*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.
BIG Food Truck Rodeo at FIRST / Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles Food Truck
Last Sunday we had a bunch of church community fun with the BIG Food Truck Rodeo. Several trucks lined up on Washington Street near our parking lot to serve delicious food to us after church. I had been eyeing the food truck list for days (of course) and was most excited about Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles. I’ve always heard good things about them, but have never made it over to their restaurant. BIG was my chance!
A few of my super cool friends wanted to go to Kiki’s as well, so we met up after church and headed over to get in line at the Kiki’s truck. I was a little disappointed that they only had the wings and no fried chicken breast filets. Mind you, their wings are their thing, but I’m a bit lazy and don’t like messing with bones. Despite having to work a little bit for the meat, it was still a delicious experience.
If you’re not used to the idea of chicken and waffles, it might weird you out a bit, but if you think about it, the flavors together aren’t that far out there. The waffle is a little bit sweet and the chicken is salty. The waffle also helps absorb some of that grease (hey, no one claims that this is a healthy meal!). Then drizzle some syrup over the whole thing and put on a few dashes of hot sauce over it and you have some layers that just work.
I hope to visit the Kiki’s restaurant soon to try more of their items. There’s a red velvet waffle on their menu that’s calling my name!
As I walked around our parking lot with the big tent and all of the tables out, I saw several tasty items that the FIRST Family was enjoying. What was also fun to watch was everyone enjoying each other, from kids running around and playing to families and friends talking around the tables and visiting each other. The weather was nice and BIG was grand.
What does it mean to be “one”? Some might say that one is the loneliest number, but one can also mean many, which isn’t that lonely. Jesus, in His high priestly prayer (John 17), prays over His disciples for strength and sanctification. Then He offers a prayer for some others. The ones who will “believe in [Him] through [the disciples’] word.” For those who have believed and will believe, He prayed for them; He prayed for us! This is important! This is what Jesus desires! Check it out, verses 20 – 23:
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”
ONE. We are to be one. Just as the Father is in the Son and the Son is in the Father, we are to be in them and we in each other. The language He uses weaves in and out to the point that it can almost feel like a puzzle. But simply put, we are all to be united as one under God, the Trinity. This oneness gives glory to God. This oneness shows the world that we belong to Him. This oneness shows an unbelieving world how the love of Jesus looks. This oneness is how we are strong together.
The question now raised is, are we one? Are we as the “capital C” Church united? Can we set aside our differences to recognize our sameness under Christ? Can we allow the Holy Spirit to dictate our actions and relationships? This is a struggle. When I watch the news and observe our faith communities, I see pockets of hope, but I don’t think we’re where we need to be. How do we get there? How do we achieve the united front that gives God glory?
The first step is falling to our knees, confessing our sin, and begging God to show us how to live as one under Him. Then we can assume a posture of humility when we interact with our fellow Christians. My next suggestion is that we spend real time together. That’s why I write this blog, to encourage us to get together and to get to know each other (while eating, of course). That’s why we had an event like BIG. We want to facilitate a spirit of community. We have to put aside our insecurities and our schedules and be intentional.
The other night a small group of us from the Young Professionals Sunday School class got together for dinner at a home (thanks Kristin and Phillip for hosting!). This might not sound very groundbreaking, but it was monumental in the fact that we made time to do it. We struggle so much to break our schedules, leave work at a particular time, and just relax while getting to know each other better. Several of us ran late because we had to (or lost track of time) stay at work too long. If the others were like me, there was scrambling around the kitchen to get a dish together and/or quick trips to the grocery store. There was evening traffic and inconvenience. BUT, let me tell you, it was WORTH IT. We sat around the table, ate our potluck meal, and shared stories about ourselves (I tried to turn the “tell a fun fact about yourself” time into “tell your secrets” time. It had hilarious results). We laughed. We learned about each other. Humans looked other humans in the eyes instead of watching through a computer screen. We left knowing more about each other than when we arrived. Knowing leads to understanding. Understanding leads to grace. Grace coincides with love. Love unites us.
Inconvenience yourself this week and get together with some folks that you don’t know that well. You might find that unity is more achievable than it seems.
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Hi! I’m April. I work on staff here at FIRST designing a bunch of things for print and Web. I believe that world peace can be achieved over a pan of fresh baked biscuits and everyone coming to faith in Jesus. Ok, really it’s just Jesus, but the biscuits help.