Archives For Theology on Tap

PastedGraphic-1Next Tuesday, 11/11 at 7:00 Dr. Kendall Soulen, Professor of Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary, is our guest for a special Home-Brewed Edition of Pub Theology.

Local brew-meister, Andreas Barrett, will host us in the bosom of his home and Kendall will lead us in a conversation about brewing your own faith and theology.

You can RSVP here.

So I don’t broadcast Andreas’ address all over the internet, RSVP and we’ll email you with the directions.

To get ready, here’s a listen to Kendall’s last Pub Theology with us.

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Kendall Soulen is one of the most significant theologians the United Methodist Church can claim as our own. You can find his books here. I highly recommend his book on the Trinity and think any pastor is irresponsible if they don’t own a copy of the God of Israel and Christian Theology.

After a bedroom voice intro by Teer Hardy, the Pub Interview lasts about 45 minutes with another 45 of Q/A from the crowd. Be sure to listen to Kendall answer the 10 Questions at the end, my theologically spin on James Lipton’s questions from the Actors Studio.

If you like what you hear, come out to future Pub Theology events.

lightstock_75024_xsmall_user_2741517A week from Monday is Memorial Day, the national holiday when we remember those who’ve died in war.

A week from Thursday is Ascension Day, the Christian holy day when we remember that God has given Christ dominion over all the earth to rule as our Lord and King.

Suffice it to say, Christians live in the tension between these two days:

To whom do we pledge our allegiance?

How do we relate to the State?

What is our obligation to fellow Christians in other countries? Especially if they’re our enemies?

When can Christians say yes to war? When must they say no?

This Thursday night at Pub Theology we’ll think through questions like these.

M_Santangelo-1Our special guest will be Marco Santangelo, who serves as the chief librarian at the new George Washington Presidential Library. In addition to that vantage point, Marco also has his Master of Divinity and his Master of Theology from Asbury Seminary and Princeton respectively.

Once again, we’ll meet at Forge Brew Works at 7:00.

You can find them on Facebook too, here.

It’s just off the Fairfax County Parkway on Terminal Road. You can find directions here.

If you’re in the area, come join us.

Oh, and it’s BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair).

1551602_768095979874489_1306517654_nA rabbi and a priest will walk into a bar local brewery.

Seriously.

Come on out for Pub Theology this Tuesday night, April 8, at 7:00 PM when our special Pub- Theologian-in-Residence will be Rabbi Brett Isserow.

It will be epic so invite your friends. 

In addition to possessing a wicked awesome South African accent, Rabbi Brett studied New Testament. That’s right, a rabbi who probably knows more about THE RABBI than you do.

The senior rabbi at Beth El in Alexandria, Brett will help us look at the Passion Story from a rabbi’s perspective to see what sorts of things we might miss.

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Once again, we’re meeting at Forge Brew WorksForgeHeader-258x210-1

You can find them on Facebook too, here.

It’s just off the Fairfax County Parkway on Terminal Road. You can find directions here.

Check out Rabbi Brett in action:

 

 

 

1551602_768095979874489_1306517654_nIs the Cross our means of forgiveness or salvation? Is it some form of cosmic child abuse? Is it just another example of what we do when God gets too close?

While the Cross is at the center of all four Gospels and, very often, at the center of all our sanctuaries, the meaning of the Cross is far from self-evident or obvious. What Jesus accomplishes on the Cross- or rather what God accomplishes through him- is not spelled out in any of the creeds. Jesus gives one answer to what his death means, but Paul gives another answer. The Gospels themselves narrate the events but, like all good dramatists, leave the reasons and results opaque, leaving the audience to chew on it after the story is over.

For Pub Theology next Tuesday: We’ll talk through questions about the Cross.

Here’s how it will (hopefully) work:

YOU submit a question via the Speakpipe.

It’s the little widget icon on the right of your screen that looks like an old timey microphone and says ‘Send Voicemail.’

Click on it.

Don’t worry you won’t get charged anything or receive any porn.

Click it and you can then use your computer/phone’s microphone to submit an audio question. Any sort of question about the Cross, Lent, the Passion, Christ’s Suffering, Sin, Atonement etc is up for grabs.

And let us know who you are and where you’re at too.

Your voice message will be sent via email to my underling, Teer Hardy.

Teer will collect all the voicemail questions, curate them, and then pose them to me next Tuesday for Pub Theology.

I’ll take a blind stab and then we’ll open it up to Q/A and Pushback.

We’ll record it so if you can’t be there you can at least hear your question tackled.

If you haven’t been before this is good, laid-back space to ask honest questions about things that matter. So, if you know someone who’s not into church invite them.

Here’s the details:

Once again, we’re meeting at Forge Brew WorksForgeHeader-258x210-1

You can find them on Facebook too, here.

It’s just off the Fairfax County Parkway on Terminal Road. You can find directions here.

 

 

1551602_768095979874489_1306517654_nCome on out for Pub Theology this Tuesday night at 7:00 PM.

Once again, we’re meeting at Forge Brew WorksForgeHeader-258x210-1

You can find them on Facebook too, here.

It’s just off the Fairfax County Parkway on Terminal Road. You can find directions here.

This week our Pub Theologian in Residence is Dr. Kendall Soulen, who teaches theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

Kendall-SoulenWithout exaggeration, Dr Soulen is one of the most significant Methodist theologians in the world.

His work has focused in particular on Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations. His book The God of Israel and Christian Theology is one of the most powerful books I’ve read; it’s argument is the spine of my sermon ‘The 614 Commandment’ which you can listen to on the sidebar.

His other books include Abraham’s Promise (coedited with Michael Wyschogrod) and, most recently, The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity.

Different from weeks’ past, I’ll begin this Pub Theology by interviewing Dr. Soulen and hopefully my questions for him will trigger some of your own.

To wet your whistle, here’s a couple of videos of Kendall in action.

So come on out tomorrow night- you won’t be sorry

 

Pub Theology Tonight

Jason Micheli —  February 4, 2014 — Leave a comment

1551602_768095979874489_1306517654_nCome on out for Pub Theology this Tuesday night at 7:00 PM.

We’ve got an awesome new venue: Forge Brew Works.

You can find them on Facebook too, here.

It’s just off the Fairfax County Parkway on Terminal Road. You can find directions here.

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If you’ve not been before…

In a nutshell:

Pub Theology is…
Open and honest conversation with friends (new and old!) about things that matter.

The format is simple.
Beer, conversation, and God. Everything is up for discussion, no assumptions, no barriers to entry. If you are going to get upset because someone questions something that is important to you maybe this isn’t for you, but if you think that whatever might be true ought to be able to stand up to being questioned maybe it is.

And if you’re still not sold…consider, even Lord Voldemort is planning to attend.

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PastedGraphic-1I invite you to come on out tonight at 7:00 @ King Street Blues.

Ward off the cold with a warming brew and conversation.
There is something about gather around a table of food and drink that allows everyone to lower their guard and be honest with each other.

In a nutshell:

Pub Theology is…
Open and honest conversation with friends (new and old!) about things that matter.

The format is simple.
Beer, conversation, and God. Everything is up for discussion, no assumptions, no barriers to entry. If you are going to get upset because someone questions something that is important to you maybe this isn’t for you, but if you think that whatever might be true ought to be able to stand up to being questioned maybe it is.

We will resume by choosing our topics (from a beer growler) at random, so if you have a topic suggestion please submit it on Twitter to @aumckingstowne with the #pubtheology.

And mark your calendars. Next month our guest pub theologian will be Kendall Soulen, professor of theology at Wesley Seminary.

His book the God of Israel and Christian Theology is quite simply one of the most important books I’ve ever read. 

Come on out.
First round is on Teer Hardy.

 

PastedGraphic-1Two weeks ago we gathered at Kate’s Irish Pub in Springfield for our first installment of pub theology.
Those gathered ranged in age from 25 to however old Jurgen Moltmann Steve Larkin is.
Only 1 pastor.

Amid the sounds waitresses serving gin & tonics and appletinis, we had what one participant described as “the most authentic discussion about faith” she had ever experienced.

 

There is something about gather around a table of food and drink that allows everyone to lower their guard and be honest with each other.
We discussed does it mean to have “true” faith, which lead down the trail of determining what exactly “true faith” is.  We wrapped up our time together discussing whether or not all people desire to be ‘good,’ how they can achieve being good, and where faith plays into it .

We got snowed out last week.

This Tuesday at 7:00 we will resume by choosing our topics (from a beer growler) at random, so if you have a topic suggestion please submit it on Twitter to

@aumckingstowne with the #pubtheology.

Our guest pub theologian this week is Mike Stavlund, a contributor at The Hardest Question, author of A Force of Will and a teacher at Wesley Theological Seminary.

Come on out.
First round is on Teer Hardy.

 

PastedGraphic-1Friends, if you’re in the DC area then I invite you to come out for our first evening of Pub Theology tomorrow night from 7-8:30 at Kate’s Irish Pub.

Pub [pb] = ‘open to the public,’ a place which in many areas serves the focal point of a community.

 

Theology [thee-ol-uh-jee]  = speaking of ‘God’

 

Pub Theology = Comfortable conversation over a pint on a variety of topics – art, religion, politics, faith, culture. ecology, economics, justice, or philosophy. Anyone and everyone (regardless of religious beliefs) is invited to participate.There’s no agenda, script or expectations.

               It’s just real people gathering around a table,

talking about real things in a real way. 

 

Antonyms for Pub Theology =

      Sunday School, Bible Study, Your Parents’ Church

 

As my underling, Teer Hardy, who’s organized Pub Theology for us, puts it:

A minister, an atheist, and a few other people walk into a bar… The minster says, “Drinking is against God’s will for your life.” The atheist responds: “He forgot to tell that to Jesus.” The others say, “This sounds like a great conversation – can we join?” And so it begins…

 

You can sign up (though there’s no need), RSVP or find out more here.

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re a blog reader, lay person, or clergy person we’d love to have you.

What’s more, if you know of someone for whom a trip to the proctologist sounds more appealing than an invite to church then this is the event for them. The only people not welcome are those who would (without irony) order an Appletini.

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