Bad Manners at the Dinner Table
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 43 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, three daughters-in-law--Leah, Vanessa, and Sarah, and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2005 Feb 09
Every year at the BI the student body is a little different. I remember one class a few years ago that was very boisterous and demonstrative. That class had several strong leaders who stood out by their giftedness. Those students liked to hang around after each class and ask questions. This year's class seems quieter and perhaps more studious. As a speaker, you can tell when the students are listening closely or tuning you out.
Today I spent a lot of time talking about the story of Paul rebuking Peter in
The whole episode fascinates me because on one level it illustrates how much truth the Bible contains in a seemingly obscure incident. And on another level it shows how seemingly small actions can have huge consequences. So I asked if any of the students came from
So what was the problem in
A pastor can deny the gospel by what he preaches. But church members can deny the gospel by the way they conduct themselves at a Wednesday night dinner. That's the deeper implication of Galatians 2:11-14. It's all about bad manners at the dinner table, and it's something we all need to think about. I spent most of an hour talking to the students about it, because there's a lot of truth to learned from this forgotten corner of Galatians.
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