The Gospel Comes with a House Key

The Gospel Comes with a House Key

The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World

About The Gospel Comes with a House Key

The word hospitality often invokes a scene of a gracious, impeccably fashioned host welcoming guests into a beautifully appointed home prepared with perfectly-presented meals. However, when the Bible calls Christians to be hospitable, it's calling them to much more. In this book, Rosaria Butterfield invites readers into her home and shows from her own life and experience how "radically ordinary hospitality" can be a bridge for bringing the gospel to lost friends and neighbors—something that she experienced herself on her journey to Christ. Such hospitality welcomes those who look, think, believe, and act differently than us into our own everyday, sometimes messy lives. Christians will be inspired and equipped to use their homes and tables as a way of showing a skeptical, unbelieving world what love and authentic faith really look like.

Table of Contents

Preface: Radically Ordinary Hospitality

1. Priceless: The Merit of Hospitality
2. The Jesus Paradox: The Vitality of Hospitality
3. Our Post Christian World: The Kindness of Hospitality
4. God Never Gets the Address Wrong: The Providence of Hospitality
5. The Gospel Comes with a House Key: The Seal of Hospitality
6. Judas In the Church: The Borderland of Hospitality
7. Giving Up the Ghosts: The Lamentation of Hospitality
8. The Daily Grind: The Basics of Hospitality
9. Blessed are the Merciful: The Hope of Hospitality
10. Walking the Emmaus Road: The Future of Hospitality
Conclusion: Feeding the 5000: The Nuts and Bolts and Beans and Rice

Title:The Gospel Comes with a House Key
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781433557866
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About Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

Rosaria is a former tenured professor of English at Syracuse University. After her conversion to Christianity in 1999, she developed a ministry to college students. She has taught and ministered at Geneva College and is a full-time mother and pastor's wife, part-time author, and occasional speaker.


    The Gospel Comes with a House Key Reviews

  • Jessi

    This is a hard review to write. First, in college I was welcomed by the author into the very type of hospitality she describes in this book. I know that she practices what she preaches, and practices ...

  • Margaret Bronson

    I've been dying to read this book since before it was even released; the Gospel and hospitality? two of my favorite subjects? written by one of my favorite authors? I couldn't wait.Now that I've read ...

  • Rachel Schultz

    This book had some very good parts and some painfully bad. I would love to discuss this book in a group! And I would love having someone like Rosaria live in my neighborhood! My best take away is a re...

  • Jeremy

    Read 5 myths about hospitality here. Hospitality is a habit. WORLD comments here....

  • NinaB

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via #netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have been looking forward to reading this book; first, because the author is one I’ve admir...

  • Andrea

    This is a revised review. At about 30% in I thought I couldn’t take it anymore and called it quits, but I decided to tough it out and complete the book so this is my updated review on the whole thin...

  • Bambi Moore

    4 1/2 stars. This book is thought-stirring and a deeply challenging call on hospitality to the stranger and outcast. She calls us to love our LGBT neighbors with hospitality and hope of the gospel, no...

  • Kelly Sauskojus

    This book floored me. Rosaria Butterfield casts a beautiful image of Christian home as ministry through ordinary, daily hospitality. She strikes the perfect balance between practical details and lovel...

  • Clara Biesel

    This was a bit of a love-hate book for me. I have the deepest respect for the work she is doing in her community. I want to be much more welcoming, and more intentional about how Owen and I open our h...

  • Charity

    My praise: The church needs this message desperately. I love how she emphasized that the gospel isn’t a perfected speech, a rehearsed checklist. It’s walking with.. it’s leaning into and embraci...