Neighboring: Loving Your Neighbor

The Gospel and Loving Our Neighbors

While sitting in a local coffee shop enjoying a cup of espresso and reading for my upcoming theology seminars, a simple question struck me as I looked around the shop, and it simmered in my mind for days as I mulled over my answer. The question emerging was simple:...

Why Hospitality Is for All Christians

The Diverse Family of God Radically ordinary hospitality—those who live it—see strangers as neighbors and neighbors as family of God. They recoil at reducing a person to a category or a label. They see God’s image reflected in the eyes of every human being on earth....

10 Things You Should Know about Christian Hospitality

1. Hospitality reflects the gospel. Faithful Christians are—and have always been—a strange minority in a hostile world. Redeemed by Christ, we have lost our old lives—and with our lives, we have left behind the history, identity, and people who once claimed us....

5 Myths about Hospitality

Myth #1: Only people with the “gift” of hospitality are expected to practice it. Hospitality is...

Walking in God’s Prepared Place

Walking in God’s Prepared Place

My wife, Rebecca, and I had been living in an apartment we did not like, and we were ready to get out of there. The day we moved moving into that apartment, one of the neighboring apartments was making much commotion. A man and a woman were having a heated discussion...

I Was, and You…

I Was, and You…

As I have stated elsewhere, our church’s “mission statement”—which is simply our way of putting a biblical gospel mission into our own words—is: “Worshiping God and welcoming all, with gospel truth and neighbor love.” That fits well with this current Servants of Grace...

God Saves Neighborhoods

God Saves Neighborhoods

Jonah 3:4, 5, 10—“Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, ‘Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’ And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least...

Living Next Door to Urkel

Living Next Door to Urkel

My family, along with our missional community, has been devoted to being good neighbors in this overlooked neighborhood for the past three years. We’ve walked the streets, played with children on the playground, welcomed people to eat meals with us in the park, served...

The Gospel at Work

The Gospel at Work

Most Americans spend 40-60 hours each week at work, which averages out to 90,000 hours spent at work in one's lifetime.[i] Yet, many Americans are unhappy with their current job. Work is seen as something that is necessary in order to make a living and be able to do...

Loving by Listening and Why It Matters

Loving by Listening and Why It Matters

I’m in the presence of an oxygen-breathing, image-bearing, eternal soul, yet I struggle to focus on what he or she is saying. I wish it were as easy as putting away my phone or turning down the music, but it’s not that simple. Those things certainly help, but they...