New Blog Post: Contagious Holiness: Jesus’ Meals with Sinners (June 10/12))

Last week we started a new sermon series on biblical hospitality, which is a theme I’ve borrowed from Craig L. Blomberg’s book called, Contagious Holiness: Jesus’ Meals with Sinners (InterVarsity Press, 2005). Accordingly, we briefly explored Mark 2:13-17 NIV, where Jesus calls Levi the tax collector to follow him, and then he dines at his home. In the ancient Jewish world, to eat with someone was an expression of friendship, so by eating with Levi and his tax collector colleagues, Jesus was saying to the sick and sinners of this world that he was a friend. Although Levi is the one showing Jesus hospitality in this story in terms of inviting him to his home, Jesus actually performs the greater act of hospitality by eating with these “sinners and tax collectors.” Eating with people is a natural and effective way to show hospitality, in order to develop friendships, in order to love people into the Kingdom of God. Did you know that June is block party month in Lacombe? Accordingly, you’re all invited to show hospitality in some way this month and in the future. I’m pleased to report that our family co-hosted a barbecue on our avenue tonight, which allowed us to meet and love our neighbors–thanks be to God!  So who are the “tax collectors and sinners” of this community and the world, and how can you show such people radical hospitality, the kind that Jesus showed to Levi and his friends?

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