup, with cookies on the counter and questions in our heads, we try to figure it out. We dig through commentaries and shout out Greek words. We ask follow up questions and play devil's advocate.
This is the hem and haw that we should strive for. The back and forth of friends trying to best see the character of God.
Last week we had Pesto Chicken from the amazing Picky Palete. Pop on over to her site for the recipe!
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Angi loves Jesus, coffee, baseball and baking cakes. She is a missionary to college students and can't think of anything she'd rather do to serve God. Angi first met the Lord while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa but really understood His love and grace as a freshman in college. Her heart is to invest in college students in the same way that many others invested in her. You can find her blogging over at Stuff Angi Does where she tells stories about Jesus, college students, and life. You can also find her on facebook, twitter, pintrest and instagram.
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11/14/2013 09:43:17 pm
oh my, the title of this post really got me! You know...because I love my crock pot! ha! But I really loved the message that true community can be formed around something as simple as a meal. God uses even the simplest means to draw others to him!
Teens are terrific, aren't they? They can get such a bad rap in the press, but they can be delightful and thoughtful company. I imagine they are mightily blessed by your Friday nights! What generation changing work you are doing.
11/15/2013 04:21:00 am
That title caught my eye! I love using the crock pot and your post is encouraging. Have a great weekend!
This is so pertinent for us all, for me, not just students. Far too often, I look something up as I am curious and want to know, but I DO NOT ASK enough questions or am not asked enough questions...for my head is often in that sand and I want it that way because I am afraid of giving the wrong answer. This is a great reminder that I should never be afraid for the Holy Spirit will guide me.
Yes! Love this. The questions are vital. We must not be afraid. Love everything about this, and I miss being a part of this type of gathering. We moved recently, so I'm all out of sorts, but I know I'll find a new group to gather with soon. Thanks for sharing :)
11/11/2015 01:22:20 pm
Crock pots are good for so many things! :) Isn't it true that the answer is better remembered when the student finds it themselves? Best wishes to you and yours.
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