Saturday, November 5, 2005

PRINCIPLES OF BIBLICAL HOSPITALITY

I am preparing a workshop for the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) annual convention in a few weeks here in Indianapolis. I title the presentation: "Stop Providing Services; Offer Hospitality." It is geared toward challenging those who would engage in transformative and socially redemptive outreach to consider moving beyond "rescue" and "service provider" models. A few principles undergirding my preparation and presentation:

  1. 1. Hospitality is subversive of the status quo and is a sign of the upside-down Kingdom.
  2. Hospitality expresses the grace of a heart-centered faith.
  3. Hospitality gives human shape and presence to the truth we proclaim.
  4. Hospitality, by making room, makes real the hope of the Kingdom.
  5. Hospitality, by refusing to refuse those otherwise refused, simultaneously stands against domination and risks consequences.
  6. Hospitality opens up the possibility of a person finding recovery or a group transforming themselves-- and making a needed contribution to the whole.
  7. Hospitality opens up the possibility of the host being changed—transformed—and to receive a needed gift.

I'm thinking about fleshing out these principles on bikehiker blog over the next few weeks. Let me know if you're interested in any particular one, or in hospitality as a radical expression of the Gospel in general.

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