Joseph O'Brien

Joseph O’Brien writes the Set 'Em Up Joe drink column, interviews local church leaders for Sheep and Goats, and selects the religious-literary excerpts for the Reader. O’Brien has published three volumes of verse with Stone Silo Press and his poems have appeared in a number of literary journals. “Cataracts and Hurricanoes” is from Departure at Hebrus, forthcoming from Korrektiv Press.

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Jesus has enough fans but not so many followers

Membership: 200 (adults) Denomination: Independent Executive Pastor: Raymond van Pletsen Age: 66 Born: Johannesburg, South Africa Formation: Calvary Bible College, Kansas City, MO; Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX Years Ordained: 34 San Diego Reader: What ...

If you can help me, I’ll give you my life

Membership: 2200 Pastor: Mike MacIntosh Age: 70 Born: Portland, OR Formation: Azusa Pacific University, Azusa; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena Years Ordained: 42 San Diego Reader: What’s your favorite subject on which to preach? Pastor Mike ...

I didn’t have to accept sickness, and didn’t deserve it

Membership (estimated): 20 at a time Elected Reader: Marsha Pecaut Born: West Covina Formation: California State Polytechnic University of Pomona, California State University of Fresno Years Associated with Society: “Since a child.” San Diego Reader: ...

In a body of light

"To tell the truth, I just live this."

They talk from the heart at Fraternal Spiritualist Church.

Sophisticated simplicity

Fresh grapefruit is the key to Tipsy Crow’s Salty Dog

‘We have signs outside that say, ‘Home of the Salty Dog,’ so people think we’re claiming we invented the Salty Dog,” bartender Daniel Baker says with a laugh. “But I have to tell them that, ...

What is the one thing in life I was created for?

The secret of John and a vampire named Ozzy.

Membership: 700 Affiliation: Association of Related Churches (ARC) Pastor: Aaron Jayne Age: 38 Born: Wichita, KS Formation: Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ; planted Dream Center, Los Angeles Years Ordained: 10 San Diego Reader: What’s your ...

Trunk of bourbon, branches of syrup, roots of Chartreuse

The Seven Grand’s bar manager Brett Winfield wants to give it to you straight. But before he does, you better have a cocktail — or, as he calls it, “a Whiskey Delivery Method.” “We don’t ...

Nothing else makes any sense for me

Pastor James West of Atonement Lutheran Church

Membership: 45 (regular attendance) Pastor: James West Age: 57 Born: Bismarck, ND Formation: Northwestern University, Evansville, IL; Lutheran Seminary, St. Paul, MN Years Ordained: 32 San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing your ...

The Annette Funicello of cocktails

A perfect companion to SoCal clambakes or a beach blanket in Baja, it also harkens to the warmth and whitewashed villas of the Amalfi Coast. That’s the Roman Pipeline. This Annette Funicello of cocktails, according ...

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