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Posted on 22 April 2013 Gavin Glenn

From London to New York to Ann Arbor, people are gathering in pubs and bars to communicate, connect, and learn from one another over the topic of religion, of all things. In 'Pub Theology', pastor, writer, and pub theologian Bryan Berghoef draws from his own experience in one such setting in northern Michigan. Berghoef contends that for too long the church has insisted on setting the terms for how one can find and encounter God. Yet what if God is to be found in places we haven’t been looking at all: in a coworker who doesn’t believe in God, in a Buddhist neighbor, in a friend who prefers a yoga studio to a sanctuary?

This book will move readers to shift toward a more chastened, humble, and inviting faith. A faith that seeks not to teach, but to learn; not to speak, but to listen. A faith that will have a seat at the table in the important religious conversations our world is having.

Real-life stories gleaned from conversations and encounters during pub theology gatherings, combined with the author’s own experience in grappling with these issues, make for an intriguing and enlightening read.

So what are you waiting for? Pull up a chair and join the conversation!


“Bryan Berghoef has given us the most complete presentation to date of what pub theology is, why it exists, and what it contributes to the lives and faiths of an increasing number of Christians. With his conversationally written and accessible reportage, he has also created something close to a manual for those who want to initiate a pub theology circle or simply find and join one.”

Phyllis Tickle,
author of The Great Emergence


“Some of the best theological conversations happen over a beer at the pub. Bryan Berghoef captures something of the relaxed and relational dynamic that makes these discussions so pleasurable, while at the same time wrestling with serious theological questions. So pull up a chair, order your favorite drink, and settle in with this delightful and stimulating book. Invite a friend as well—the conversation’s just getting started.”

—John R. Franke,
author of Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth


Bryan Berghoef was the founding pastor of Watershed Church in Traverse City, Michigan, and has been facilitating Pub Theology gatherings for several years. He and his wife are currently starting a new faith community in Washington, DC.

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