Hospitality, Special Needs Parents, and Hyped Hearts

10 Things You Should Know About Christian Hospitality

When Rosaria Butterfield lived as a lesbian in a diverse LGBTQ community in New York in the 1990s, someone’s home was open every night for anyone in their community. “If the church felt the priority of our brotherhood and sisterhood over and against our fleshly identities,” she says, “we too would make hospitality a priority.” Rosaria teaches Christians how to use their homes as a way to show the world authentic love looks like in her new book, The Gospel Comes with a House Key. While you wait for the book to be released (April 30!), read Rosaria's list of ten things to know about Christian hospitality.

Special Needs Kids Don’t Need Special Parents

When Dianne Dokko Kim’s son was diagnosed with autism, she thought God had picked the wrong mom. “Before Autism, my hazy impression of special needs parents was that they were a rare breed of human, noble souls preternaturally gifted with patience and oozing with otherworldly enlightenment,” she writes. “That is, until God picked me, a spectacularly less than average woman.” Taking care of a child with special needs doesn’t require a special person, Dianne says. “It only requires humble faith in an extraordinary God.” Read this post.

Does Your Heart Run on Hype?

“Have you ever felt like the odd one out at a church service, the only one who’s not ‘feeling it’? Does it sometimes seem like everyone else is on the emotional mountaintop and you’ve been left behind in the valley?” In this post, Matt Merker gives three reasons why we “shouldn’t expect each Lord’s Day to produce an off-the-charts mountaintop experience, and why we can instead delight in the regular, ordinary, supernatural joy of engaging with God together.” Read this post.

MLK50 Conference Media Now Available

In case you missed it: all video and audio from MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop were made available earlier this week! I have downloaded these sessions onto my phone and listened to them as I’ve sat in traffic and folded laundry and cooked breakfast, and I’m definitely not the only person who has done so. According to Collin Hansen, the livestream of the conference has been viewed more than 1 million times. Praise God that He is “working for His glory in this sensitive subject matter!” Watch the conference messages.

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Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep is a hospital teacher, a seminary student, and a Lyme patient living in Texas, where God continuously sustains her through Scripture, dry shampoo, and Mexican food. She blogs her journey through medical treatment at www.apatientprocess.com with the hope that her words will be a picture of the Lord’s perfect faithfulness in chronic pain; for even in suffering, God is good.

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