Thursday, February 23, 2017

Out Into The Darkness, Together

Words by Andre Henry
Prayer by Nick Barrett
The Table Setters Ensemble: Kimi Walker, Nick Barrett, Isaac Bar-Jonah, Ivy Beech, Ambar Sabino
Photography by Jordan Spencer and Jesse Burger with help by Malcolm Wadlow
Edited by Avery Archie

When Marvin and I started becoming friends 14 years ago, I had no idea it would lead to the launching of The Table Setters.  But once we engaged with mission trip after mission trip, and once we had to have "the talk" time and time again (the one where we helped wealthier churches locate their Toxic Charity, the tendency to look down on the people they believed they were helping), we realized that Jesus keeps setting tables with his disciples.  

And then he tells people to go out 2 x 2, and receive the hospitality of the people they would be visiting as they traversed country to country.  This was not colonialism.  This was a vulnerable sharing of the good news, that Jesus had conquered death and washed us with God's mercy and forgiveness.  

And then Paul keeps telling people how to act at the table, most certainly in Romans 14, when they sit across from people with different customs and food habits.  In other words: Jesus-followers ought to expect to forever be at diverse tables.

So: it's a tragedy that Martin Luther King Jr. called out Sunday mornings as the most segregated hours in the country.  What's more: it's not much better decades after he noticed that.

It's definitely time for change.  Marvin and I can come to your town, your school, or your church through plane, train, automobile, or video conference.  We can help you plan for long haul diversity initiatives that move beyond mere tolerance.  We can pray for you.  We can worship with you.  We can laugh with you.  We can cry with you.  And most importantly, we can lament, together, that God laments all the divisions his children have made along race, zip codes, political stripes, gender, housing status, language, and food choices.  We can encourage you, from here on out, to move past those divides towards the day when Revelation 21 becomes a reality, where all the nations come together to praise God.  And then we can dance.

Our website is finally live: 

(thank you to Thad Lolling for serving as our Multimedia Specialist)

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