Diet is a key challenge to Christian communities. While it is certainly the case that phrases such as ‘food as fuel’, ‘garbage in garbage out’, ‘an army marches on its stomach’ and ‘you are what you eat’ can seem simplistic, there is a truth here which has particular importance for a church seeking to recover confidence in its vocation. Nourishment is fundamental to the life of the Christian community. Unless we pay careful attention to what is nourishing us, then what we will become will not resource us and I form us for our vocation as a sign of God’s grace in the world. Similarly if our nourishment is inadequate, then our service will be inadequate. Not only will we lack the necessary energy, but our embodied condition will render us unfit for service. A snacking society is a feeble society surviving but not flourishing.

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