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What a hole-in-the-wall vegetarian restaurant can teach the church

Vegetarian is never my first choice for a meal.

But as my wife and I looked through Trip Advisor for a place to eat in Banff, Nourish – a vegetarian restaurant – stood out. It was ranked #1 of 83 restaurants in the alpine town. We couldn’t ignore that.

Nourish was hard to find. It was on the second floor of a nondescript arcade opposite the office to a tour guide company.

The entrance was even more average, and as I peered into the kitchen, I wondered how anything exceptional could come to life in that space.

I was so wrong.

The pear and lychee ice whip was delicious.

The nachos had 27 ingredients – 27! Including strawberries!

The ravioli was the best I’ve ever tasted.

And don’t get me started on the blueberry pie!

Now, this isn’t a food blog, so let me get to the point.

Get your main business right, then focus on secondary details later (or never).

Maybe as the church we can put too much effort into secondary details and window dressing.

Maybe the unbelievingly world would look beyond our ugly entrances if we radically loved each other in a way that was so evident when they met with us.

Maybe this would cause people to talk – about how low their expectations were, but how their positive experience blew them away.

Maybe they would tell other people to go.

Maybe the church can learn from this experience at a hole-in-the-wall vegetarian restaurant in Banff.

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