Monday, March 18, 2019

Pub Theologians,

Last week we discussed one of three traditional Lenten disciplines: fasting. This week, we’ll be looking at another discipline: almsgiving. And not just the importance of giving to the poor, but also the importance of seeing them. We’ll be discussing giving, poverty, and seeing America’s poor with new eyes rather than through the stereotype that we have been taught about what poverty looks like. For your reading assignment this week, there are two articles:

An excerpt from Linda Tirado’s book, Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America: https://slate.com/human-interest/2014/12/linda-tirado-on-the-realities-of-living-in-bootstrap-america-daily-annoyances-for-most-people-are-catastrophic-for-poor-people.html

And this article by Phil Fox Rose (whose article on fasting we read last week) on his personal discipline of giving to those in need: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/philfoxrose/2013/02/just-give-my-lenten-practice-of-giving-to-every-beggar/

Based on the consensus of the group last week, we’ll push the discussion time back a half hour to 6:30-7:30pm. Feel free to come at 6pm for casual conversation before we dive in, or come before 6pm if you want half-price apps! I’ll be there at our usual start time, 5:30pm.

See you at the pub, Hy-Vee on 37th street.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Pub Theologians:

We’ve arrived at the six week period of spiritual renewal known as Lent. Historically, the church has emphasized three spiritual disciplines during this time: prayer, fasting, and sacrificial giving. This week, we’ll be exploring the practice of fasting through Phil Fox Rose’s article on Patheos, “What are you giving up for Lent?” https://www.patheos.com/blogs/philfoxrose/2013/02/what-are-you-giving-up-for-lent/

We’ll also look ahead to doing another book study. What do you think about a Pub Theology series on Nadia Bolz-Weber’s book Shameless? Read about the book on her website here: http://www.nadiabolzweber.com/book/shameless.

See you at the pub!

Hy-Vee on 37th St
5:30-7:00pm

Monday, March 4, 2019

Pub Theologians,

In an era where institutionalized religion is in decline in our part of the world while Crossfit memberships are up, how does the church continue to speak a message of good news in a language that can be understood? This week, we’ll be exploring issues of belonging and becoming and the church’s role in the modern world. Check out pastor Tim Brown’s article on this at his blog Reluctant Xtian: https://reluctantxtian.com/2018/09/11/belonging-and-becoming-and-the-problem-of-sunday-morning/

See you at the pub!

Hy-Vee on 37th St.
5:30-7:00pm

Monday, February 18, 2019

The Southern Baptist Convention is in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal, echoing the ongoing struggles of the Roman Catholic Church. When the church not only ignores abuse and its victims but virtually enables it within its walls, it is difficult to not be angry or enraged. This week, we wrestle with this most primal of human emotions and its role in the spiritual life as we discuss Casey Tygrett’s article “Today, I Look For God in My Rage.”

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/everythingbecoming/2019/02/today-i-look-for-god-in-my-rage/

In what ways can our rage at blatant injustice and willful ignorance of it be a sign of the kingdom? What can our rage teach us about God, repentance, and justice for the vulnerable? Can our rage and anger actually serve to deepen our spiritual walk?

All this and more on tap this week. See you at the pub.

Hy-Vee on 37th St., 5:30-7:00pm

Monday, February 4, 2019

Pub Theologians,

In a community known around the world for being the home of Mayo Clinic, life and death are part of the local economy. For every patient treated successfully and sent home to go about their daily lives, there are others who face chronic diseases, chronic pain, and terminal diagnoses.

Is there a place in the world of health care for a patient who wishes to die on their own terms? This is the moral and theological question we’ll be wrestling with this week, especially with regard to this article by Matthew Arbo: “How would you counsel someone interested in assisted suicide?” Read it here: https://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/how-would-you-counsel-someone-interested-in-assisted-suicide

We’ll be exploring whether or not you agree with Matthew’s position and what your own perspectives are on euthanasia.

See you at the pub!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Pub Theologians:

As I write this, it’s January 13.

We’re just thirteen days past celebrating the new year, but that’s already pushing 4% of 2019 that’s gone by already. If you’ve made new year’s resolutions, how well are you keeping them so far? What is it that you want from yourself this year? And what role does self-improvement play in the spiritual journey?

These and other related questions will be on tap this week as we discuss this article by Christy Thomas: “The Question for 2019: What CAN I Control?”

Read it here: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thoughtfulpastor/2018/12/28/question-2019-what-control/

See you at the pub!

Hy-Vee, 37th Street, 5:30pm-7:00pm