BEN: I agree with your emphasis in Chapter 7, when you say welcoming means, among other things, sharing table fellowship. My question is how does that work today, because clearly Paul is addressing all the strong and weak in Rome on this point. There is a Weslyan Church near Hope College in Michigan that has taken this so seriously that what they do on Sundays is they go to some of the larger homes of their members and they have the Sunday noon meal together, like ancient house churches, and they discuss the sermon, their church, their individual lives over dinner. Each house feeds about 12 people, and there are more than 10 houses involved sometimes. Do you think this is the kind of thing Paul had in mind??? Granted it’s not everyone at one table, nor a big buffet in the fellowship hall featuring the Gospel bird (chicken of course), but the household setting seems to be important.
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