Nudge Experiment Week 1: Taste

The Nudge Experiment- Week 1

FYI to those of you viewing this video, this is a bit longer than they are intended to be.  Please know that these will on average be about five minutes each.  I look forward to hearing what your thoughts are.




About Bob Hudson

In many ways, I see myself as a hobbit. I have this innate desire for adventure and danger and yet I live most of my life in the comfort of the Shire. I am a student of life and theology and seek to bring peace and reconciliation wherever God leads me. I am blessed to walk this life with my beautiful wife Mimi and our two teenaged daughters, Natalie and Rebecca.
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10 Responses to Nudge Experiment Week 1: Taste

  1. Ryan Hee says:


    I watched your Nudge video. I loved it and celebrate your multicultural culinary tour. I like how the video can push others into “seeing” a more Incarnational theology rather than a Platonic dualism.

    I also find it interesting that the prof. (prob. Sweet, since it is his book) attempts to nudge his students who are mostly Intuitives (the majority of seminary students) rather than Sensors toward a “five senses” oriented worship. Of course, I haven’t taken the class but this experiment seems a very thought provoking, and hopefully an experiential, exercise as well.


  2. Deanne DeVries says:

    I enjoyed thinking about how God might want me to explore new tastes of Him. Much as I enjoy going on culinary taste adventures, I can enjoy tasting new things about God OR even learn new ways TO taste Him. Pretty cool – Thanks Bob!

  3. Bob Hudson says:

    I thought you did a great job of pointing out all of the wonderful things God has put here on earth for us to enjoy- Food is part of God’s amazing creation. The different types of food that we get to experience and the different flavors are all part of his creation- to be enjoyed. And there are so many unique styles of food, and spices, and combinations. Every meal can easily serve as a reminder of God’s creativity and awesomeness. Ron Wagner (comments made on YouTube and transferred by yours truly)

  4. Bob Hudson says:

    Ryan, that’s a great point about intuitives and sensors. I hadn’t even considered that and yet I think you’re right on there. Perhaps by expanding the how of our communication we are able to reach a greater segment of the population rather than just ENFPs like me;-).

  5. Bob Hudson says:

    Good stuff, Bob!

    Like everyone, I have countless memories of meaningful conversation while at the table — both the dining room table as well as the communion table. For me, I think one of the more powerful elements of food is how it is a very tangible reminder of our dependence on God. Jesus’ prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread” is a marker of that. Unfortunately, for many people that is a literal prayer every day of their lives. But for those of us who actually have plenty, giving thanks for our food reminds us of our dependence. And the remarkable thing is that God didn’t just set it up so that we have food for mere fuel. He went so much beyond that by creating a virtually infinite variety of taste combinations that enliven the experience of eating. A wonderful reminder of His grace in our lives!

    As I was listening to you, I was reminded of the following C.S. Lewis quote: “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

    So true! Give me the banquet table today instead of my all-too-common mud pies!

    Steve Adams (Copied off the YouTube site)

  6. Brian Bixler says:

    Ahh food… Many of my most memorable times with God, and his people have been around a table set with amazing food. Pastor Eric made a sweet potato soup with jalapeño, bacon and cream… So warm, spicy, filling. We sat around a table with our small group, everyone commenting on how wonderful it was. This soup acted as a catalyst for connection to those around the table, we grew closer to each other and closer to God.

  7. Bob Hudson says:

    Brian, I’m pretty sure the goal of this is experiment is not to excite the salivary glands! And yet, I’m craving some sweet conversation around a bowl of hot sweet potato soup! Thanks, brother.

  8. Emil says:

    Taste and food is appreciated more so over the course of our lives according to the level of risk and stepping out that we take. I see relationships with people around me the same way. It is easy to get stuck in a paradigm of what types of people I would best associate with and get to know – but when I take a chance, maybe heed Gods voice or “nudge”, I am often surprised and blessed by new friends. For the same reason I don’t care much for chain restaurants – it is too predictable, not to mention over salted. A unique restaurant or dish or food that I have never experienced is so much more full of experience – whether interpreted initially as good or bad, at least it is new and from that I learn and grow.

  9. Monelle says:

    In my family, we have had a tradition for generations called “fespar.” It’s a simple meal of homemade soup, buns, meats, and cheeses, followed by a freshly baked dessert and hot tea or coffee. I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and parents throughout the years, finding comfort in the food, casual conversation, and the gathering of family. It instilled in me that I am a part of something larger than myself, a generation of family members that have a strong spiritual, relational, and culinary appetite. Fespar was a time that allowed us to nourish our bodies and our souls by simply eating food with people we love.

  10. ann says:

    The first thing that springs to mind is how taste connects us to the incredible diversity of creation. I mean – just think of the amazing tastes out there for us to experience without any help from humans – juicy sweet and sour of perfectly ripe georgia peach, the fresh sweetness of fresh milk, the peppery kick from arugula, salty slipperiness of an oyster- I could go on.
    As well community builds around a table. Foods evoke times of great joy and of great sadness for me – depending on the memory.
    In the last few years I’ve enjoyed sitting at the table with some neighborhood friends whom we do life with, although many do not share our ‘faith’. We all appreciate local sourcing and enjoy the bounty of agriculture in our area. Many times our foods are the product of our own labors which makes them all the more significant. I feel one cannot grow food without appreciating that most of the harvest cannot be attributed to us at all. We plant, water and pull weeds but what produces fruit is the force of ‘life’, the holy spirit, gaia, mother nature, whatever tags we use – it points to the divine among us. And that is worth celebrating.

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