The Hospitality of God: It’s So Much More Than You Think


Today I stumbled upon something that gave me great joy. While it may sound strange, I hope you’ll understand.

I discovered the book that I would have written if I could have written it. Sound strange? It’s true.

Caleb Camp’s soon to be released book entitled, The Hospitality of God (published by Westbow Press) says virtually everything that, for the last fifteen years, I’ve either said or have wanted to say on the subject of biblical hospitality, which is by far the least dealt with theological topic in all of Scripture.

Yes, a former addict turned disciple of Christ who learned about hospitality in Turkey, says it all. Plus some.

As a bonus, he says it well. Camp writes, “…it could be argued that hospitality is a major theme of the Bible and the Gospel. Not only is it a theme, but it could also be argued that hospitality is an expected spiritual discipline of those who follow Christ.”

That’s right. Camp correctly labels hospitality as a spiritual discipline for all believers. It’s more than just inviting a friend over for dinner. It’s threaded into who we are as children of God.

Our western culture has increasingly closed the doors on outsiders. We have created bubbles of protection from people who are different from us. Our churches have become wholly homogenous and diversity has become a word that only those on the other side of the aisle use. We’ve built walls that God never wanted us to build and have begun to wage cultural wars that God never intended us to fight.

The Hospitality of God challenges that mindset by presenting a biblical case for proactively loving the needy and tossing off the chains of judgment and preconception. It examines a wide range of biblical texts through the lens of what the author properly calls, Kingdom Hospitality. Some, like Lot and Rahab the Harlot, you may have already considered in this light, but others, like John 3:16 and the Great Commission, with expert textual analysis may surprise you. Even better, they may convict you.

One of the most important distinctions that Camp makes between what I thought I knew about hospitality and the way that Jesus actually practiced it, is that He (Jesus) was most often the one invited rather than the one hosting the event. For God, being hospitable doesn’t only mean hosting someone. It means looking for someone to care for, accept, and minister to.

By reading The Hospitality of God you’ll learn simple things like the definitions and origins of the word itself. It starts off as a primer but finishes as strong and deep as a master class.  

The topic alone, how we can show others the love of Christ by being charitable and considerate on many levels, is one that pastors and Christian authors have overlooked for far too long. With Camp’s naturally inviting writing style and his burden to break down political, social, and cultural walls of separation in order to show others how to be ambassadors for the Kingdom, The Hospitality of God should effectively become the reference point for anyone looking to learn how to live out their faith in a practical, everyday manner.

One last word of caution: Camp writes clearly and specifically, but that doesn’t mean that adapting hospitality as a new way of life will be easy. That might be the greatest proof that this book has God’s Hand upon it.

The author gives several examples of how and why he came to write this much needed work. Yet, if he falters at all, it’s that he doesn’t include enough personal examples of hospitality in action. Don’t get me wrong. He includes some. He includes some very good ones, but while reading the book I wanted to understand more of how the Turkish culture mirrors what kindness and charity looked like in New Testament times. Even after finishing the book I still want to know more.

My prayer is that Camp will write a follow-up to Hospitality that can satiate my appetite for more of the practical tips and examples of how we can practice hospitality everyday.

I’ve read a ton of great books across a myriad of genres, but I can honestly say that I’ve never read one that I’m convinced American believers need to read right now more than this one.

It’s that good. It’s that important.

About the Author

Michael Andrzejewski

Michael Andrzejewski is a missionary in western Europe who loves to share his stories. An introvert by nature, he swims upstream while struggling to pastor cross-culturally. Passionate about both the Gospel and football, he constantly searches for really good sushi.