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Rosaria Butterfield’s The Gospel Comes with a House Key is graciously available free to Christ and Pop Culture members until August 21, 2018, through our partnership with Crossway.
If you’re attentive to Christian publishing trends, you may have noticed competing visions for Christian living. One of them is the path of the radical. The other is the path of the ordinary. It would seem that a thoughtful Christian needs to weigh the options and pick sides.
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But, according to Rosaria Butterfield, you might not have to choose for some aspects of Christian living.
In her book, The Gospel Comes with a House Key, she argues for “radically ordinary” hospitality. As I began reading, this felt like an oxymoron. Ordinary, to me, implies mundane and routine. Radical, on the other hand, seems to suggest life-altering. In reading Butterfield’s book, I realized those two things might not have to be mutually exclusive.
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Interspersed throughout the book are stories of her own journey in practicing Christian hospitality. Butterfield is not only an excellent storyteller, she is also a deep and wise thinker. She deals with all sorts of issues from church discipline, to gender roles, to relating to the gay and **** community. Each of them has organic ties to how a Christian practices hospitality in its radically ordinary form. And she has been deeply formed and marked by each of them.
As showcased by Butterfield, radically ordinary hospitality is “using your Christian home in a daily way that seeks to make strangers neighbors, and neighbors family of God” (31). In a sense, there’s nothing extravagant or mind-blowing about the hospitality she and her family practice throughout the book. Yet, executing what they do requires quite a bit of forethought and planning, something that might daunt casual readers.
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