Wine Before Breakfast

Wine Before Breakfast?
What else would you expect from a glutton and a drunkard?

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon.”
The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they say,
“Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”
Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.

With some folks you just can’t win.
It doesn’t seem to matter what you do, they aren’t pleased.

Come as a man of the wilderness, fasting between meals of locusts and honey
and they figure that you must be demon possessed.
Come as a man of hospitality and feasting
and they figure that you are a glutton and drunkard who keeps bad company.

If there ever was a text that could maybe be the theme verse for Wine Before Breakfast,
surely this is it.

Wine Before Breakfast?!?
What else would you expect from a glutton and a drunkard?

Now truth be known I’ve never seen a WBB breakfast that could encourage gluttony,
and while the wine is good not even WBBers get drunk at 7.22 in the morning!

But maybe it was the sense of excess that got Jesus this reputation.
Always party time for Jesus.
Always lots of food and wine.
Heck if they ran out, he’d make more!
And always a wide open door policy.
Everyone is invited!

May it be that WBB is such a community of gluttons and drunkards.
May it be that we will find our company with all the other sinners.
Heck, even bring the tax collectors along
(and guys who have worked on Bay Street! Let the reader understand).

Because here’s the punch line:
“Wisdom is vindicated by her deed.”
Or the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
Or something like that.

Wisdom, Sophia is vindicated by … what?
By her philosophical rhetorical flourishes?
By the refereed journal articles?
Nope, by her deeds.
Specifically by eating and drinking.
Lots of eating and drinking.
Joanna Manning will unpack this for on Tuesday morning.
David Julien will be serving up the feast.
And the bandhood of all believers will be the house band for the party.

Gluttons, drunkards, tax collectors and sinners all welcome.
If you are none of the above, stay in bed.

Wine Before Bread
Tuesday, February 1 @ 7.22am
Wycliffe Chapel

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