Discuss Emerging Church Theology, Win Free Coffee ~ BitterSweetLife

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Discuss Emerging Church Theology, Win Free Coffee

If only cause and effect was always this direct.

I'm reading Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches with a couple friends, Rob and Scott, and discussing it chapter by chapter. Today we convened in a Starbucks to tackle the opening salvo, penned with blunt accuracy by Mark Driscoll. So we walk in, order our drinks, and find the clerk and head barrista urging us to drink some free coffee from the "Asian Pacific region." Starbucks was about to throw a coffee tasting or "cupping" party right when we arrived.

We sat down and the barrista brought over plates of cookies and pastry to "enhance the taste palette" of the coffees, followed by three different varieties of coffee, made French press style. Through all of this, we were being thanked profusely for drinking free coffee and eating free baked goods, listening to free coffee commentary (which was fascinating for me; can't speak for the other guys).

I don't think anything like that has happened to me before. So the moral of the story is: buy this book, get a couple friends to discuss it with you, and head to the coffee shop. Who knows what might happen?

As far as the book itself. Based on Driscoll's chapter, in which he footnotes about 200 verses and outlines a tough biblical stance on the scriptures, the cross, and the trinity, I'd say it's eminently worth reading.

I'll hazard a guess and say that the strength of the book is keeping five "emerging" theologians focused on the three central points of Bible, the cross (atonement), and God's person and then having them cross-examine each other. I'm looking for a kind of winnowing effect, theologically.

How can we embrace strong, biblically-faithful theology that will help us to form the church in a way that's both culturally savvy and counter cultural? Both sympathetic and challenging? That's a question I think this book will speak to.

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Andrew & Alaina said...

Hey, thought you might be interested in this website with your love of coffee. We haven't tried the coffee but how can you go wrong with fresh roasted. :) I was aquainted with the guy's wife several years ago and recently noticed the promotion for his business. Anyway, take care.


Will Robison said...

Okay... now I know how to market my next book. Those Starbucks guys think of everything. ;)

Ariel said...

A&A, thanks for the coffee link. I'm a huge fan of fresh roasted beans, so the site looks promising. I gave it a once-over and I'll have to go back and explore.

Will, all you need to do to market your next book is convince Starbucks to push it for you. Anything that appears in Starbucks is going to sell, whether it's coffee, music, or lit.

It would be cool to see this trend proliferate in more unique, privately-owned roasteries as well...coffee seems conducive to the arts. In a perfect world, some previously-unknown artists could get face time that way.

Tom Loach said...

Coffee; church or is it church and coffee. Anyway here is the ultimate coffee:
the best Costa Rica coffee fresh roasted and they give all their profits to children and have a bible outreach program. Forgetting you are helping orphans its the finest coffee you can buy on line.


Ariel said...

Thanks for the link, Tom. I love Costa Rican coffee, and Fair Trade is the only way to go.


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