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“We all know fasting can be a spiritual exercise, but eating is really more like Jesus. In this book, Chester points out that Christianity was meant to be conducted at a table with the intimacy of a shared meal. Church was never meant to be holy services held in sacred buildings conducted by saintly men in long robes passing thin wafers and a thimble of juice—removed from real life. Chester rightly puts us back where we belong...at the table in front of a meal—a feast actually. This is an outstanding treatise on an important subject that was long ago lost in the mire of sacred rituals. It is time we come back to the table and enjoy the life given to us.”
—Neil Cole, founder and director, Church Multiplication Associates; author, Organic Church
"I'm not sure I could name all the titles of the books Tim has now written. I've even written one or two with him. But this is the best so far, by far! It fed my soul and through it I enjoyed grace in a new way. In fact, the book is a sumptuous meal in its own right. Buy it, not just to read it, but to feast on it."
—Steve Timmis, Executive Director, Acts 29 Church Planting Network
“I have always told the congregations I've served that if you take the mountains and meals out of the Bible, it's a very short book. In a world of competing church models and strategies, Tim shows us that Jesus employed one practice over all others: Sharing a meal with people. This book serves as a poignant reminder that grace, mission, and community are never enacted best through programs and propaganda, but rather through the equality and acceptance experienced at the common table. May our lives never be too busy to live this out.”
—Mike Breen, Global Leader, 3DM; author, Building a Discipleship Culture
“Tim Chester has a keen ability to reflect on gospel, community, and mission, making them accessible to the common person through the mess and movement of everyday life. Tim certainly accomplished this again in A Meal with Jesus. With each meal, my convictions about how the gospel informs all of life and relationships went deeper, and my affections for Jesus grew stronger. I want everyone in my church to read this book.”
—Jeff Vanderstelt, Visionary Leader, Soma; Pastor, Doxa Church, Bellevue, Washington; author, Saturate
Tim Chester (PhD, University of Wales) is a pastor with the Crowded House in Sheffield, UK, and director of the Porterbrook Seminary, which provides integrated theological and missional training for church leaders. He is the coauthor (with Steve Timmis) of Total Church and is the author of over twenty books, including You Can Change, A Meal with Jesus, and Good News to the Poor.
Chester demonstrates that hospitality is a recurring theme in God's story.
This is the first resurgence literature book I've read, but I will definitely be reading the others and recommending to friends.
I was hit with all of these thoughts in just the first few pages of the book as I read the introduction.
Awesome book...it put to words everything I was thinking as to why I do Food Ministry...Published 27 days ago by Jseeley3
Outstanding book that shows the importance of food and meals in our Christian and individual lives.Published 1 month ago by Debbie in Douglasville
Incredibly important and pertinent to living the Gospel practically in today's culture. This is one of the more convicting books on applicable faith living that I have read in the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by JonathanBCrabb
We are so busy. For most of us, being missionaries, being on a mission, is just not in the cards. So we throw money and prayer at those who do mission full time. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Salasin
Though I could not agree with everything in this book and believe he may have gone too far in his analogies, Tim Chester nevertheless brought the recognition of what a huge part... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Deborah Howard