Our summer reading is The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield. I’m excited about the influence of this book in our church family because I think it will not only resonate but challenge us all! I think there’s a dynamic connection between the gospel, hospitality and the use of our homes.
What’s the difference between hospitality and entertaining? Entertaining brings to mind big events, exceptional food, perfectly clean and tidy homes and nice clothes. Hospitality focuses on welcoming, relationships, simple food, talking and listening. Entertaining aims to impress. Hospitality aims to care for and encourage. Maybe at heart it's about motive because the two can look similar at times. Am I aiming to impress or encourage and care?
Butterfield contends that ordinary Christian hospitality is a powerful means for the gospel in a post-Christian world for all who grace our homes. It’s good for the giver and receiver. It’s a natural way to disciple our children as they take part and observe their parents love and care. She also says hospitality is challenging but worth it because Jesus is worthy of the effort.
Let’s grow together this summer through this book! You can order a copy via this link or pick up one of the few copies left at worship on Sunday.
"Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” 1 Peter 4:8-9