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After the Tomb, the Table Luke 24:44-53

After the Tomb, the Table

The mission of the apostles begins not with a visit to the empty tomb, but with a conversation over a piece of broiled fish. Never underestimate the power of table talk.

Never underestimate the power of table talk.

Adam Bellow has written a book that approaches this topic in a fresh and surprising way. Called In Praise of Nepotism, it defends the practice of showing favor to your relatives, and it makes the case that many “self-made men” were really nothing of the kind. In fact, they were family-made men. From Abraham and King David to John F. Kennedy and George W. Bush, the influence of families has been felt in the shaping of generations of leaders. According to Adam Bellow, nepotism really boils down to the transmission of family legacies, and the cycle of generosity and gratitude that knits our whole society together.

Described in this way, nepotism is not such a bad thing.

Everyone knows the story of Easter morning. A group of women. Two angels. One amazed apostle.

What does this have to do with Bellow’s thesis?

What we’re going to argue here is that while the empty tomb is of HUGE importance to our faith, it’s what happens at the table, after the...

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