Christian Hospitality – A Reading List

April 26, 2018

 

This week, I read Christianity Today’s interview with Rosaria Butterfield, on her new book [easyazon_link identifier=”143355786X” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World[/easyazon_link]. 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 [easyazon_link identifier=”0830841148″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Slow Church [/easyazon_link] that I co-authored with John Pattison)

 

By ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith

 

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[easyazon_link identifier=”0687063248″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]I Was A Stranger: A Christian Theology of Hospitality[/easyazon_link] 

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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