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FRONT PAGE  |  7/28/2017
MONDAY, NOV 4, 2013  |  19 comments
To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer

With mainline religious congregations dwindling across America, a scattering of churches is trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community. They are gathering around craft beer.

Some church groups are brewing it themselves, while others are bring the Holy Mysteries to a taproom. The result is not sloshed congregants; rather, it's an exploratory approach to do church differently.

Leah Stanfield stands at a microphone across the room from the beer taps and reads this evening's gospel message.

She's a 28-year-old leasing agent who's been coming to Church-in-a-Pub here in Fort Worth, Tex., for a year, and occasionally leads worship. ...


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Thomas the Doubter | Ohio  Find all comments by Thomas the Doubter
Steve you really are antichrist
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News Item11/10/13 2:50 PM
SteveR  Find all comments by SteveR
Thomas the Doubter wrote:
A Sam Adams lager for every Baptist would do the world good ;-)
1 Corinthians 8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
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News Item11/10/13 2:44 PM
Thomas the Doubter | Ohio  Find all comments by Thomas the Doubter
A Sam Adams lager for every Baptist would do the world good ;-)
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News Item11/7/13 4:38 PM
Lisa | Wales  Contact via emailFind all comments by Lisa
Note reference to post modern age

EMERGENT....

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News Item11/5/13 6:32 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Tonnage wrote:
There is nothing wrong with alcohol; there is a place for it in church life. It is always the abuse of something that is good.
“And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.”
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

So it is not your place to judge the choices people make here. While I deny it is always wrong to drink alcohol, likewise it is no sin to abstain from it either, for there is no Biblical requirement to consume it either privately or during Communion. Yet some Presbys & Primitive Baptists insist on Communion wine.

BTW, Appeal to Antiquity is a fallacy. And the Rechabites managed to do w/o wine, Jer. 35:6, yet were blessed by God; not for abstinence per se, but heeding the command of their father.

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News Item11/5/13 3:08 PM
Tonnage  Find all comments by Tonnage
Lets look at the ancient world; they knew that they would not get sick from liquid that had alcohol in it. Today, you all don't want any alcohol, but you prefer your fluoride and bleach, and gorging yourselves literally to death on food that comes out of a box. There is nothing wrong with alcohol; there is a place for it in church life. It is always the abuse of something that is good. Should be ban marriage? Should we ban dogs because they can bite?
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News Item11/5/13 11:18 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Mike wrote:
I wonder if he'd heard the C&W song-"God is Good, Beer is great, People are Crazy"
I concur with its first & last propositions. And the last often results from the second, at least in the way our culture [ab]uses it.

It is said that Spurgeon had his occasional cigars, but I suppose he had his priorities straight since he didn't make a point about it. That's the thing: few people wink & nudge-nudge about drinking milk or apple juice, but they do about beer. Therefore, its appeal is more than just in its taste.

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News Item11/5/13 10:48 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Neil wrote:
Some yrs. ago, I met R.C. Sproul Jr. at a conference. When I asked what the difference was between the RPC/GA (to which his church at the time belonged) & the RPC/NA, his reply was, “They sing Psalms; we drink beer.”
I wonder if he'd heard the C&W song-"God is Good, Beer is great, People are Crazy"
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News Item11/5/13 10:31 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Some yrs. ago, I met R.C. Sproul Jr. at a conference. When I asked what the difference was between the RPC/GA (to which his church at the time belonged) & the RPC/NA, his reply was, “They sing Psalms; we drink beer.”
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News Item11/5/13 10:23 AM
Mike A. | Cypress, TX  Protected NameFind all comments by Mike A.
An example of the "church or Christians" fascination with alcohol. Obviously not all or many (I hope), but this trend is growing. Many church attenders can give you a detailed breakdown of what to look for in a beer and wine and make many recommendations about what brand to consume. Perhaps they spend too much time studying distilled spirits and not studying the Holy Spirit?
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News Item11/4/13 9:15 PM
Tipsy  Find all comments by Tipsy
This would revolutionize Baptist Evangelism!
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News Item11/4/13 6:14 PM
Thomas the Doubter | Ohio  Find all comments by Thomas the Doubter
What kind of beer do they serve? Is it free ir must I tithe?
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News Item11/4/13 6:07 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Could it be?

Romans 11:25 KJV
25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Has the day of the Gentiles come to an end?

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News Item11/4/13 6:06 PM
  
No must are not born again. They are just religious or churchicans!
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News Item11/4/13 5:57 PM
  
Has the Gospel lost its power in America or something?Do people really not know the power and life changing effect that it has?
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News Item11/4/13 5:25 PM
C | AZ  Find all comments by C
Just write Ichabod across them all.
The Lord has departed!!
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News Item11/4/13 5:21 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Chuck Jones's brilliant Merrie Melodies “One Froggy Evening” has the hapless proprietor resorting to increasingly desperate measures to fill a rented theater, in order to profit from the singing frog he discovered in an old time capsule.

Finally, he offers Free Beer, whereupon he gets trampled by the mob. Of course, the frog never actually sings while anyone else is watching.

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News Item11/4/13 5:20 PM
Cliff Leckey | N. Ireland  Find all comments by Cliff Leckey
"A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats". C H Spurgeon.
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News Item11/4/13 2:33 AM
GsTexas | Texas  Find all comments by GsTexas
Not only do we have a so called "church" conforming to the world, but we have a women leading Bible study... Blasphemy. Drinking isn't a sin unless its in excess, however this is clearly a vain attempt to draw in more people to their dead church with unscriptural motives, probably for their money as Paul makes it clear the love of money is the root of all evil. This seeker sensitive nonsense that "professing" Christianity has lowered itself down to, is just plain pathetic.
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