Monday, February 22nd, 2021

Hi all,

We are gathering again on Monday for Pub Theology. Pull up a chair and join the (online) conversation! We’ll begin catching up around 6pm, and the discussion will begin shortly thereafter. The topic this session is about Lenten asceticism and interpreting what it means to practice our faith. Read the following article for preparation: https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2021/02/why-lent-and-other-sacrifices-make-us-happy/618053/.

Email pastor@messiahlyndhurst.org in advance for Zoom access. See you there!

-Pastor Paul

Monday, February 8th, 2021

(image from onbeing.org/our-story/krista-tippett/)

Hello, Pub Theologians!

This coming Monday, we are gathering again for Pub Theology “at home” beginning at 6pm on Zoom.

The topic for this session comes from a conversation between Krista Tippett and Parker Palmer, following a recently rebroadcasted 2003 episode of Tippett’s podcast, “On Being” called “The Soul in Depression”. She and Palmer talk through some of the ways we find life and support during difficult seasons of life.

Listen to the 14-minute conversation here: onbeing.org/programs/living-the-questions-whats-our-communal-equivalent-of-rubbing-each-others-feet/

[Krista Tippett is the founder and CEO of “The On Being Project”, she is the host of podcasts “On Being” and “Becoming Wise”; and curator for “The Civil Conversations Project”. (onbeing.org/our-story/krista-tippett/). Parker Palmer is a teacher, author, and founder and senior partner emeritus of the Center for Courage & Renewal. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parker_Palmer)]

I look forward to hearing your reflections on Monday!

Email pastor@messiahlyndhurst.org at least one hour in advance for Zoom access.

Monday, January 25th, 2021

Pub Theologians,

Tomorrow evening is our next gathering. Pull up a virtual chair and join in! We’ll begin the Zoom at 6.

This session’s topic comes from another daily meditation from Fr. Richard Rohr’s “Center for Action and Contemplation”: cac.org/authentic-freedom-2021-01-19/. He speaks of salvation, liberation, and our experiences of God. Check it out ahead of time!

Email pastor@messiahlyndhurst.org for the link to join the Zoom meeting.

See you around 6!

Monday, January 11th, 2020

Hi all,

We are gathering again tomorrow evening on Zoom for our next Pub Theology “at home”. We’ll begin around 6pm. Email pastor@messiahlyndhurst.org for the access link.

This week’s topic comes from author Stephanie Saldaña, a resident of Jerusalem. She recently published a story of her experience in Bethlehem during Christmas this year: http://www.americamagazine.org/voices/stephanie-saldana. Give it a read ahead of time as you are able. I look forward to hearing your responses.

See you there!

Monday, December 14, 2020

Hi all,

Come join our next “Pub Theology (at home)” discussion tomorrow night on Zoom. Seasonally speaking, it’s Advent, and we have some timely reflections from Pastor Tim Brown, whom we have leaned on in the past for inspiration. Check out his recent post: reluctantxtian.com/2020/12/03/december-3rd-no-going-back-beloved-and-no-mapping-out-a-specific-future/

Come with some “Advent Inklings”, if you are able. Don’t miss the song that Pastor Tim shares at the end, “The Longer I Run” by Peter Bradley Adams. This is a new artist for me, but I appreciate his songwriting and musical style. I hope you do, too.

I’ll open our Zoom “room” around 6pm. Email pastor@messiahlyndhurst.org at least an hour beforehand for the link. Jump in around 6 then and we’ll plan for about an hour together.

Looking forward to it.

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Hello friends,

Tomorrow evening we are gathering again at 6pm on Zoom.

This week, with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching and the discouraging Coronavirus trends (among other continuing struggles), we’re trying something different. Instead of reading a post or sermon, I invite you to come as you are and (1) share in time to catch up together, and (2) bring any lingering questions you have about faith and/or life as the Church in an “ask the Pastor Q&A”. I surely won’t have all the answers, but perhaps we might enjoy hearing from one another on this late November Monday.

Zoom information will be shared via email; contact pastorpaulmoody@gmail.com for the link. See you there!

Monday, November 9th, 2020

Hello, theologians!

We are gathering again via Zoom tomorrow evening for Pub Theology. We’ll begin around 6pm. Email pastor@messiahlyndhurst.org for the Zoom link.

The topic for our discussion will be about trust, and some of the ways we think about trusting (or struggling to trust) God. Read Pastor Colette Broady Grund’s 2014 blog post ahead of time, and come join the “table”, ready to reflect, listen, and attend to divinity in our midst: https://www.boldcafe.org/faking-trust/.

See you there.

-Pastor Paul

Monday, October 26, 2020

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Pub Theologians — it has been far too long since we’ve gathered! I look forward to our meeting this coming Monday, again on Zoom, starting at 6pm.

Christmas is in just 64 days. How is that possible? Yet, it’s not too early to begin thinking theologically about this winter festival that has become so central to our contemporary expression of the Christian faith. Over the weekend, spend some time reading and reflecting upon the following post from Bishop John Shelby Spong (of the Episcopal tradition) that opens us to some varying ways of thinking about Jesus and the stories of his life:

Progressing Spirit : The Terrible Texts: Be Fruitful and Multiply and Subdue the Earth (Originally posted August 2003) (https://progressingspirit.com/2016/12/22/the-terrible-texts-be-fruitful-and-multiply-and-subdue-the-earth-originally-posted-august-2003/)

I hope it is illuminating and helpful as we continue to live as people in the way of Christ.

See you Monday.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7180511642 (Meeting ID: 718 051 1642)

Monday, September 28, 2020

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Hello, Pub Theologians,

It’s that time again — pull up a chair, pour a drink, open your digital device of choice, and log onto Zoom for “Pub Theology at Home”. We’ll begin Monday evening at the usual time: 6pm.

The topic we’ll be considering is how God redeems (or ‘makes right’) the whole world, especially those parts that make our lives so hard. Back in Advent 2015, Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber preached a powerful sermon rebuking the many forces of sin and death around us. Listen to it and read along here on her website: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nadiabolzweber/2015/12/bullies-terrorists-and-anxiety-a-sermon-on-defiant-hope/, and come ready to share insights, inspirations, and challenges.

Join the Zoom meeting here: us02web.zoom.us/j/7180511642 (meeting ID: 718 051 1642)

Monday, September 14, 2020

Hello, Pub Theologians!

Sunday, September 13th marks the fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost in the Revised Common Lectionary. This year, the scriptures for this day focus on forgiveness, especially the Gospel reading, Matthew 18:21-35. For our “Pub Theology at Home”, please read the Gospel as well as the following sermon manuscript from the Reverend Nate Sutton, who serves Peace Lutheran Church in Puyallup, Washington. I look forward to our discussion!

Gospel: bible.oremus.org/?ql=467030531

Sermon: www.peacepuyallup.org/sermons/i-believe-in-miracles/?fbclid=IwAR3eLQ29lTodFJKOZ-FpLpYLwISTpB96JpxC5FruOJ7hQBYwHrpX0YygdOc

See you Monday on Zoom beginning around 6pm. Click here to join: us02web.zoom.us/j/7180511642

Pastor Paul

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