In this final episode on Making Room we explore ways that we can begin to create for ourselves a rhythm of hospitality. Beginning with gratitude, recognizing the culture of busy-ness, and continuing to share the stories of hospitality are three ways that we can resist mainstream culture that keeps us separated, blind, and estranged from one another. Additionally, we have to recognize that we cannot host every stranger all the time. We are humans and we need time for rest and renewal.
If we can structure our lives around these principles, we can begin to incorporate sacred hospitality into every area of life: in our hearts, in our homes, in our churches, in our workplaces, and yes, even in our politics.
Considering these final two chapters (8 & 9), we saw many opportunities for overlap in our own lives and in the congregation we serve, Myers Park Baptist. Through our tactics on small groups and the Awakening to Immigrant Injustice series, we are already beginning to break down barriers that have been built over time. How will you begin breaking down those barriers? How is God calling you to do the next small thing to become more hospitable? We'd love to know your thoughts!
We hope you enjoy this last episode! Stay tuned for our new series on Brene Brown's newest book, Braving the Wilderness. In-person small groups are welcoming new members now for this book study. Check out the options here: https://myersparkbaptist.org/event/braving-the-wilderness-group/
Welcome back after a couple of weeks off for Christmas and New Years travel! Did you all put your hospitality to the test in this season? If so, we want to know all about it! Add your story in the comments section!
In this episode we're doing a few things new.
First, we've invited a guest to be on the podcast (isn't that hospitable of us?). His name is Daniel and he's a new member at MPBC.
Next, we've moved into the realm of Disney Theme Songs with our musical selection. To all of you who followed simply for the classic rock and grunge, I'm sorry. To all those parents out there who have forgotten what decent music sounds like... this one is for you! Really, though, I can't believe we hadn't thought about this song for our musical introduction yet! Thanks Daniel for helping out with that one!
And finally, we're in a new section of the book called "Recovering the Practice." So we're moving from history and information to practical stuff. How do we begin to do this thing called hospitality? Where are the limits and tensions? In this episode, focusing on Chapter 7, we talk about tensions between scarcity and abundance, holy possibility and human limitation, arrogance and humility. It's clearly a jam-packed conversation.
As you listen and reflect on your own work with this chapter, consider what your own limits and boundaries might currently be. How is God calling you to stretch those places and lean into something a little more vulnerable... a little more risky... and a little more welcoming?