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Monday, November 24, 2014

November Recap

We discussed the following at our meeting:

  • “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.” – W.T. Purkiser
  • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
  • How do you give thanksgiving daily and annually?
  • “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.”                - Cicero
  • “It is as if praise has been quarantined both temporally and spatially to those one or two hours when communities of faith meet for official worship.” – Rev. Dr. Rolf Jacobson
  • Congratulations or praise for God?

Check your emails and the blog wall for an announcement about our December meeting!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

October 2014 Recap

Pub Theologians,

Thanks for coming out on October 30th for our discussion concerning reformation and the church. This topic is of utmost importance for us to consider because as cultures and ideas shift, the church must discover itself anew in the midst of change. With Pastor Steve's retirement coming in mid-January, St. Mark's will be going through a mini-reformation if you will. I encourage you to lift up and voice your views to the pastoral staff and/or the new senior pastor.

Our next meeting is just over a week away, November 13th 6:30pm at Big Wood! Usually the meetings are about a month apart, however with people getting very busy with the holiday season, I thought we could squeeze a meeting in before Thanksgiving and then our next one would be before Christmas.

See you all soon!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ready for Another Round?

Let the new year of Pub Theology begin!

To appropriately celebrate the Reformation, we will be meeting on Thursday October 30th from 6:30pm to 7:00pm. We will meet at our usual location Big Wood Brewery in White Bear Lake. 

I hope to see you all there!

"He was a wise man who invented beer." - Plato

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I Work More Than One Day a Week!

When I tell people that I am an intern pastor they are interested in what exactly that all entails. I inform them that I pretty much do everything an ordained pastor does, except for baptizing people. The conversation usually goes on and on about something or another concerning being a pastor and my lifestyle. However, I was shocked when someone said to me, "It must be nice to only work one day a week." My jaw just about dropped. One day a week? No. Pastors most certainly do not work only one day a week, in fact often times we work everyday of the week in some form or another. I think it might be appropriate to give an example of a typical day in the life of the intern pastor to prove that we are quite busy.

6:20am Wake up, feed the dog, shower, shave, brush teeth
7:00am Walk the dog
7:30am Leave for church and eat a granola bar on the way to work
8:15am Arrive at church, check emails, check voice mail
8:30am Lead Tuesday morning women's Bible study
9:30am Check emails, send emails, gather items for worship planning in the afternoon
11:00am Pastoral care visit(s)
12:30pm Lunch
1:00pm Review sermon for Wednesday night worship
1:30pm Worship planning for the coming Wednesday and Sunday
2:00pm Plan "God's work. Our hands." events
3:00pm Drop a theology book off at a parishioner's house
3:30pm Beat rush hour traffic home
4:00pm Feed the dog and take the dog to the dog park
5:00pm Make and clean up dinner
6:30pm Sit down and relax with an adult beverage
7:30pm Do homework for my seminary course (it's on faith formation in congregations)
9:30pm Pray the on-call phone doesn't go off during the night and go to bed

I could copy that day over and over and over. It simply isn't true that a pastor works less than others throughout the week. If anything, work often has a bad habit of following us home. I often will check emails late at night, I'll write a sermon at 5:00am when my wife is opening up the bakery, when preaching I try and review it for at least an hour each day over the weekend. This is the most I have ever worked in my life...and I love it. The work I do is extremely rewarding and I wouldn't change it for the world, even though at times I feel like a 24 hour pastor.

Intern Tom


Monday, June 30, 2014

June Recap

Pub Theologians,

Thanks for coming out for our June meeting at Big Wood Brewery! For those of you who were unable to attend, we discussed the following questions and quotes:

  • "Theaters are the new Church of the Masses - where people sit huddled in the dark listening to people in the light tell them what it is to be human." - 1930s film critic
  • How has film helped you to facilitate a connection to God if at all?
  • "The same God who spoke through dreams and visions in the Bible is still communicating through our celluloid dreams - the movies." - Craig Detweiler
  • In 200, 20% of Americans turned to "media, arts, and culture" as their primary means of spiritual expression and experience. What do yo make of this statistic? 
We will not be meeting in the month of July due to many of us going on vacation and such. I will keep you all posted with an August meeting date via this blog and emails. Also, to get you all to interact with the blog a bit more I will ask a question at the end of each post. Feel free to answer in the comment section.

What is the best beverage (alcoholic or not) for the 4th of July?

Cheers and have a happy 4th!

Monday, June 16, 2014

June Meeting

Pub Theologians, 

I am pleased to announce our next Pub Theology date. Due to White Bear Lake's weekly Market Fest on Thursday nights we will have to move our usual meeting on Thursday to Saturday. So, the meeting will take place on Saturday June 28th at 1pm at Big Wood Brewery. 

I also have selected this date so we can take a brewery tour at Big Wood. I currently have a total of 8 tickets left (myself and Kurt have claimed the first two). If you would like to come to the tour please email me and I will put you on the list. The tour begins at 12pm. First to email me back, first to get a ticket. 


Wednesday, May 14, 2014