I presented a building definition of hospitality in the sermon last week. For those who would like to have that definition to carry with them, here it is… with thanks from Tim Keller. Continue reading
This week’s sermon is on hospitality. I ran across this quote, which is likely at the heart of the message from which I will be speaking…
“But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking, no coincidences. A secret Master of the Ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends “You have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The Friendship is not a reward for our discrimination and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each the beauties of all the others. They are no greater than the beauties of a thousand other men; by Friendship God opens our eyes to them. They are, like all beauties, derived from Him through the Friendship itself, so that it is His instrument for creating as well as for revealing. At this feast it is He who has spread the board and it is He who has chosen the guests. It is He, we may dare to hope, who sometimes does, and always should, preside. Let us not reckon without our Host.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
For the remainder of this year we will be looking at the Gospel of Luke under the big umbrella theme of generosity. Generosity in the sense of not simply writing a check, but how Jesus’ love and mercy affects every part of our lives. Continue reading
How many remember the television series Dragnet? I am a bit young to remember the series, but not the iconic line used by Joe Friday, “Just the facts, ma’am”. When Friday was investigating a crime, he desired all the information funnelled down to the facts on hand. He didn’t want to be distracted by the tangents, opinions or the emotional states witnesses and victims can bring to the situation. He was working towards the bottom line to solve the crime.