Group Study Guide for

Whatever Happened to Dinner?

[Cover of Whatever Happened to Dinner?]

Recipes and Reflections for Family Mealtime

by Melodie M. Davis

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Introduction Chapter 4 Chapter 8 Chapter 12
Chapter 1 Chapter 5 Chapter 9 Chapter 13
Chapter 2 Chapter 6 Chapter 10 Chapter 14
Chapter 3 Chapter 7 Chapter 11 Chapter 15

Chapter 4: Eating on the Run—Taking Charge of "Fast" Food

Scripture: Mark 6:30-44

Read this well-known passage aloud and focus your thinking on who learned the most from this miracle. The crowd or the disciples? How would you have felt if you were a disciple? Do you think the crowd even knew what happened? How does this story speak to you about reliance on God supplying our needs? What is God saying to us about our seeming need to follow the culture to even more activities and involvements that take us away from home?

  1. How much time do you spend in the car (or other transportation) each day or each week?
  2. How much of that time is spent ferrying kids to activities? Are there activities where you wouldn’t really need to go every time?
  3. Make a list of all the activities and involvements that were made possible by the invention of the car. How would your life be different if you drove a buggy? What if you only used a bicycle, walked, or used public transportation—would it change your life? Discuss.
  4. What are your first memories of eating out? Of fast food?
  5. What traditions or activities stand out to you about eating with your family of origin on vacations or excursions?
  6. Visualize a family excursion or vacation spot from your childhood. Where did you eat? What was your favorite place? What smells come back to you?
  7. What ideas do you have for succumbing less often to the lure of fast food?

Activity: For one month, keep track of how many times you eat out or away from home. You can also consider adding up the calories or costs of these experiences. What is surprising? Would you like to eat out less or more? Discuss as a family or in the group.

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