Keggers for Christ?
In its weekly "Sheeps and Goats" column, the San Diego Reader, an edgy Southern California lifestyles magazine, reviews houses of worship in the San Diego area. Last week The Resolved, a new church plant in Pacific Beach, was reviewed.
The review begins: . . .
"Beer is one of our core values. We enjoy it and like to drink it. Drinking is part of our culture and a great way to spend time with others," said Pastor Justin Bragg of The Resolved church. "The American church has perpetuated this separatist movement that we shouldn't mix with nonbelievers. We want to go where people are. We don't expect people to come to us. In [Pacific Beach], people are at the bars, parties, and drinking beer, so this is where we go." The Resolved church plans to have a Theology on Tap night for people to meet over a few pitchers of beer to talk about God. "We definitely hold to scripture, so we don't get drunk when we go, but we believe we need to be in the world, not of the world," said Bragg. "It's messy and I know we will make errors along the way, but our confidence is in Christ, and we rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us."
Be sure to click the link and read the entire review, and then tell me if you think that Justin Bragg and his fellow pastor Duane Smets are truly emulating Jesus by hanging out where the sinners are (Matthew 9:11-13), or are they just a couple of well-meaning but misguided guys out for a good time?
Hat tip to Lynn Vincent at World Magazine Blog.