This page and the corresponding blogs are dedicated to building a bigger table within the Christian community. For “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…” (Ephesians 1:3). We need not only accept that God’s kingdom is vastly and radically diverse but that we are all sitting at the same table! All blessed with spiritual gifts and brought into this kingdom through Christ. Whether we recognize or accept that as truth, all people are welcome at God’s table and the diversity of belief is welcome too.
At this table:
- Women can lead and teach
- Men are free to be creative
- LGBTQ Christians are embraced
- Minorities are our teachers
- Introverts have a voice
- Disabilities are seen
At this table we also:
- Take Scripture very seriously but don’t weaponize it against one another.
- Are committed to reach across our differences to discover our commonalities. (One big one: Jesus)
- Submit to one another not out of our gender but because we are brothers and sisters in Christ.
- Give each other space to disagree in love.
- Make every effort to see each other in the best possible light, believing that we are all doing that best we can with what we have.
- Desire spiritual maturity for ourselves and in our communities.
- Want to see the love of God take over our homes, neighborhoods, and our cities.
May these conversations and blogs be both an encouragement and a challenge to you. We are breaking through our comfortable molds and auto-pilots of privilege to educate, engage and build bridges across mass divides within our faith community. Not for our own enlightenment but as a witness to the world!
This concept came to me through the quote:
When you have more than you need build a bigger table not a higher fence.
This may sound a bit hackneyed but if we truly believe that we have “been blessed with every spiritual blessing in heaven” (Ephesians 1:3), then why does God’s kingdom table feel at times small and guarded?
I am not totally sure how God is going to use this but even so, I am going to be over here in my corner of the world writing about this and I hope you will join me.