Hospitality

Most Want Peace In Israel and Palestine: A Conversation with Jimmy Doyle

Most lands us in trouble. The word most gets us in trouble, not most people. When we want to lay claim to the popular position or opinion we use most; even if we know it runs into the wall of fallacies. Read More

Hospitable to the Hostile – Jesus Harbored in Derrida?

I hope to come back and comment on this. My morning read had me mashing some things up.

Demonstrating his own openness to continual revision, Derrida coined a new sign – hospitality – by synthesizing the words “hospitality” and “hostility.” Noting that both come from the same root word, the French hote – which can mean host, guest or stranger – he suggests that authentic hospitality necessitates hostility toward the person or idea one welcomes. Otherwise, acts of hosting are nothing more than exchanges of entertainment among friends. (Changing Signs of Truth, Downing, Kindle, loc 1843)

Jesus,

Then Jesus said to the person who had invited him, “When you host a lunch or dinner, don’t invite your friends, your brothers and sisters, your relatives, or rich neighbors. If you do, they will invite you in return and that will be your reward. Instead, when you give a banquet, invite the poor, crippled, lame, and blind. (Luke 14:12-13, CEB)

And,

Luke,

All the tax collectors and sinners were gathering around Jesus to listen to him. The Pharisees and legal experts were grumbling, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” (Luke 15:1-2, CEB)

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Extending the Command of Jesus

Minimalist visions often require less than more robust, radical notions. Sometimes I think we forget the trajectory of Jesus’ command to love one another. John-the-letter-writer helps construct the community vision for living out the words of Jesus. But, it cannot stop with the internal habits of an exclusive community. The amazement of the group in Acts 10 opened up a new range of possibilities when they marveled that the Good News had come to a people once considered dogs, those outside the pale. Maybe Parker Palmer will stir something in all of us.

Friday Photo – Waiting

On our way from San Cristobal Verapaz to Antigua we stopped for breakfast. The owner crafted an oasis of sorts for his guests. We enjoyed the company of a beautiful peacock. The landscaping beyond the restaurant highlighted the beauty of the landscape.

Located adjacent our table was a seating area where customers could enjoy an open fire. The light shining in the window created fascinating shadows. I could not help but think the place was waiting. I imagined the life shared around the open flame and wondered how long the space would wait. Surely stories would be told, laughs shared.

These are the sorts of spaces and places the open up friendship. Read More

Friendship Nine Years Later – Happy Birthday Spencer Burke

Stanley Hauerwas remarked in Character and the Christian Life,  a quote I read in Kallenberg’s Ethics as Grammar,

I have always tried to write in a way that defies summary. If a work can be summarized it is not a genuine exercise in understanding since the point can be grasped separate from the execution. In fact it is my conviction that the execution is more important than the point since I find I learn the most from others by attending not only to what they say but how they say it.

Some of the best advice I have ever been given came courtesy of a phone conversation with Spencer Burke. He invited registered members of theooze.com to join him in a learning journey in 2002 dubbed, ETREK. The nine-month-long learning experience combined conference calls, coaching calls, and peer calls with two face-to-face events – one at the beginning and one at the end. There were nine of us. Read More