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Bryan Berghoef
Bryan Berghoef writes and tweets from the nation's capital, and enjoys facilitating conversation and connection, preferably over a good beer. Check out his book, "Pub Theology: Beer, Conversation, and God," or visit for his latest thoughts. He is also the founder of Roots DC: an urban faith community.

Entries by Bryan Berghoef

If You're Going to Bring Them to Jesus, Then Bring Them to Jesus

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 2:20 PM


Lately I've been getting a little flack for downplaying the importance of evangelism. I wrote a post recently entitled, "We Need Each Other," celebrating diversity of various kinds: ethnic diversity, linguistic diversity, cultural diversity, and yes -- religious diversity. But how...

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The World Needs More Poetry

(3) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 8:32 AM

"Lectio divina is like reading poetry: We need to slow down, to savor what we read, and to allow the text to trigger memories and associations that reside below the threshold of awareness." - Michael Casey in "Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina"

Michael Casey compares...

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Pub Theology Is a Waste of Time

(8) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 11:08 AM

You've read, perhaps, about churches making use of beer to gain traction in connecting with people. NPR put it more starkly in a story recently: "To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer." But you're skeptical. And I don't blame you. It sounds like a gimmick....

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For the Love of God -- and Country

(3) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 10:18 AM

You remember the picture-books through which you first learned history in as a kid: Columbus bravely sailing the ocean blue, the kindness of the first settlers to the Native Americans, the happiness of Pilgrim and Indian at Thanksgiving, the God-inspired wisdom of the Founding Fathers, the manifest destiny of westward...

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A Rabbi, a Priest and a Minister Walked Into a Bar...

(13) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 5:00 PM


...and a genuine discussion about beer and faith broke out. Maybe not the punch line you were looking for, but when Rabbi Eli Freedman, Father Kirk Berlenbach, and Rev. Bryan Berghoef (yours truly) took the stage at Fergie's Pub in Philadelphia on Saturday...

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Boston Reaction: Had It With Humanity?

(6) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 11:11 AM

The reactions to Monday's explosions at the Boston Marathon are well documented and many.

President Obama acknowledged in the aftermath that we knew little about the explosions at the Boston Marathon, but pledged "we will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable."

Obama maintained that Boston...

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Beer, Conversation and God: Pursuing Faith Over a Pint

(40) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 9:26 AM


For the past several years, I've gathered with others weekly at a pub to talk about God over beer. Beer, as we all know, is delicious -- and God, well, he's a bit mysterious, so here's where the beer comes in again.

When these...

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