A few days ago I asked Baylor for a good morning hug. She slowly backed away and responded, “But… you see… I’m really so pretty. And pretty people don’t give hugs. [Long pause.] You know… I only give kisses to everybody.”
She then leaned in and gave me a kiss… without a hug.
Where does my daughter learn these things?! Does Dora teach that the attractive among us don’t embrace? “Yo soy hermosa. No hay un abrazo para ti, Boots!”
And since when is giving kisses to EVERYBODY an action that can be qualified with the word only?
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Steve Childers of Reformed Theological Seminary stated recently that the key to evangelism in the 21st century will be hospitality.
I can’t help but think one thing….
Hospitality has always has been the key to evangelism. But not in the way one might assume.
While talk of hospitality in evangelism brings to mind Christians having non-Christians into our homes, inviting pagans to dinner is not exactly what I read in the New Testament. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not at all arguing against being kind to strangers. Inviting the neighborhood over for a barbecue is a great way to build relationships. So is hosting the little league end-of-the-year party.
But my understanding of hospitality’s primary role in evangelism is exactly the opposite. Continue reading
Last week, I spent three nights and parts of four days in Mwakiwasha village, teaching a seminar on CPM. [To read more on what I taught and the nature of that seminar, see cpm training: a turning point in my ministry.] This is an initial report on how I believe that seminar went — both the good and the bad.
There were 15-20 people in attendance at each of the sessions, representing three churches. The group was about half men and half women, with the Mwakiwasha church (the host church) represented far better than the others — as was expected. We spent roughly 20 hours in class and also ate most of our meals together, sometimes discussing further what we’d studied that day. Continue reading