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.

June 4

“We are living through perilous and polarizing times as a nation, with a dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest levels of our government and in our churches. We believe the soul of the nation and the integrity of faith are now at stake.”

So begins the confessional statement “Reclaiming Jesus,” signed by a number of prominent theologians, including Bishop Michael Curry who preached at the royal wedding a couple of weeks ago. For this week’s discussion, we’ll be reflecting on this confessional document, available at There’s also a video, for those of you who are short on time…or attention… 😉

Do you agree with their opening premise? Do their belief statements resonate with you? We’ll wrestle with these questions and more tonight at Life’s Too Short (LTS) Brewing Company (2001 32nd Ave NW), 5:30-7:00pm.

See you there!

Monday, May 14th


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:

Secondly, check out this great take on the story from Cindy Wang Brandt, a writer with the “Raising Children Unfundamemtalist” Facebook group ( Her take on the Genesis story can be found at

Thirdly, we’ll see you at the pub!