Authentic Christian community...
The missiologist David Bosch described authentic Christian community in the following way:
The new fellowship transcends every limit imposed by family, class or culture. We are not winning people like ourselves but sharing the good news that in Christ God has shattered the barriers that divide the human race and has created a new community. The new people of God has no analogy; it is a "sociological impossibility" that has nevertheless become possible. ("The Structure of Mission: An Exposition of Matthew 28:16-20," in Exploring Church Growth, ed. Wilbert Shenk; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1983, p. 239)
We had a feast at T.A.T.H. this week. Someone said there were 64 people present, not including the servers. This was a tradition worth starting. Thanks to Women's Fellowship, we enjoyed a sumptuous feast of Amish turkey stuffing, mashed potatos, gravy, green beans, corn, apple sauce, and rolls. This was topped off with a final course of pies (ala Dean), pumpkin roll, and ice cream.
Last evening at Life Group we were sharing stories of favorite Thanksgiving memories/traditions. I have to say that the feast on Tuesday night is right up at the top of one of my favorites. Hopefully it will become a tradition.
You can view more photos from the Thanksgiving feast here.