Such hospitality makes your home a hospital, a place where people can find healing and grace, physical and spiritual good. Christians will be inspired and equipped to use their homes and tables as a way of showing a skeptical, unbelieving world what love and authentic faith really look like. Butterfield rightly stresses that our witness in a post-Christian culture demands a lifestyle like this. Schedule Friday, June 21, 2019 5:30 p. We tend to view our homes as sanctuaries, places we can retreat from the world instead of opening up to the world. Welcome and Announcements 8:00 a.
Unfortunately, this way of life is all too rare, which is why it is radical. We fear not having enough to give, or not having nice enough things to give. It is a lifestyle all of his followers must learn to live. Session Three, Rosaria Butterfield 11:30 a. They knew God had placed him next door on purpose, however, so they reached out to him, prayed for him, and gently rebuked neighbors who talked bad about him.
Jesus modeled such hospitality, the Bible commands us to practice this kind of hospitality, and the church is meant to live out this kind of hospitality. In 1999, after repeatedly reading the Bible in large chunks for her research, Rosaria converted to Christianity. It makes your home an incubator, a place where people can be built up, supported, and strengthened in Christ. A response to that article triggered a meeting with Ken Smith, who became a resource on the Religious Right and their Bible, a confidant, and a friend. Book Signing Saturday, June 22, 2019 7:00 a.
Rather, she uses her experience to show what hospitality looks like and how anyone can do it, even with a limited budget, multiple kids, or a small house. Session One, Rosaria Butterfield 8:00 p. Welcome and Announcements 7:15 p. Question and Answer Session 8:30 p. However, the biblical call to hospitality is a call to much more. Her historical focus was 19th century literature, informed by Freud, Marx, and Darwin. .
Session Two, Rosaria Butterfield 8:45 a. Rosaria is married to Kent, a Reformed Presbyterian pastor in North Carolina, and is a homeschool mother, author, and speaker. Such hospitality welcomes those who look, think, believe, and act differently from us into our own everyday, sometimes messy lives. Radically ordinary hospitality is not a quick fix and it is not always easy. She brings that same clarity to her discussion of outreach and interface between believers and their neighbors and community in order to exemplify and communicate the Gospel.
Raised and educated in liberal Catholic settings, Rosaria fell in love with the world of words. Her memoir The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert chronicles that difficult journey. She relates many other personal examples as well, from her neighborhood, her church, or years of fostering children, adopting several of them. We make our clean homes or nice possessions into idols, thinking it more important to have clean carpet or nice furniture than people coming into our homes who might mess those things up. Butterfield makes the biblical case for such hospitality, but what makes her book unique is how she demonstrates what it looks like and the difference it makes, mostly from her own experiences. In a world where even believers increasingly are disconnected from churches, we must work hard to connect beyond our worship services. Her primary academic field was critical theory, specializing in queer theory.
For example, she opens the book talking about her neighbor, Hank. Question and Answer Session 12:00 p. Welcoming strangers and neighbors into our lives and homes should be our default lifestyle. In a world that increasingly mistrusts Christians, unbelievers must see that we live what we say. The word hospitality often invokes a scene of a gracious, impeccably fashioned host welcoming guests into a beautifully appointed home prepared with perfectly-presented meals.
The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World. Question and Answer Session 9:30 a. Rosaria is zealous for hospitality, loves her family, cherishes dogs, and enjoys coffee. . .
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