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10 Things THE CHURCH Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 7:28am | Type: Blog

The Christian church is full of Christians, right? Sadly, the reality is the answer to that question is heavily dependent on whom you are asking. The Christian church is full of ...

The Blessings That We Refuse
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

Immigrants are a blessing, not a curse. They are assets, not deficits. I have learned this the hard way after seven years working with the New York City New Sanctuary Movement. ...

Discipleship and Strangers: A Cup of Cold Water
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

A cup of cold water is the minimal requirement for what the Scripture calls hospitality or in the original language, xenophilia — love of the stranger. Jesus says that whoever gives a cup of cold water to thes ...

Luke 15:11-32, Migration, and our Prodigal Public
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 1:20pm | Type: Blog

While the parable of Luke 15:11-32 is about many things (and it is filled with countless lessons), one can argue that it is about the restoration of community through radical hospitality. ...

When Radical Welcome Gets Messy
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

It’s easier to guide the vision and mission of a church you start. It’s another thing to help a 135-year-old congregation reimagine what it means to be a downtown urban church in a world that has changed drama ...

No Pews, No Suits, No Problem.
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

They may not have steeples or stained glass, but the nontraditional churches say they are finding success tapping into a segment of society that may otherwise have been lost. At these churches, attendees often ...

An Advent Reflection: Being a Hospitality House
Originally Posted: 12/19/2011 - 7:26am | Type: Blog

We’re a house of hospitality when we learn to wait, when we learn to open ourselves to grace, when we let love transform us, one relationship at a time. Before Leah and I moved to ...