Table Grace: The Role of Hospitality in the Christian Life  -     By: Douglas Webster
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Table Grace: The Role of Hospitality in the Christian Life

Christian Focus / 2012 / Paperback

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When we as Christians open our homes to friends and strangers, set the table, put on a meal, and break bread together, we invite God's blessing. This pattern of hospitality is at the heart of the gospel. Food for the body and food for the soul can and does belong together. In Table Grace, Douglas Webster weaves together a biblical tapestry of hospitality, and reveals its connections to worship, prayer and church renewal.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Christian Focus
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 1845507525
ISBN-13: 9781845507527
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When we as Christians open our homes to friends and strangers, set the table, put on a meal, and break bread together, we invite God's blessing. This pattern of hospitality is at the heart of the gospel. Food for the body and food for the soul can and does belong together.
Table fellowship fits into the New Testament narrative so unobtrusively that we can almost miss it. Jesus used simple hospitality and meal time conversations to share some of the most profound truths of the gospel.
Our Faith is often squeezed into a corner of life reserved for church services and Bible study groups. But God desires to be at the center of our ordinary, every-day life together and never more so than in a home open to others.
Table grace is food for the mind, a metaphor for communion with God.
Table grace is food for the body, a means for sustaining physical strength.
Table grace is food for the soul, a method for understanding God's values
Table grace is food for the hungry, a model for serving Christ and his Kingdom.

Author Bio

Douglas Webster mentors future pastors at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He has a Ph.D. from the University of St. Michael's College, Toronto School of Theology.

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In this exploration of Christian hospitality, Beeson Divinity School professor Webster (Second Thoughts for Skeptics) discusses sharing meals as an important component of living the Christian life. For Webster, hospitality includes expectant waiting; openness to possibility; willingness to be interrupted; trust; eager attentiveness to the guest; and the inclusion of marginalized people at the table. True to the adage that the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach, the book moves from physical hospitality to the centrality of Jesus Christ, “the Bread of Life,” who is “far more important than food.” Webster does a good job of focusing on Bible stories that depict eating together and at offering discussion questions at the end of each chapter. Some may be made uneasy by his caricatures of Pharisees. Some may be motivated to change by a message that attempts to prod people—especially consumer-oriented suburbanites—out of their complacency. Others will relish Webster’s meat and potatoes fare of traditional evangelical theology. (Jan.)Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

"A biblical tapestry of hospitality, revealing its connection to worship, prayer, and the renewal of the church today. A wonderful introduction to a major theme of Scripture. Readable, wise, and engaging."
"...a thoughtful and biblical explanation of the value of hospitality and the importance of 'table grace'. The relevant questions that conclude each chapter help the reader understand why meals with meaning matter. We warmly commend this timely book."

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