ST. LOUIS â€” Southern Baptists, as a rule, do not drink. But once a month, young congregants of the Journey, a Baptist church here, and their friends get together in the back room of a sprawling brew pub called the Schlafly Bottleworks to talk about the big questions: President Bush, faith and war, the meaning of life, and â€śwhatâ€™s wrong with religion.â€ť
â€śThatâ€™s where people are having their conversations about things that matter,â€ť the Rev. Darrin Patrick, senior pastor and founder of the Journey, said about the talks in the bar. â€śWe go where people are because we feel like Jesus went to the people.â€ť
The Journey, a megachurch of mostly younger evangelicals, is representative of a new generation that refuses to put politics at the center of its faith and rejects identification with the religious right....
I live near St. Louis and witness for Jesus Christ on the sidewalk in front of the abortuary on Forest Park & Boyle Avenues and I have not met or seen anyone from this church there. Perhaps they should take a close-up look at what abortion does to a baby and it's mother and try sharing the Gospel with those entering and leaving the abortion mill.
"They say that they are tired of the culture wars. They say they do not want the test of their faith to be the fight agaisnt gay rights. They say they want to broaden the traditional evangelical anti-abortion agenda to include care for the poor, the environment, immigrants and people with H.I.V." Sounds like the Gospel to me! The one Jesus preached. Not the mutant morph that America's right wing has substituted.