In a moment of weakness I responded with one of my favorite quotes:
“Everybody's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer.”Inappropriate, yes. But a seed was planted. It brought to mind a story I read recently about a new alternative to the traditional Sunday morning church service taking place in the small Central Texas town of Bulverde, about 20 miles from my home. A new spiritual movement is awakening there, one that I find attractive.
-- W.C. Fields
Spirits served along with spirituality
Uncorked cabernet bottles are the table centerpieces for a midweek ritual ... at a local wine bar.Amen, brother!
Steve Coker, the group's spiritual leader, prefers the locale. To him, the bar is as valid a place for worship as is San Fernando Cathedral.
A licensed Methodist minister, he's not redefining church, he says, but returning to the down-to-earth picture of the first Christians described in the New Testament book of Acts.Makes sense to me. Have a little something to eat and drink, spend a little time in reflection, and help others. Body, mind, and soul are all nourished.
“They broke bread and met in homes for prayer,” Coker said. “They read Scripture and cared for the less fortunate. We have all the elements of what that Acts church had.”
As bottles empty into glasses, Coker tosses out a current issue to weigh in on. Nothing's off limits — from ways to combat poverty or stem illegal immigration to presidential preferences.I like that idea. Building on it, if Heaven has a wine bar, it's not too much of a stretch to envision a tavern up there as well, serving beer and mixed drinks. After all, angels get thirsty too.
“Wine is something that is good for the heart. It relaxes the mind,” Caleb Haynes said at a recent gathering. “I think heaven will have a big area just for wine.”
Where do you think the term "Honky Tonk Angels" came from...?