After thinking about being welcomed at the cool kids table, it wasn’t too much of a leap to thinking about churches. I remember when my wife and I were doing some church shopping, one of the quick ways we crossed a church off of our list was in how much they made us feel welcome. That is, if they said boo to us at all (there were too many times when, even when it was obvious that we were visitors, that we weren’t even greeted).

The kingdom is available to all. You don’t have to be “fixed” or already live a certain way or meet other people’s expectations before you can be a part of things. You can belong before you believe. As my friend Rich Vincent would say, that’s the paradox and mystery of the kingdom. It’s more important to include and welcome and embrace and love others. You may want to take a cue from Jim Altizer

How well do you make others feel welcome?