Monday, August 13, 2018

Pub Theologians,

This week we’ll be discussing one of my favorite short stories: “The Bridge” by Edwin Friedman. We’ll talk about what this story means for daily life, decision making, relationships with others, setting boundaries, the spiritual journey…and more!

Check out the story here:

See you at the pub–LTS Brewing, 5:30pm-7:00pm.


Monday, August 6, 2018

Pub Theologians,

This week, we’ll be discussing religious freedom, in light of Jeff Sessions establishing a new “Religious Liberty Task Force.”

We’ll be talking about what “religious liberty” or “religious freedom” means, what it looks like for different people and groups, and we’ll reflect on the 20 principles of religious liberty to be enforced by the task force.

See you at the pub!

LTS Brewing, 5:30-7:00pm

Monday, July 30, 2018

Pub Theologians,

This week’s topic is the Gospel of Mary, suggested by one of our members, Roy Satre. I’m sending it to you way early because Roy suggests that you read it several times to really process it.

I’m also sending it early because you’ll probably need some background material to make sense of it, which will add to the usual Pub Theology reading load. This excerpt from the book, The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle should help you get your bearings:

Read the Gospel of Mary here:


Monday, July 23, 2018

Pub Theologians,

How much free time do you have? How busy do you let yourself get? How strict are you about carving out and protecting time for yourself, to pursue your own interests or just to recharge? How much is your time worth to you?

Our topic this week is about rest. We’ll be discussing this interview with Marva Dawn, author of the book Keeping the Sabbath Wholly:

See you at the pub! LTS Brewing, 5:30-7:30pm.

Monday, July 15

Dear Pub Theologians:

As Pastor Paul concludes his tenure at Mount Olive and passes the Pub Theology baton to me, I thought this might be a time to reflect on this weekly exercise. For discussion fodder, read Bryan Berghoef’s provocatively titled article, “Pub Theology is a Waste of Time”:

We’ll be discussing not only the article but also what these weekly discussions mean for you and your life of faith. How has this group been influential in your own spiritual journey? What opportunities or avenues of discussion would you like to tackle in the future? All this and more is on tap this week.

See you at the pub! LTS Brewing company, tomorrow evening, 5:30-7:00pm.


Monday, July 9th

Hello, dear Pub Theologians.

We are back at it this week, talking liturgy and seasons and the movement of the church year.

Head on over to to read Laura Jean Truman’s recent post, and see what you think.

Then, head on over to LTS Brewing Co from 5:30-7 on Monday as we talk through it together.

See you there!

PS – this will be Pastor’s Paul’s last time with the group, as he’s taking a call to pastor Messiah Lutheran Church in Lyndhurst, Ohio, and will be moving as of July 15th. Deacon Travis Beck at Mount Olive has graciously agreed to continue to facilitate the group going forward. Pub Theology is in good hands!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Pub Theologians,

This week, our country celebrates its independence from Britain. Many of us may attend cookouts, fireworks displays, parades, to mark this occasion. Attitudes of patriotism and nationalism are on full display throughout the country.

Mark Twain has a provocative commentary on “the holy fire of patriotism” that often burns brightly around this time. It’s his story “The War Prayer,” which we’ll be discussing at Pub Theology this week. Read it here:

See you at the pub, LTS Brewing Co., tomorrow evening, 5:30-7:00pm.

Monday, June 25

Pub Theologians:

Tonight we’re having a special guest: Rabbi Michelle Werner from B’nai Israel Synagogue here in Rochester will be joining us this evening to continue our discussion from last week on misunderstandings and misconceptions that we as Christians often have about Jews and Judaism. I’ll have some questions for her to get the conversation going, but invite you to chime in with your own questions as the conversation progresses.

Look forward to seeing you at LTS Brewing, 5:30-7:00pm!


Monday, June 18th

Hi all,

We are gathering again on Monday for Pub Theology. We will be at LTS from 5:30-7pm — it’s not clear if the weather will be decent, but if it’s nice look for us outside.

This week, we’re debunking a common misconception that Christians make about first century Judaism. Check out this recent blog post from Sarahbeth Caplin at, and come ready to reflect together.

See you there!

Monday, June 11th

Hello, dear theologians,

We are back at the Pub Theologizing this week. Join us at LTS Brewing Co on Monday June 11th from 5:30-7, as we talk through the work of prophets as people who “keep God free for people and who keep people free for God.” If you can, read the following September 2017 post from Father Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation:, and come ready to reflect.

See you there.