My grandparents began hiding Jews soon after the Waffen-SS confiscated the top floor of their church for a regional headquarters. In the basement of that same building, right under Nazi noses, a shelter was made. My grandfather was the pastor of this church. He figured the Jewish hideaways would be as safe there as anywhere.
If you have a current subscription or current on-line account please log-in here to read the rest of this article. 1 [ Back ] Christine Pohl, Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999), 13. 2 [ Back ] The life and writing of Dr. Pohl has made an indelible impact on my life. Almost everything I've learned about hospitality comes from her. 3 [ Back ] For Geerhardus Vos, "The Wonderful Tree," see http://www.kerux.com/documents/KeruxV6N2A1.asp/ http://www.kerux.com/documents/KeruxV6N2A1.asp . 4 [ Back ] Vos, "The Wonderful Tree." 5 [ Back ] For a full-length treatment on Jesus' table fellowship with sinners in the Gospels, see Craig Blomberg, Contagious Holiness: Jesus' Meals with Sinners (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2005). 6 [ Back ] Pohl, Making Room, 15. 7 [ Back ] John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (1559 trans.; reprint, Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1960), 3.7.6. 8 [ Back ] Christine Pohl and Pamela J. Buck, Study Guide for Making Room (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001), 13. 9 [ Back ] I highly recommend gathering with a few people at your church to study Christine Pohl's book and explore the study guide for how to best recover hospitality as a Christian tradition. 10 [ Back ] Pohl, Making Room, 30.
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