Bible--New Testament--Ethics

FOOD, FAITH, AND FILM: Cultivating a spirituality of Hospitality in a Presbyterian Congregation.

Author
Robert Elliot Martin D.Min.
Abstract
Welcoming strangers into a home and offering them food, shelter, and protection were historically key components in the practice of hospitality. Many consider the church to be a home. How do we extend welcome and hospitality to those in our context? In this paper, I link the power of storytelling in film to developing a theology of hospitality. To share meals with strangers is one of the most powerful and practical things we can do to help the church shape a more just and hospitable spirituality. Through film, the study of scripture, prayer practices, and table discussions, can we link our present and future faith practices to a theology of hospitality? A final analysis will allow us to begin clarifying what effective and transformative practices of hospitality in the name of Christ looks like.

God and the family of faith as active partners in parenting

Author
Thomas C Hartley
Abstract
Pastoral care of parents can effectively take place in a peer support group in which biblical models of Christian parenting are shared to help parents make a connection between faith and daily tasks of parenting. This project presents a six-week Bible study for parents in which group participants identify role models and biblical values, measuring them against formative family stories, and offer one another mutual support as Christian parents. Bible texts include Gen 1:26-31; Deut 6:4-13; Isa 46:1-13; 2 Sam 7:1-17; Lk 15:11-32; Rom 3:9-12,21-31; Gal 3:25-28; Phil 1:3-11. This six-week parent support group helps parents identify faith values, offer support to one another, and strengthen identity as Christian parents surrounded by a caring Christian community.
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