“In our world full of strangers, estranged from their own past, culture and country, from their neighbors, friends and family, from their deepest self and their God, we witness a painful search for a hospitable place where life can be lived without fear and where community can be found. Our society seems to be increasingly full of
In the days before television dinners and Twitter mobile, people entertained themselves by talking to other people–in person and for hours at a time. For children born in the twenty-first century, this may sound strange, even torturous, but it really happened. And as I recall, it was something that all who experienced it . . .
When we open our hearts as well as our homes, we are practicing biblical hospitality. If you’re like most people, you probably think practicing Christian hospitality is equivalent to what you’ve seen in magazines. And if you’re like me, you end up feeling depressed and inadequate because you don’t quite see your efforts measuring up to
We ‘ate’ our way out of Paradise: can we ‘eat’ our way into heaven? Adam died for eating the forbidden fruit. The second Adam died that whosoever eats his flesh and drinks his blood, shall attain eternal life. Table fellowship defines Jesus’ communality. ‘Eating’ is so patterned into the scheme of his work revealing a
From a blog post by Mark Glanville. Ever noticed how many of Jesus’ meals are in the gospels? Meals feature so prominently in the gospels that scholars have commented: ‘Jesus ate his way through the Gospels.’ Herbert Anderson and Edward Foley even claim: ‘… they killed him because of the way he ate; because he ate
We will continue with our focus on Everyday Church this Sunday by looking at how Jesus used meals to reach out to those needing him. Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission around the table: “Consider for a moment what happens at the feeding of the five thousand. God gives out bread. On a massive scale. Or think
This is perhaps not what you are looking for. By “clean” I mean that Christians often want to tell conversion stories that are clean: I was a sinner and then I found Jesus and now I’m squeaky clean. This kind of story happens sometimes — and I know lots of people like this. So this
I asked this question during one of our Wednesday night meetings. Tim Keller gives three very compelling reasons. “The earliest Christians were widely ridiculed, especially by the cultural elites, excluded from circles of influence and business, and often persecuted and put to death. Hurtado says that Roman authorities were uniquely hostile to them, compared to