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Doubt on Tap – It’s Not About The Beer

Recently there have been many posts around the internet talking about beer and faith. They’ve talked about how churches are using the tavern to bring the gospel to people far from God. It’s been interesting to see the push back from folks in the church world over some of these things.

I was first introduced to the idea by a good friend Bryan Berghoef. Bryan is a pastor in Washington DC, but at the time he was in Traverse City, MI and was doing something called Pub Theology. It was a group of people gathering in a pub and discussing the things that mattered most. I stumbled into this because a guy I was discipling, Zak, had an idea to start something like this in a coffee house (we called it Coffee. Doubt.).

When we launched the Antioch Movement with its emphasis on “table fellowship” we knew that a Pub Theology type thing was going to be a part of what we were going to do. What I saw with Coffee. Doubt. was a gathering of people who really talked and argued and discussed. We saw people of different beliefs get around a table and converse, really converse. We saw relationships form that still last to this very day. There was just something about getting around a table with a good beverage and talking.

This past Tuesday night as we gathered for Doubt on Tap I had no idea what we were going to be talking about. It had already been “one of those weeks” and I hadn’t really done much planning. Our friend Tom had the question and little did I know that this question would change Doubt on Tap for me and give me an ever deeper appreciation for what it is.

The critiques and judgments of gatherings like Doubt on Tap are many. They should cause us pause and be wise. But, before you judge, I beg you to read this first, then let’s have a conversation, oh, and I’ll bring the beer:

Read about the night that changed Doubt on Tap

The Day The Government Shut Down

When I logged in to Facebook today there was one topic on everyone’s mind: the impending shut down of the government. The responses ranged from cynicism, to concern, to fear. Then I read this: Post by Todd Waller. I think Todd’s on to something. The overwhelming negative responses to the government shut down come from… Continue Reading

Welcome to the Desert

For forty days Jesus was tempted in the desert. We typically don’t think about the reality that he was tempted for forty days. We usually just read the narrative and consider the three specific temptations that are listed there: And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty… Continue Reading

The Moment

Have you experienced “the moment”? We do so more often than we realize. Unfortunately, our lives move fast and are full of noise. We cannot slow down for the moment. The moment passes and we keep on moving. How can we possibly stop everything for a moment? We need to. These moments are in-breakings of… Continue Reading

Imitation Is More Than Just Flattery

When you’re looking to launch a movement that is focused on something more than its own growth but looking to send laborers who will multiply their lives for the kingdom you become enthralled by Paul of Tarsus and Jesus. These two guys were all about multiplication. One of the things I am more and more… Continue Reading

The Curve

My son is a pitcher for his baseball team. He has a decent fastball, but it’s the curve that makes him most effective. The reason is simple, it keeps hitters off balance. A hitter that doesn’t know what’s coming will have a hard time hitting the pitch. And when that happens, it’s pretty funny to… Continue Reading

Rest or The Ferris Hypothesis

One of the hardest things to do is rest. We live in a world where many work seven days a week and wish there were eight. Our down times are filled with events and things to do. We go place and run all over town. It is very rare that we just stop and rest.… Continue Reading

The Power of the Ordinary

It is no secret that I love baseball. It is my son’s chosen sport. He loves to play and I have grown to love it as well. As with most anything I do, I haven’t gone half way on my engagement with baseball. I love the history and I enjoy learning how to help my… Continue Reading

ReBlog: Touch a Parable of Providence

Over the last few years I have come to really enjoy smart, well written, dramatic television. I love the fact that the story is not capped in 120 minutes. It is able to be developed, often very intricately. Right now we are enjoying shows like Once Upon A Time, PanAM, The Firm, and Touch. Touch… Continue Reading

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