To be authentic, as a Christian, means I am to be true to the person Christ has named me, not the person I think I am inside. I am to live according to what God says I am – His redeemed child, a person remade in the image of Christ – and I now act in line with that identity. As a Christian, saved by grace through faith, I am not authentic when I sin. I’m sinning against my newfound identity. I am being inauthentic when I choose to disobey God, when I give in to temptation. I’m rejecting the identity God has spoken over me. True authenticity is not accepting my own self-expression but accepting the self-expression of God through Jesus Christ.

Trevin Wax, This Is Our Time: Everday Myths in Light of the Gospel

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Authenticity from “This is Our Time” by Trevin Wax

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Christian hospitality is empowered by the Spirit of the hospitable God. We have been graciously invited to participate in this divine hospitality and given many gifts, many tongues, and many practices through which to meet, interact with, and perhaps even bless religious others. Along the way, the Spirit of hospitality will transform us precisely through the interreligious encounter into the image of Jesus, even as we hope and pray – to the point of daring to believe – that as guests and hosts we can be instruments of the hospitable God for the reconciliation, healing, and redemption of the world.

Hospitality & The Other: Pentecost, Christian Practices, and the Neighbor, p. 160
Amos Yong

Christianity & Islam, Holy Spirit, Hospitality

The Spread of Islam, Building a Cast, and a Little Child Will Lead Them

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Take a few minutes of your wonderful Saturday to check out these links:

The folks at Global Initiative talk about why training local churches to reach Muslims is imperative.
One of my favorite fiction writing blogs/podcasts talks about how to build your cast in a way that makes sense and serves the story.
This 3 minute video of interviews with Christian children who have escaped war in the Middle East may make you seriously think about Jesus’ call to forgive.