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God’s Welcome: Hospitality for a Gospel-Hungry World

Posted on 14 April 2014 Gavin Glenn

God’s Welcome is a different kind of how-to book for congregations on hospitality – the kind that gives roots, not the kind that is measured with coffee pots and nametags. It is a guide for them on how to become more hospitable and understand why (theology) they are called to be welcoming as Christians and those welcomed by God.

The book grew from and intersection of two trajectories in Oden’s life: one, hew observation that Christianity has been increasingly perceived as unwelcoming, negative, even hostile; the other – a discovery she made as a church historian – that early Christians very radically practiced hospitality because they were profoundly moved by God’s welcome in their own lives and wanted to share it in concrete ways.

Oden took this connection to heart and decided it was time that Christianity reclaimed its roots in God’s welcome. She illuminates this spiritual practice of evangelism by tracing God’s welcome in the Good News and drawing out implications for each congregation as a station for God’s welcome feast. Study group exercises have been created for each chapter and are ideal for use in hospitality study groups, hospitality planning groups, retreat settings and for individual reflection.

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