As a child, he was captured and enslaved by wild Irish folk. He escaped and returned home. As an adult, he returned to the land of his captors as a Christian missionary. This Saturday, March 17, don some green and celebrate Saint Patrick's life of faith by eating and drinking together at Linda Bishop's house!
Brad will be grilling hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken, sausage, and SALMON. Guests are encouraged to bring salad, chips, desert, veggies, dip, or anything else you would like to add.
After a year of hearing about monthly "Theology Pub" events hosted in Capital Hill by Simon Cunningham, pastor of Roots, I finally attended one in February, along with two other Emmaus Road members. This particular event included a lecture connecting the field of epistemology with the study of, and debate around, the rationality of faith. Without getting into details (you can read more here), I recommend future events based on this: it was a great learning event in a very unique social (and spiritual) space. I heard a relevant, substantive presentation, followed by a lively Q&A session among a crowd of some forty Seattleites, including committed atheists, religious believers, and people in between. Together, we considered the ideas presented without indulging in combative, acrimonious squabbling. There was definite disagreement; people had different responses, thoughts, and feelings toward the presentation. For the most part, though, it felt to me like a productive and honest exchange in pursuit of understanding. In cyberspace, people seem quick to insult, dismiss, and stereotype each other over religious disagreements; it was refreshing to enter this alternative space, where face to face, there was more accountability to listen and speak with consideration for the other.
This past Sunday, a bomb exploded in a church in Jos, Nigeria, killing eight people. Missionaries and relief workers from the Christian Reformed Church (Emmaus Road's denominational family), ask congregations to pray for peace across Nigeria. Read more