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The role of hospitality in the Christian Life
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When we as Christians open our homes to friends and strangers, set the table, put on a meal, and break bread together, we invite God's blessing. This pattern of hospitality is at the heart of the gospel. Food for the body and food for the soul can and does belong together.
Table fellowship fits into the New Testament narrative so unobtrusively that we can almost miss it. Jesus used simple hospitality and meal time conversations to share some of the most profound truths of the gospel.
Our Faith is often squeezed into a corner of life reserved for church services and Bible study groups. But God desires to be at the center of our ordinary, every-day life together and never more so than in a home open to others.
Table grace is food for the mind, a metaphor for communion with God.
Table grace is food for the body, a means for sustaining physical strength.
Table grace is food for the soul, a method for understanding God's values
Table grace is food for the hungry, a model for serving Christ and his Kingdom.
Douglas Webster mentors future pastors at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He has a Ph.D. from the University of St. Michaelís College, Toronto School of Theology.
"A biblical tapestry of hospitality, revealing its connection to worship, prayer, and the renewal of the church today. A wonderful introduction to a major theme of Scripture. Readable, wise, and engaging."
Timothy and Denise George, Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Alabama
"...a thoughtful and biblical explanation of the value of hospitality and the importance of 'table grace'. The relevant questions that conclude each chapter help the reader understand why meals with meaning matter. We warmly commend this timely book."
Ian and Ruth Coffey, Moorlands College, Dorset, England
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