By Dan Chambers
It never ceases to amaze me what
goes on in some churches. Just when I thought I heard it
all, along comes this newspaper story: “D.C. Church Brewing
up Fellowship with its Own Brand of Suds”?
The article reported how one church
in Washington, D.C—St. Mark’s Episcopal Church—started
brewing its own brand of beer last fall, and every Sunday
after the 11 o’clock service there is a fellowship meal in
the “parish hall” which consists of sandwiches, soup,
salads, bread, soda, beer and wine.
For many years the beer they served
at these fellowship meals was “dominated by commercial
brands,” but that changed last summer when one of the
members started brewing beer especially for St. Mark’s. This
“heavenly brew” is packaged as “Winged Lion Lager,” with the
bottles featuring a winged lion, “the symbol of St. Mark the
Now get this—the priest insists
that “we do not encourage or dissuade people from drinking”
(beer or wine). To prove it, he said they also offer
“non-alcoholic beverages in a way that is as attractive as
There was a time when you could
count on churches to warn people of the evils of drinking
and exhort them to stay far away from it. There was a time
when fellowshipping in public around alcohol meant going to
the local bar, pub or saloon. As this article shows, though,
times have changed. The truth about alcohol, however, has
not changed. Proverbs warns of the deceitful attractiveness
of alcohol and graphically portrays its brutal consequences:
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has
Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed
Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it is red, when it
sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!
In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.
Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine
You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top
of the rigging.
“They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt!
They beat me up, but I don’t feel it!
When will I wake up so I can find another drink?” (Proverbs
- Dan Chambers; ia The
Encourager, the weekly bulletin for the Calvert
City Church of Christ, Calvert City, KY. Lance Cordle
preaches for the congregation. He may be contacted
through the congregation's website: