If hospitality is a model for discipleship, then we need both open doors and clear boundaries.
KAREN SWALLOW PRIOR
Hospitality comes from the same Latin root word from which we get both guest and host. Host refers not only to one who receives a guest but also to an army or multitude — which is why the word hostile comes from the same root word as host and the Latin word for host also meant enemy. The hinge that joins all of these words — guest, host, enemy, hostile, hospitality and even hospital — is stranger. A stranger could be a guest or a host and either could be an enemy. In this way, hospitality — given or received — always entails risk and exposure. continue reading >>
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