I read a great little book today by John Koenig entitled New Testament Hospitality. Its a fairly slim, not particularly well-known, academic study of the hospitality theme within the NT – particularly Acts. I suspect Chester’s book, Meal with Jesus, says similar things but haven’t got round to reading that one yet. The thesis of the book is that hospitality often acts as a catalyst for mission, with Acts being like an anthology of guest-host stories. Hospitality includes the smaller and larger koinonia gatherings, to which people would have naturally bought along ‘outsiders’ to enjoy, observe, and participate with these attractive ‘banquet communities’. Koenig describes the table as the providential place of opportunity – to talk, laugh, share, and help – places where the power of God in creating these new communities can be seen and experienced first hand. So . . . eat food, have fun, invite friends, adorn the gospel. Now there’s an evangelistic strategy we can all drink to.