John Calvin on Hospitality, Dignity and the Power of Recognition

“Therefore, whatever man you meet who needs your aid, you have no reason to refuse to help him. Say, “He is a stranger,” but the Lord has given him a mark that ought to be familiar to you, by virtue of the fact that he forbids you to despise your own flesh (Isa. 58:7). You... Continue Reading →

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Woven Welcome

Look at Jesus. Hospitality is woven into the incarnation of God in this world. Jesus of Nazareth both needed hospitality and gave it freely. He both needed welcome and provision and space and gave welcome and provision and space. In his lifetime he was a homeless infant, he was a refugee child, he did not... Continue Reading →

The Table

 - - I have been obsessively thinking about hospitality lately, which is part of the reason why I chose to focus on it for our women's retreat.  It started when a whole bunch of families started to bring me food to help with the crazy hardness of mom's illness -- my good friends but also... Continue Reading →

The ladies

Dorothy Sayers wrote a (biting, witty, unafraid) essay on the role of women in society titled The Human-Not-Quite-Human, first published in 1947.  It ended with these words:   "Perhaps it is no wonder that the women were first at the Cradle and last at the Cross.  They had never known a man like this Man--there... Continue Reading →

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