One of my goals this year was to learn in a tangible way (not just in theory), what biblical hospitality looks like. I've been blown away at how God has already answered this prayer in just the first half of the year, and I'm excited to see what else there is to learn!
I've written about hospitality several times on the blog, but there are a few resources that I go to over and over that I just love. For those who are wondering "where do I start?" for both the heart motive of hospitality and also in the practical, I have some great resources for you.
hospitality: the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.
"Meal with Jesus" by Tim Chester
I've only made a dent in this book and it's already highlighted a ton! I'm loving Tim's depth of perspective on how Jesus loved the most broken people in society, using food as a catalyst for that. Get the book here.
"For the Love" by Jen Hatmaker
Although this book isn't solely about hospitality, she talks a lot about how food draws communities together and gives a safe place for relationships to form and deepen. I love her thoughts on Supper Club and the value of cooking in this book.
If you sign up for the IF:Table newsletter, you will receive a monthly email with recipe inspiration and gospel focused blog posts about sharing a meal and extending hospitality. They even sell conversation cards (you can also download them for free). This has been a great resource for my own Supper Club, especially when I was first thinking through what I wanted that time to look like.
Gospel Coalition Podcast on Hospitality
Here's the link to the podcast - such great stuff including how to think about other cultures and welcoming strangers into our home.
And here are all the posts I've written myself on the topic. Click the picture to read the post.