• http://thisisnotabout.me andrew burden

    I've thought a bit more about this. Jesus might well have passed up even the “substantial” food we so cling to, for His food was to “do the will of Him Who sent Me.”

  • AJ

    i support your idea but i think perhaps at the risk of making ‘enemies’ you didn’t answer your own thought. you asked “why” and then answered a “what” like what would you see at church. the reasons “why” we purchase the junk run somewhat deep i think: church budget, desire to attract students, desire to please students, desire for fun, convenience, what’s done in the student’s homes, finances in the student’s homes, the habits of leadership, and more. perhaps answering “why” is irrelevant and just getting down to change is key. anyway, thanks for some good ideas.

    • http://www.andrewburden.com andrew burden

      AJ,

      I’m guessing you didn’t like the LOST finale (or the series for that matter) – it asked questions it didn’t answer… Kidding aside, knowing “why” needs to be more than an exercise in rhetoric. At a very broad, systemic level, it would seem that as long as whole categories of subsidized crops and other (esp. corn) make it way more “cost effective” to eat doughnuts and Happy Meals than fresh fruits and veggies or made-from-scratch meals, America will continue to kill itself with low quality food.

  • AJ

    i support your idea but i think perhaps at the risk of making ‘enemies’ you didn’t answer your own thought. you asked “why” and then answered a “what” like what would you see at church. the reasons “why” we purchase the junk run somewhat deep i think: church budget, desire to attract students, desire to please students, desire for fun, convenience, what’s done in the student’s homes, finances in the student’s homes, the habits of leadership, and more. perhaps answering “why” is irrelevant and just getting down to change is key. anyway, thanks for some good ideas.

    • http://thisisnotabout.me andrew burden

      AJ,

      I’m guessing you didn’t like the LOST finale (or the series for that matter) – it asked questions it didn’t answer… Kidding aside, knowing “why” needs to be more than an exercise in rhetoric. At a very broad, systemic level, it would seem that as long as whole categories of subsidized crops and other (esp. corn) make it way more “cost effective” to eat doughnuts and Happy Meals than fresh fruits and veggies or made-from-scratch meals, America will continue to kill itself with low quality food.

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  • http://www.andrewburden.com andrew burden

    Talked to the volunteer who purchased our bowl of fruit… She pointed out that if the “healthy” food is free, kids may take it but not really eat it. It’s a matter of shifting the culture within each local ministry, and that takes time and much concerted effort.

  • http://thisisnotabout.me andrew burden

    Talked to the volunteer who purchased our bowl of fruit… She pointed out that if the “healthy” food is free, kids may take it but not really eat it. It’s a matter of shifting the culture within each local ministry, and that takes time and much concerted effort.

  • http://www.rethinkingyouthministry.com Brian

    Excellent thoughts. More youth ministries need to really give this some serious thought.

  • http://www.rethinkingyouthministry.com Brian

    Excellent thoughts. More youth ministries need to really give this some serious thought.

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  • Jennifer Purling Baker

    YES! Once again Andrew – you are on it! I’m utterly delighted to read such wisdom concerning the connection between physical and spiritual nourishment. True spiritual growth is about the whole being and I believe you are absolutely correct in asserting that Jesus would have bypassed insubstantial food in favor or something nourishing. Food is one of the most primary methods whereby we extend to one another our love. Thank you!

  • Jennifer Purling Baker

    YES! Once again Andrew – you are on it! I’m utterly delighted to read such wisdom concerning the connection between physical and spiritual nourishment. True spiritual growth is about the whole being and I believe you are absolutely correct in asserting that Jesus would have bypassed insubstantial food in favor or something nourishing. Food is one of the most primary methods whereby we extend to one another our love. Thank you!

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