NLQ Question of the Week: Why Worship Baking Your Own Bread?

NLQ Question of the Week: Why Worship Baking Your Own Bread? February 4, 2016

Sour dough bread starter. Image by Suzanne Titkemeyer
Sour dough bread starter. Image by Suzanne Titkemeyer

This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.

One of the things we’re run across again and again in both former fundamentalist post-religion narratives and within the active Quiverfull world is a strange emphasis on baking bread for your family from scratch. During my years in a funda-gelical church I participated in it too. But I never knew why we were doing it. People talked about their bread, humble-bragged about their bread, shared their extra bread and recipes and at our church newcomers were all giving a fresh loaf of home baked bread to welcome them to our fellowship. Bread loomed large and nobody, and I mean nobody, would admit to buying bread or allow commercially made bread to appear on their tables.

NLQ author Joe Sands and others have written about the baking of bread in their homes. For me it was something i stopped doing for a long while post fundamentalism, but I’ve come to realize that for us it’s cheaper and tastes better. It’s no longer ‘The Thing!’ it was in church. It’s just bread, part of the weekly routine of feeding the family. If time is short we have no trouble buying bread.

The attitude seems sort of like worshiping an idol after leaving the culture.

Why do you think this is such a common theme in fundamentalist culture? What is the significance of baking your own bread? Is bread-making so important because Christ said that he is the ‘bread of life’?

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