Filed Under: Because it needs to be said....
Over at Dream Awakener, there has been a great series of posts on Christians and pubs and mission. It is built on the idea that pubs are 'third places,' that is, places other than home and work where people gather. And where people gather, there Christians should be. "Churches and communities of faith should encourage members to frequent local pubs/bars as a social context in which they can get to know and build strong relationships with people who are there." Now, this is sure to be controversial among some evangelicals, especially in the south. I once heard a campus minister say it was a sin for a Christian to even walk into a bar. Well, that is Pharisee-ism, not Christianity.
Anyways, check out these thoughtful series of posts:
Pints & Saints, Part 1: Introduction
A Place Where "Everybody Knows Your Name"
Pints & Saints, Part 2: What's on Tap?
Understanding the Scene
Pints & Saints, Part 3: Jesus & Alcohol
What did Jesus do when finding himself in situations where "ministry opportunity" and alcohol intersected?
Pints & Saints, Part 4: Drinking with Calvin & Luther
How did Calvin and Luther view wine, beer and alcohol?
Pints & Saints, Part 5: "Light Beer"--Option One: Subtle Mission Praxis
Connecting to the world as resident aliens
Pints & Saints, Part 6: Pubs as Third Places
Pubs and bars as missional outposts
Pints & Saints, Part 7: "Craft Beer: Formalized Mission Programs
Creative and organized ways to connect with people in pubs
Pints & Saints, Part 8: Conclusion
Trying new and risky ways to incarnating the gospel into the culture
Rev. Tod Bolsinger, one of the few remaining lights in the PCUSA, tells of a time when he was in a bar and had an opportunity to ask the Fight Club question, "So, how's that working out for you." Great story.
I was in a conversation with another minister who hits the bars every Thursday night with folks in his congregation to drink beer, socialize, build relationships, & share the Gospel. He was telling me about one bar that he goes to that is owned by a lesbian couple. They have begun calling him their Pub's Pastor.
We need more stories of redemption like these.
How does this strike you?