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George D. McClain

George D. McClain
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George D. McClain teaches urban ministry, theology of mission, and United Methodist studies at New York Theological Seminary, while directing the Rising Hope theological studies program at Arthur Kill Correctional Facility, Staten Island, NY. For 25 years he served as national executive of the Methodist Federation for Social Action and is author ofClaiming All Things for God: Prayer, Discernment, and Ritual for Social Change (Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1998).

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Marriage and Food: The Intra-Church Struggle Continues—1 Timothy 4:1-5

Lesson 10: “So the false teachers ‘forbid marriage and demand abstinence from [certain] foods’? Is that all the fuss is about? No wild orgies or murderous rampages? Maybe not, but these beliefs have extensive consequences. Theologically, they imply that true Christians will strive for union with a God who is pure spirit. They must leave behind earthy pleasures like sex and ordinary family life, as well as most tasty foods.”