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THE GOSPEL COMES WITH A HOUSE KEY: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World
Rosaria Butterfield

The word “hospitality” can often create various levels of anxiety because of the perfect images of fashionably dressed hosts and impeccable homes that media and culture bombard us with. Yet, Rosaria Butterfield, in The Gospel Comes with a House Key, casts a far more reassuring and ordinary vision for what hospitality should actually look like. Using engaging stories from her own experiences of being on the receiving end of radically ordinary hospitality, Butterfield shows how one’s simple, but authentic, welcome can become a bridge for the gospel to reach the lost friends and neighbors in your life. This type of hospitality views our homes as God’s tools where authentic love and grace can be seen in action, revealing what true Christian faith looks like.

"One of the hallmarks of the people of God is supposed to be hospitality. But in an age of commuter churches, towns disemboweled by shopping malls, and lives that are overscheduled and full of ceaseless activity, hospitality is something which, like true friendship, is at a premium. In this book, Rosaria Butterfield makes a bold case for putting hospitality back into the essential rhythm of the church’s daily life. She sets the bar very high—and there is plenty of room here for disagreement on some of the proposals and details—but the basic case, that church is to be a community marked by hospitality, is powerfully presented and persuasively argued." -Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies, Grove City College

"This book isn’t for those who want to live the comfortable Christian life. Rosaria proves there is no such thing. She has a unique way of blending personal story and theological teaching that challenges the reader to engage in areas of both agreement and disagreement. I was sharpened well in both cases." -Aimee Byrd, author, 'Why Can't We Be Friends?' and 'No Little Women'

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

Priceless: The Merit of Hospitality

The Jesus Paradox: The Vitality of Hospitality

Our Post-Christian World: The Kindness of Hospitality

God Never Gets the Address Wrong: The Providence of Hospitality

The Gospel Comes with a House Key: The Seal of Hospitality

Judas in the Church: The Borderland of Hospitality

Giving up the Ghosts: The Lamentation of Hospitality

The Daily Grind: The Basics of Hospitality

Blessed Are the Merciful: The Hope of Hospitality

Walking the Emmaus Road: The Future of Hospitality

Conclusion: Feeding the Five Thousand: The Nuts and Bolts and Beans and Rice

Acknowledgments

Notes

Recommended Reading

General Index

Scripture Index

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