Born in the North, but raised in the South by the grace of God, this groundbreaking episode introduces you to the host of Jimmy’s Table podcast, Jimmy Humphrey, where I look to have conversations about faith, life, culture, and sometimes food.
Jimmy Humphrey is 36 years old, and was born in the North but raised in the South (by the grace of God). Originally from Chicago (and by that I mean the suburbs), I moved to the greater Charlotte area when I was about 5 years old, where I’ve lived ever since. I like iced tea as well as ice hockey, I like Italian beef sandwiches as well as cheesy grits.
Growing up, I saw the importance of the kitchen table in the life in my family. The kitchen was the central room in our house, by which we entertained and fed family, friends, strangers, and neighbors. We had important and lively conversations about anything and everything, and ate some pretty legendary food along the way. Family and community were ultimately built simply by breaking bread together.
I don’t believe this is by accident. I believe this is by Divine design. Eating a communal meal together is one of the most basic primal and spiritual things we can do as humans beings, and often distinguishes us from animals, who tend to eat with a much more competitive “dog eat dog” mindset.
In the Bible we see the importance of eating together, and in the Scriptures, eating together is one of the great redemptive themes of Scripture. When God wanted to change the world, He didn’t lead people to march in the streets with clinched fists lifted in the air. When God wanted to lead a revolution, He did so by initiating a common meal. We see this in the Passover meal celebration, by which God liberated the Hebrew people from slavery and Egyptian bondage. We see this in the Last Supper, in which all of God’s redemptive work in Christ was forever memorialized by sharing bread and drinking wine. We see this in the apocalypse and in the book of Revelation, where all of the redeemed come together to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.