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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

BLCians and Gastronomy

Firstly what is gastronomy ?

1. The art or science of good eating.
2. A style of cooking, as of a particular region.

I can honestly say that after 20 months of living here BLC has eating down to a science and there are members thereof whose appetites defy science. Food is an integral part of service and fellowship with us as it was with Jesus and his disciples. From our first visit where we were immediately invited to lunch for Chinese New Year (and I got my first taste of Aunties chicken curry *mmmmmm*) to refreshments, easter and anniversary dinners, LG dinners, the cooking classes and dinner for well no reason just dinner !

Malaysians have a head start in this field over we Aussies who leave after a service the way you leave at the end of a wedding dinner here (le mans start) since Makan is a way of life. But even so I can't imagine too many churches sitting around and enjoying refreshments and talk the way we do. Sure beats a biscuit and a cup of tea so perhaps this blend of Asian culture and after-Church fellowship is something our emergent warriors should be taking note of.

Lets finish with a quote from a christian I believe understood this:

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a
merrier world.
J. R. R.
British scholar & fantasy novelist (1892 - 1973)


Blogger Sivin Kit said...

Amen to Tolkien!

Often I see the food (especially original BLCian cooking) as works of art and an extension of the one who cooked them. And when more than two or three gather around it, the conversations become another work of art. And after an extended time running this cycle, healthy relationships and learning "emerge" - and the content of all this really depends on how "deep" we're willing to go. So, for me, I like to finish my food and finish the conversations feeling, we've all grown better in some ways (growing bigger is a side-effect tho') hehehehe

1:47 pm

Blogger DB said...

ahh there's the rub

especially when there are pringles involved ;-)

2:36 pm

Blogger Messy Christian said...

Yay! My pringles was put to good use. :D

4:08 pm

Blogger James Tan Chin Choy said...

If Tolkien was alive, he'd be a BLCian!! Food, cheer and song... I will definitely value these things more as I keep those wise words in mind. Not that I don't already value them enough!!!

11:21 am


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