Untamed Hospitality: Welcoming God and Other Strangers

Untamed Hospitality: Welcoming God and Other Strangers

by Elizabeth Newman


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Christian hospitality is more than a well-set table, pleasant conversation, or even inviting people into your home. Christian hospitality, according to Elizabeth Newman, is an extension of how we interact with God. It trains us to be capable of welcoming strangers who will challenge us and enhance our lives in unexpected ways, readying us to embrace the ultimate stranger: God.

In Untamed Hospitality, Newman dispels the modern myths of hospitality as a superficial commodity that can be bought and sold at The Pottery Barn and restores it to its proper place within God's story, as displayed most fully in Jesus Christ. Worship, she says, is the believer's participation in divine hospitality, a hospitality that cannot be sequestered from our economic, political, or public lives. This in-depth study of true hospitality will be of interest to professors, students, and scholars looking for a fresh take on a timeless subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587431760
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Series: Christian Practice of Everyday Life Series
Edition description: ANN
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Newman (PhD, Duke University) is professor of theology and ethics at Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. She is the coeditor for Studies in Baptist History and Thought and has published numerous articles in theology and ethics, including essays on theology and science, Christian identity and higher education, the priesthood of all believers, baptism, and the Lord's Supper.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     11
Introduction     13
A "Strange Apprehension" of the Grace of God
The Distortions of Hospitality     19
The Strange Hospitality of Christian Worship     41
Hospitality as a Vigilant Practice
The Challenge of Science and Economics: How the Faith of Hospitality Tells a Different Story     73
Ethics as Choosing My Values? How the Hope of Hospitality Lies Elsewhere     105
The Politics of Higher Education: How the Love of Hospitality Offers an Alternative     123
Hospitality as a Unifying Practice
A Divided House? Hospitality and the Table of Grace     147
Strange Hospitality to the Stranger     173
Notes     193
Index     225

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