Monday, July 28, 2008

Theology on tap: I'll drink to that

It's been said that everything becomes its opposite.

Masonic lodges began in taverns, and now many Masonic jurisdictions, especially in the South, frown on or ban alcoholic consumption anywhere near a lodge building. These rules crept in because of teetotaling "religious" men, primarily Baptists and Methodists, taking charge of various grand lodges. The Southern Baptist Convention even called for a new Prohibition back in 2006.

Its refreshing to know that other Christian denominations don't have that same alcohol prohibition mentality.

At least one church has begun holding meetings — religious discussion groups — in a tavern.

Our Shepherd Lutheran Church of Severna Park, Maryland, started "Theology on Tap" last January, where they talk about religious topics and drink.

They've been meeting at Ellie's Place in Millersville in a private room where they discuss subjects like creation vs. evolution or how to live according to one's faith in the workplace, according to Baltimore's Channel 13 website.

I'll drink to that.

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2 comments:

  1. In my church, it's often said, "When two or three are gathered together in my name, there will always be a fifth."

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  2. There is actually an interenational movement getting a lot of attention called the "emergent" movement. Many "emergent" Christians gather in bars monthly. In Scotland, the Ikon Community actually creates worship experiences in pubs.

    Some have even suggested that the future of the church will be to go underground, perhaps into a new phase of the church as a secret society, as it once was in its earliest years.

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