Wednesday, January 16, 2008

"Hospitality has lost its edge in the contemporary church.
We no longer see it as a weighty moral issue;
it is now more about manners than morals...
But the hospitality of Jesus was controversial.
He chafed against the limits of social propriety
by welcoming prostitutes and adulterers,
crooks and outcasts into his gracious presence.
His hospitality knew no limit.
It was not just indiscriminate: it was promiscuous."

"The Other 'H' Word,"
Mark Ralls,
The Christian Century
, 2005.