Beatitude for the Privileged

“Blessed are you when you give a feast and invite those who cannot repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” —Luke 14:14 In Luke 14, we find Jesus dining at the house of a well-connected man, a ruler who kept company with the influential and affluent Pharisees. Jesus tells […]

The Legacy of Potatoes in the Oven

Growing up, it wasn’t uncommon for my sisters and me to have friends over for dinner. My mom isn’t a gourmet chef, but she can cook a meal that is warm, delicious and nourishing. It was nothing too fancy for a weeknight dinner cooked by a working mom, but it was homemade nevertheless and always […]

Confession: I am Lonely

By Kendall Vanderslice | Twitter: @kvslice I like to keep myself busy. I don’t know if I do it to mask my loneliness, or prove how not lonely I am. For several years I’ve held on to a damaging lie: If I could find my contentedness in Christ alone, the loneliness will disappear. I squelched […]

Sometimes Love Tastes Like Red Beans and Rice

One of my favorite weekly traditions since we moved to L.A. is Couple’s Dinner. When we meet a couple we like, we invite them over for dinner one weeknight to get to know the fam, have a good meal, and share our stories. I plan the menu and T.C. makes sure to be home with […]

Feast or Famine

I generally eat too much when I am celebrating. I don’t think I am the only one. My very favorite moment from the sitcom Friends is when Joey steals Pheobe’s maternity pants and declares them his Thanksgiving pants. That is a way of celebrating I understand. I mean, over-eating at holiday meals is as American […]