The crucial question is not whether we can explain what is in the Bible, but whether we can enjoy it. Like a chef who has mastered an elaborate recipe yet does not enjoy eating it, Christians can master what is in the Bible yet not taste the succulence of it. This is not to say we should shun knowing what is in the Bible. We must know the recipe if we are to enjoy the dish. ‘Such is the nature of man, that nothing can come at the heart but through the door of understanding.’ But the dish is not made to be dissected and scrutinized. It is made to be eaten.”
quote by Jonathan Edwards on the Christian Life
There is one recipe I know by heart. I find myself at the grocery, deciding to make it, I know all the ingredients, I know which ones I have at home and which I need to purchase. The recipe is for chocolate chip cookies adapted by my mom from the Nestle Tollhouse recipe. I’ve started making a quadruple batch whenever I make them because I can always freeze them or there are ready mouths who want them. As a dietitian I can tell you the adaptations my mom made to this recipe for greater taste do not equate to a healthier cookie.
Learning to master this recipe I have made many mistakes, not stirring the eggs after each addition, forgetting the salt or the vanilla, not using enough flour, waiting too long to bake after adding the baking soda, and burning them far too many times. In recent years the excitement for the batter and the warm cookies has waned. There are some times that I don’t have a single cookie once they’re made. Is it the clean up that distracts? Is it the busyness of our Worlds Collide party? Am I bored with them?
Jonathan Edwards made an interesting analogy to what I’m experiencing with these cookies. He talks of Scripture being something we should know thoroughly, similar to how I know this recipe, however knowledge is not sufficient. God wants us to know His word and enjoy it. We are invited to let it linger with us, to break it down, to apply it, to engage it, to feast on it. This audio (and this book) by Jen Wilkin along with this study by Danielle Cevallos have helped me dwell in Scripture with more patience and with greater joy.
This is not to say we should shun knowing what is in the Bible. We must know the recipe if we are to enjoy the dish…But the dish is not made to be dissected and scrutinized. It is made to be eaten.”
So I’ve started eating them more often. I’ve made them for small group twice. I’m even eating the cookie dough. They’re soft, fluffy, warm, and the perfect combination of dough and chocolate. I’ve been missing out but not any more. I can’t believe I’m sharing this recipe but it’s time for this blog to have it. I hope you’re able to feast on God’s word today and maybe make a batch of these as well. Enjoy!
- 2 1/4 cup flour, all-purpose
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick butter-flavored shortening (1 cup)
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In stand mixer (linked below), beat shortening, both sugars, and vanilla until creamy.
- Add eggs one at a time, beat between additions.
- Sift flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
- Add flour mixture to egg mixture a little at a time, stirring/mixing between each addition (4 or more additions).
- Add in chocolate chips.
- Use cookie scoop and drop onto baking stone (both linked below). Bake for 5 minutes.
- Add a sprinkle of sugar to each cookie while in the oven after the 5 minute mark.
- Bake for an additional 5-6 minutes.
- Let cookies cool slightly on cookie rack.
- Eat warm and share.
Links for products in recipe:
Stand mixer (I can make a quadruple batch in this size)
Baking stone (I use the rectangular and round pizza stone but prefer the rectangular)
Oh the irony of this post and the previous post linked below. There’s a healthy dose of balance for you!