Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Aug 3, 1999 - Religion - 205 pages
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Although hospitality was central to Christian identity and practice in earlier centuries, our generation knows little about its life-giving character. Making Room revisits the Christian foundations of welcoming strangers and explores the necessity, difficulty, and blessing of hospitality today.

Combining rich biblical and historical research with extensive exposure to contemporary Christian communities -- the Catholic Worker, L'Abri, L'Arche, and others -- this book shows how understanding the key features of hospitality can better equip us to faithfully carry out the practical call of the gospel.
 

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Contents

Introduction A New Look at an Old Tradition
3
Ancient and Biblical Sources
16
A Short History of Christian Hospitality
36
Hospitality Dignity and the Power of Recognition
61
The Strangers in Our Midst
85
Hospitality from the Margins
104
The Fragility of Hospitality Limits Boundaries Temptations
127
Making a Place for Hospitality
150
The Spiritual Rhythms of Hospitality
170
Communities of Hospitality
188
Select Bibliography
196
Index
201
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Christine D. Pohl is professor of Christian social ethics at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky.

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