A Christian View of Hospitality: Expecting Surprises

A Christian View of Hospitality: Expecting Surprises

Biblical, Resource Review
By Michele Hershberger. (Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 1999), ISBN: 083619099, 284 pp., $10 US paperback Review by Marta Poling-Goldenne, director for witness ministries in the Division for Congregational Ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Michele Hershberger plumbs the depths of Scripture, contemporary church life, ancient and current cultural rituals, and the ever-present abundance of God's grace in this must-read book. A Christian View of Hospitality invites the reader to reexamine well-read biblical texts through the lens of extraordinary attention to the stranger/guest, the host, and God. The book is delightful combination of devotional refreshment for the haggard parish pastor, often inundated by sad life tales, and spiritual “a-ha” moments for preachers who seek a new look at common lectionary texts. It evokes both laughter and sighs as the reader journeys…
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