By Andy Hale
One of the most offensive aspects of Jesus is his disregard for our proclivity towards self by calling us to serve and care for others. How dare he ask us to consider the well-being of others, even when it is not convenient to us. What the Kingdom of God might experience if Jesus’ followers chose service and humility over rightness and being heard…
In the Rule of St. Benedict, it reads, “Hospitality is the way we come out of ourselves. It is the first step toward dismantling the barriers of the world. Hospitality is the way we turn a prejudiced world around, one heart at a time.”
What does hospitality look like in its most basic form?
For Maggie Kane, the executive director of A Place At the Table, hospitality is about tearing down walls. “Society is very separated. We tend to invest in people that are very much like ourselves.”
In January of 2018, A Place At the Table opened as Raleigh’s first “pay what you can” restaurant. The restaurant volunteers and staff are welcoming and inviting in a safe space that provides an opportunity for all people to come and experience conversation and community while enjoying an excellent, fresh, and healthy meal.
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Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start speacialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy