• Hospitality resources from Women of the ELCA (free download).
• God's Welcome: Hospitality for a Gospel-Hungry World by Amy Oden (Pilgrim Press, 2008).
• Radical Welcome: Embracing God, the Other, and the Spirit of Transformation by Stephanie Spellers (Church Publishing, 2006; enter code RADELCA at checkout for a 25 percent discount).
• Talking Together As Christians Cross-Culturally: A Field Guide (Augsburg Fortress).
• Giving and Receiving Hospitality for youth and children (free download).
Let's get one thing straight: hospitality isn't easy. Gospel hospitality is downright gutsy. In an age of polarization, pundits and security concerns, gospel hospitality reveals mission for what it is — an extreme sport. Before leaping out on faith, it's surprising we aren't asked to sign a disclaimer. If we did, it might read something like this:
In committing to offer God's welcome, I am free to engage in gospel hospitality at its relational, eye-opening, life-changing and, yes, risky best.
Mardell Johnson (left) made Ann Tews feel welcome at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minn. (See No. 7.)
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