Divine hospitality is put on display in God’s great acts of salvation. And God wants God’s people to reflect that lavish hospitality to one another and to expect that God’s own desire is to continue lavishing such abundance on God’s people in the present.
Jeremiah 2:4-13 Strong words from God when Israel does not live up to the story that God has given it. This is a passage for you if you’ve got something strong to say—where have we truly fallen into idolatry?
Psalm 81:1, 10-16 Who is God? Well, what has God done? That tells you who God wants to be, here and now, for the people: God wants to give you good things—better things than you are capable of getting for yourself!
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Hospitality is the answer to the problems besetting the people of God in the OT texts. Hebrews undermines a somewhat useless over-spiritualized ideas about the Christian life.
Luke 14:1, 7-14 A story about communion: God’s radical acceptance of us, lived at the table. It also holds up a mirror to us: how many of us even know someone who doesn’t have the wherewithal to invite us back over for dinner so that we could invite that person to our party?
Jim Kast-Keat is the Associate Minister for Education at Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village of New York City. He is a divergent thinker, an ideation specialist, and an aspiring minimalist. Prior to working at Middle he helped lead ikonNYC, a radical theology collective in New York, NY, worked as a Product Designer with Sparkhouse in Minneapolis, MN and was a pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI. He is the co-host of That’ll Preach, a weekly sermon prep podcast and the creator and curator of Thirty Seconds or Less, a project that shares ideas and amplifies voices every day. To find out more about Jim go to www.jimkastkeat.com or follow him on twitter at @IdeasDoneDaily.
Daniel Kirk is a writer, speaker, and blogger who lives in San Francisco, CA. He is also serving as pastoral director for the Newbigin House of Studies in San Francisco. Daniel holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University and is the author of, Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God and Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? His third book A Man Attested by God: the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels, is hot off the presses. He blogs regularly at StoriedTheology.com (http://patheos.com/blogs/storiedtheology). You can follow him on Twitter @jrdkirk and on Facebook at Facebook.com/jrdkirk.