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Rediscovering hospitality (bumper links edition)

I noticed this year more books, talks and articles on the subject of hospitality than ever before. A lot of it was sparked by the release of Rosaria Butterfield’s book The Gospel comes with a Housekey. I’ve long been convinced of the importance of hospitality and we attempt to practice it too. So it was natural for me to bookmark and to share. The Gospel comes with a housekey Rosaria Butterfield Calls You to (Radically Ordinary) Hospitality (TGC) Radically Ordinary Hospitality by JD Greear 3 Ways to Show Up—and Speak Up—to the Lost (TGC) Christian…

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Rediscovering Hospitality

In Japan lonely senior citizens (especially women) are shoplifting in search of the community and stability of jail. From 1980 to 2015, the number of seniors living alone in Japan increased more than sixfold, to almost 6 million. That’s quite extreme but all across the developed world it has become clear that loneliness is a killer and it is an epidemic. Alongside the rise of loneliness has been the decline in religious commitment. What this has revealed is that religion creates a huge amount of social capital. Social capital here is really just…

Christian Living 

A starved, skinny, under-nourished form of hospitality

Recently a number of posts on hospitality have shown up in my blog feed. Discussions about scruffy hospitality or discovering that hospitality is about friendship not impressing people and learning that it really isn’t about entertaining. Yet there’s something about all of them, commendable though they are, that makes me a little sad. I think it’s a sad reflection over the state of the church where we have embraced a starved, skinny and under-nourished form of hospitality instead of the more robust Biblical version. As Leanna Shepard argues in this post about gospel-driven hospitality If…

Christian Living 

The lost art of hospitality

It’s a relatively staple part of Christian testimony in the West, after a team has returned from a poorer nation to be genuinely moved at the hospitality and generosity of their hosts compared with their own attempts. You’ve probably heard people talk about hospitality and you probably agree that it is very important, but what is hospitality? There are, admittedly, lots of forms that hospitality can take. There is the open generous way we treat people in church, and the generous, warm-hearted way in which we engage with people as a gathered…

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Church planting essentials: Hospitality

Family. Church. When you think about those words what comes to mind? Are there any overlaps? It is quite possible that neither of them carry any positive associations for you, yet that only serves to highlight our deep need for a place where we are loved, nurtured, cherished and valued; a people who give us our identity and our place in the world, a people to whom we belong and who belong to us. Our conviction is that the church is the household of God (Eph 2:19 for example) and this shouldn’t…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 43

The Week’s Postings Wednesday: Church planting in EuropeThursday: The only intelligent life?Friday: What if We Nuke a City? Also thankful to King’s Church Norwich for letting us introduce ourselves to their church Related Reading Cross-Cultural Church Planting: A Plea From A Missionary So What Does Church Planting Actually Look Like? Six Thoughts After Six Years of a Public Church Plant 5 years and still going… From the archives Porn: How to talk about it & what to do about it Bonus Material Seven posts that caught my eye recently Holy infographics:…

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Six steps to making your church better

Here are seven steps that show us what ‘loving one another looks like.’ And just so we’re clear about how important the command is: Jesus, Paul, Peter and John all tell the church to love one another. It was a command of Jesus, repeated by his apostles. Jesus: Jn 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” Paul: 1 Th 4:9 “Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to…

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Sex, porn, marriage & divorce

I was trying to think of a snappy title and I couldn’t so I just put all the key words in the headline. But it also captures a simple fact that all four are a feature of modern life whether we like it or not and they are all increasingly tangled up. Let’s start with pornography which is freely available in vast quantities to anyone who wants to look at it. Here are a few reasons why (without referring to the Bible) that we should be wary of porn. The…