Christian Hospitality – A Reading List

April 26, 2018 — Leave a comment

 

This week, I read Christianity Today’s interview with Rosaria Butterfield, on her new book The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World. The interview piqued my interest in the book, but it also raised questions about the nature and ends of Christian hospitality. 

 

Here’s a list of the most helpful books I’ve found on the Christian practice of hospitality.
(This list includes, and builds on, the list of recommended books on hospitality from Slow Church that I co-authored with John Pattison)

 

By ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith

 

 

I Was A Stranger: A Christian Theology of Hospitality 

Arthur Sutherland

 

Hospitality is not simply the practice of a virtue but is integral to the very nature of Christianity’s position toward God, self, and the world—it is at the very center of what it means to be a Christian and to think theologically. He offers a challenging definition of hospitality and calls us to a practice that is the virtue by which the church stands or falls.
 




 

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IMAGE CREDIT: Detail from the cover of Christine Pohl’s Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition