When I published my first post around crime fiction and food, way back at the end of last year, I asked for any suggestions for other writers that I may have missed. The one name that came up the most, about 4 or 5 times, was that of Martin Walker and his fictional detective Bruno Courreges, chief of police in the small, fictional town of St. Denis, in the Dordogne region of France.
*If you haven’t read this series there are one or two spoilers during the course of this post.
The cover for the Bruno novel: Resistance Man
I started this series from book one and have worked my way through to all but the two most recent books in the series, and they are on hold at the library. I found Bruno an engaging character right from the start. His interest in protecting the way of life of the people in the town of St. Denis, as the EU regulations seek to destroy their way of life. He also has a great deal of compassion in his dealings with the people. He often overlooks, or helps correct, minor violations that can cause the perpetrators outsized trouble, Continue reading →
About three and a half years ago, I started looking for suggestions on books dealing with Holy Communion. At the time, Tom Wright’sThe Meal Jesus Gave Us, was the only one I followed through on. I’ve been collecting and starting to read through other books since then. One of the first one’s I’ve finished is A Holy Meal: The Lord’s Supper in the Life of the Church, by Gordon T. Smith.
A Holy Meal makes a good introduction to the Lord’s Supper.
Growing up in the evangelical tradition, the question of what was acceptable and what was not acceptable behaviour for “real Christians” was high on the list of topics that were regularly worked around. My denominational upbringing was teetotal by definition. my experiences with others from similar backgrounds was that the drinking of alcohol, in any form, while not necessarily written into their doctrinal/governing documents was considered strictly forbidden.
I was in my mid-twenties before I ever had a beverage that had alcohol in it. The church I was attending at the time had sponsored some refugees from Ethiopia and when one of them got married, the wedding reception included wine and a traditional Ethiopian honey beverage. By this time I was more accepting of the idea that alcohol and the Christian life were not mutually exclusive, but hadn’t done anything to try a drink.
Food and Drink:
That being said, I am aware of the arguments against drinking any beverage that contains alcohol(I’m also aware of the arguments against including wine as an alcoholic beverage). I also realize that there are real dangers in the over-consumption of alcohol. The effects of this are visible on a daily basis among those who use the Holy Trinity lunch program. Continue reading →