Author: Paul Moody

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 http://www.patheos.com/blogs/oldthingsnew/2018/06/why-liturgy-how-the-liturgical-calendar-can-save-our-lives/ 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!

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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 sbethcaplin.com/2018/06/11/is-judaism-inherently-legalistic/, 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: cac.org/liberation-2017-09-13/, and come ready to reflect.

See you there.

Monday, May 14th

Theologians,

Monday will again bring us to LTS Brewing Co for another round of Pub Theology. It’s looking like the weather will be halfway decent, so look for us on the patio or in the tent, beginning around 5:30.

This week, our topic of conversation will move into one of the ancient stories of the Jewish faith: Abraham’s Near Sacrifice of Isaac.

Firstly, if you’re not familiar with the biblical story, you can find it in Genesis 22: http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=393249930

Secondly, check out this great take on the story from Cindy Wang Brandt, a writer with the “Raising Children Unfundamemtalist” Facebook group (https://m.facebook.com/groups/rcugroup/). Her take on the Genesis story can be found at http://cindywords.com/child-abuse-in-the-near-sacrifice-of-isaac/.

Thirdly, we’ll see you at the pub!

Mondah, May 7th (Music Monday)

Hey Theologians,

We are doing another round of “Music Monday” at Pub Theology this week! In the spirit of Resurrection and the Easter season that we are still in for a bit longer, we will continue to dig into what Christ’s persistent life (and presence amidst death) is about. And, to do that, I’d like to use a song from Conor Oberst’s 2016 album, “Ruminations”.

If you are able to do so, listen to the song “Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch)” at https://youtu.be/tnBI-nYveiA. You may want to look up the lyrics and search for some of the notable references he makes in the song, to help make sense of it all.

I look forward to hearing your reflections!

See you at LTS Brewing Co from 5:30-7 on Monday the 7th.

Monday, April 30th

Hello, Theologians!

We are gathering again on Monday for Pub Theology. Life’s Too Short Brewing Co continues to be our location, and if the weather is ok, we may sit on the patio again (or in the tent if it’s available!).

This week, we will remember the great theologian Dr. James Cone, and his work that brought liberation theology to the fore in American seminaries and higher ed institutions. See this from Union Theological Seminary: https://utsnyc.edu/james-cone/, and consider the quotes, below, from Dr. Cone.

See you at the pub from 5:30-7pm.

 

 

**An earlier version of this post read “libertarian theology”. The correct term is “liberation theology”. The post has been updated accordingly. (4/30/18 3pm CDT)

Monday, April 16th

Hi all!

I hope you are staying warm and safe in this wild snowy weather.

We will be gathering again for Pub Theology this week, and will continue at our new location: LTS Brewing Co. from 5:30-7pm. For this week’s topic, we’re delving into one of my all time favorite Scripture stories: The Road to Emmaus. If you’re able to do so, read through today’s appointed lectionary Gospel text (Luke 24:36b-48, http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=390818723), and this accompanying sermon from Pastor Dawn Hutchings: https://pastordawn.com/2018/04/09/emmaus-is-nowhere-because-emmaus-is-everywhere-a-sermon-on-luke-24-easter-3b/, and come ready to listen, share, and reflect.

See you at the pub.

Monday, March 26th

Hi all,

We are gathering for a Holy Week Pub Theology on Monday, March 26th, from 5:30-7. This will be our last gathering at HyVee North (37th Street), as we are planning to switch locations after Easter.

This week’s discussion draws us into the movement of Holy Week and what meaning it may hold for us. If you can, please read Rev. Anna Blaedel’s piece “The call to witness and with-ness”, as published on enfleshed.com (enfleshed.com/blogs/mfcn/the-call-to-witness-and-with-ness). I think it will generate some good thoughts and discussion.

I look forward to our time together. See you at the pub!