At the end of August my family and I moved to Washington, IN and I became to pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. As I have had the opportunity to get to know some of the leaders and pastors in the community I have been very blessed by the friendliness that I have encountered and as my family has explored parts of the city I was struck with an idea. As a pastor my calling is, by nature, public as I am called to a part of the community in which I find myself. Sometimes this can become difficult because of the way life happens. In order to be more out in the community I am starting a time of open discussion at the local coffee house on downtown Main Street, the Cherry Ghost Coffee House. Beginning Thursday, December 2nd at 11:30am I am hosting Christ Over Coffee. The purpose is to be able to create a safe space for conversations about faith, the Bible, and Christianity. All are welcome to take part and nothing is off the table for discussion as long as all parties are respectful of each other in the discussion. In my life I have been hurt by the Church and those that are a part of her and I know that there are others that have been also. Sometimes in that hurt we aren’t able or feel that it is safe to discuss the issues that may have occurred. This can be out of fear, shame, or a variety of other reasons. Whether you are a devout follower of Christ, a person who desires to learn more, or if you feel that the Christian faith is hypocritical – all are welcome. If anything you may find friendship and have the opportunity to enjoy a good cup of coffee and hopefully some good conversation. If you would like to discuss things further you may go to my blog www.christovercoffee.wordpress.com to ask questions and discuss further. I look forward to seeing you and hearing from you.