“All Nations” Includes Our Own: An Election Season Reminder

The Great Commission is to "all nations." Usually in missions speak, this phrase refers to ethnolinguistic people groups. These groups go by a lot of names: tribes, nations, peoples, etc. And surely, there are no tribes, no people groups, no population segments that the church can leave out of this disciple-making mission. Some people groups…

Chiming In: 99% of Immigrants Feel More Welcome After a Dinner

It is an interesting time when the Huffington Post beats many churches to principles of Christian hospitality, but that is precisely what has happened in a recent article they published called, "99% of Immigrants Feel More Welcome After a Dinner." The premise of this article should be common sense, but for many (and I mean…

Receiving Hospitality as Gospel Ministry: Three Rules to Live By

  Last week I wrote on the importance of showing hospitality to those around us. Hospitality is an important part of displaying Christ’s love, but there is another side to it that gets overlooked. We emphasize showing hospitality, but I think that learning how to receive hospitality is equally important. This is especially true in…

Hospitality is Hard, But You Should Do it Anyway

The following is a guest piece by Meredith Cooper on the challenge and necessity of hospitality in gospel ministry. Its practical and I think most of us can relate to the scenarios she discusses below. Hospitality is a word I hear a lot in conjunction with ministry training. It is now a common subject in…

Chiming in: “Learning to Love Foreigners Well”

Over at Urban Mango, Lori McDaniel recently posted a helpful article on loving foreigners. We spend a lot of time talking about that same issue here on this blog, so I thought I would bring her post to your attention and chime in with a few thoughts on my own. Here are some of Lori's…

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Gospel Hospitality: The Sanctifying Effect of Dinner Guests

We both know the feeling. That anxiety you get when you walk through the door right after work and immediately fly into cleaning your house. At some point, you thought it would be a good idea to invite them over for dinner. But now, in the moment, you are dashing around the house trying to…

When was the last time you ate with an unbeliever?

While He was reclining at the table in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came as guests to eat with Jesus and His disciples (Matt 9:10, HCSB). I am in Orlando right now preparing to speak at a conference on "gospel hospitality." Sounds like a buzzword, right? It can be, but like all catch…