The Gospels are full of stories of Jesus sharing meals with disciples, friends, even tax collectors and Pharisees. Whether multiplying bread to feed a whole crowd, relaxing with his inner circle, or telling curious elites stories about even greater banquets, Jesus imparts wisdom as he shares the wine and grants forgiveness as he distributes the fish. This eight-chapter resource provides biblical insights along with thought-provoking queries regarding our own time, such as whom should we invite to Sunday dinner and who is left out and left behind in our culture today.
Illustrations by artist Kevin Burns complement each chapter and invite further meditation on the Gospel story and its meaning for our lives.
Each chapter includes questions for small group discussion or personal reflection. A guide for church leaders offers suggestions for preaching this book as a sermon series and incorporating food-related outreach and hospitality efforts.
“Like a great meal, Meeting Jesus at the Table is deep nourishment. Weaving art, scripture, reflections, questions for discussion and a guide for leaders, this Lenten study is a gift to individuals, devotional groups, and congregations alike. We all hunger. We all eat. Campbell, Fohr, and Burns beautifully remind us that Jesus meets us in the sacred ordinary acts of breaking bread together. In a world of power struggle and food insecurity, we remember and celebrate that at God’s table all are welcome and there is always enough.” –Ellie Roscher, author of The Embodied Path and 12 Tiny Things