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In Seattle we already have the swearing pastor Mark Driscoll and the New Age Metaphysical pastor Rodney Romney…..this is embarrassing enough I thought….. but no… we also have this.

Pastors at a Renton ministry have found a new calling behind the bar.

Turning water into wine is almost as surprising as turning pastors into bartenders.

“If you say, ‘Hey, did you hear that those Lutherans are serving beer down there in Renton?’ All of a sudden, people go, ‘Really? Really? Great!’ And a window is opened that was never opened before,” said Gretchen Mertes.

Mertus is among the Lutheran pastors called to serve – beer and wine, that is – at Luther’s Table.

“They didn’t train me to do this in seminary, I tell you what,” she said.

The new café isn’t limited to Lutherans, but it’s run by the Outreach Ministry of St. Matthews Church. The idea is to provide a caring gathering place where people can share chardonnay and gripes.

“So you got laid off. You’re in good company,” said Mertus.

The cafe is the brainchild of Mertus, who left her clerical collar at home but not her purple Converse shoes.

“I marry and bury — weddings and funerals, baptisms and preach,” she said.

When you belly up to the bar at Luther’s Table, you won’t find a Bible.

 “oh, heavens, no,” said Bishop Chris Boerger.

There are just brews and pews.

“This is a place for the church to be, not arm-twist,” Boerger said.

The ministry sees Luther’s Table as a way to carry on Martin Luther’s tradition of reflecting on studies with students over food and beer.

“Luther would have rejoiced over it,” the bishop said.

The pastors not only have tradition on their side, but also a stained glass Jesus from the old Renton Lutheran Church watching over them.

“We love to say that he’s ordering two beers, please,” said Mertus.

Luther’s Table is holding its grand opening this coming Saturday with live music, kids’ activities and giveaways.

Money raised at the restaurant is put toward developing the ministry.




(Friday Church News Notes, December 4, 2009,, 866-295-4143) –

The liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is splitting over the issue of the ordination of homosexuals. On November 18 a group of Lutherans called CORE (Coalition for Renewal) voted to form a new Lutheran denomination in response to the decision this summer by the ELCA to allow “openly practicing homosexuals” to serve as pastors (“Lutherans Splitting,” Baptist Press, Nov. 25, 2009).

It is not yet certain how many churches will join the new group, as it takes a two-thirds vote for a congregation to leave the ELCA. Some 1,200 supporters of CORE met in late September to show their support for the split.

Eight years ago me and my husband began looking for a church in our area. While sitting in the back row of a Lutheran church as a visitor, I felt the Lord tug at my heart to be a “reader”. This is someone who reads scripture up front during the service. Okay…I thought, I have to be a member to do this.  We joined.

You know how it goes once you join a church, you are asked to be part of the many activities and functions which was fine, but the interaction also revealed how many did not believe scripture. There are members  who do not believe the verse John 14:6. The revelation was shocking to me. I wondered….why did the Lord lead me here?

Over two years ago we were blessed with a new pastor. I went to him asking to please…please preach the gospel and the truth from the scriptures.  He did. When the ELCA voted in the new resolution he resigned from the ELCA risking his salary and pension, trusting in the Lord for provision.

I would like to add that there are some wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ who remain in the ELCA, and who do not agree with the resolution. To those I pray that you make a difference and remain true to the Word of God. Speak boldly and like Paul be not ashamed of the Gospel.

Our congregation does not officially have a two-thirds vote, so some of us have found a new location, and with the guidelines set out by CORE and the LCMC we intend to have a confessional Lutheran church.

Of course, the issue of homosexuality, is really just the tip of the iceberg. Under the surface of the water lies the true foundation of what is sinking all churches, all denominations, across the nations. We find in the murky water, the denial of creation, destruction of marriage and family by divorce and sexual immorality, the blending of false religions with Christianity,  lack of knowledge of scripture and its authority, denial of Christ’s deity, inclusion instead of separation, and then… a weak and compromised Gospel.

Many who study prophecy might agree with me on this next thought. I believe the Lord is testing to see who really belongs to Him because the day of the Lord is near.

Joshua 24:14-15

Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.


And the LCMC

January 2023



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