An Ecclesiological Practice of Ministry
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Publisher: University Press of America
Number of Pages: 82
Width: 14.2 cm
Height: 21.7 cm
The term hospitality describes a state of generosity, accommodation, and consideration towards others. The Shalom Church, which views hospitality as a gift, seeks not to control the gift, but to share and celebrate it in practice. When the practice is intentional it will become embedded in one's lifestyle. This adherence is reached when one considers hospitality as a biblical and moral obligation, where every encounter with the other will be viewed through the lens of hospitableness. Fortunately, humanity always moves from host/stranger to stranger/host. In Christian theology, the giver and receiver are one of equal regard. Since there are no permanent positions in life, persons are always moving in and out of situations where they sometimes experience being the host, and other times the stranger. Hospitality becomes the means by which equal regard and moral obligation are exercised. Proclamation is the tool that shapes the practice and develops a committed relationship with hospitality.