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Stories by Joseph O'Brien

Church for the religious and irreligious alike

The doors of hell are locked from the inside

Covenant Presbyterian Church of San Diego Membership: 150Pastor: Patrick KingAge: 34Born: ChicagoFormation: Wheaton College, Chicago; Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, ALYears Ordained: 4 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to preach? Pastor ...

Newbreak pastor sees God surfing all the time

Pastor Quinn’s pet subject is the why of suffering — theodicy

Membership: 2600 (on five campuses: Tierrasanta, East County, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Scripps Mesa) Pastor: Mike Quinn Age: 62 Born: Great Lakes, Illinois Formation: Point Loma Nazarene University, Point Loma; Bethel West University Seminary, San ...

When Jesus was found in the Monkey Place

Interview with Pastor Rob Savlato

“Some will ask, ‘How can a loving God send people to hell?’”

Bible in one hand, newspaper in the other

Pastor Jonathan Doolittle of Concordia Church takes some questions

Clairemont Lutheran Church Membership: 800 Pastor: Jonathan Doolittle Age: 50 Born: Columbus, OH Formation: Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH; Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, IL Years Ordained: 21 San Diego Reader: How long do you ...

Two Christmas Poems

Native Scene The beasts of Jerusalem will murder him, but in the meantime the beasts of Bethlehem warm him with their breath. — Giovanni Papini Nights are still cold on the starry hillside; Dew still ...

Masters' Vieux Carre goes down like soda

"One of the smoothest cocktails I’ve ever had.”

The classic Vieux Carre oozes with the decadence of a New Orleans cathouse even as its name invokes the baroque sophistication of the cast iron rail- and grillwork that entwines the French Quarter. Named for ...

Church of God's mission: Win. Build. Send.

“The harvest is plenty but the workers are few.”

Something pure and holy about downtown’s streets.

Potential to scandalize scotch drinkers

It's mixed, but the drink is not exactly full of peach schnapps and little umbrellas

For a cocktail on Humphreys’ newly revised drink menu, bar manager Austin McAdams uses as a base liquor a perfect 15-year-old scotch. But before serious scotch drinkers storm Humphreys with broadsword and targe, McAdams asks ...

The only alternative for having eternal life

Pastor Bancroft’s urgent message

To say that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven is not a politically correct thing to say, but it’s certainly what the Bible says.

We’ll all be judged for our actions in this life

Unfortunately, we’ll fail to meet God’s standard

Q&A with Pastor-elder Craig Marshall of Grace Bible Church in Kearny Mesa.

Whisknladle arranges a meeting between margarita and negroni

Tortugas all the way down

For Adam Lockridge, bar director at Whisknladle, it’s turtles all the way down — at least, that’s how his guests will feel when they get their first sip of the Tortuga… Original to Whisknladle, this ...

Yes, there will be Harleys in heaven

It all flows from knowing God

Interview with Pastor Al Hester of Evangelical Free Church of America

Off the Market is no one-and-done

Draft arranges a light conversation between sweetness and acidity in its beery cocktail

Draft in Belmont Park combines the best of beery cheer with a mix of high spirits (think: boilermaker in a cocktail dress) — such as the Off the Market. “We don’t incorporate beer into all ...

There’s a unique emphasis which Lutherans have on grace

Jesus will forgive some cruddy things

Pastor Richard Schmidt of Concordia Church in Chula Vista takes our questions.

The Draconids

Reader staffer shares rhyme and verse

For Norah And especially were we led to cultivate that discipline developed in respect to divine and heavenly things as being the only one concerned with the study of things which are always what they ...

Cannonball's Rum Manhattan breaks the surface with a balance of taste and texture

Not one, but two, variations on a classic

While the usual vodka- and gin-based poolside-fixtures are welcomed mixtures on the menu, Cannonball’s general manager Ray Means says Cannonball also serves up the brown liquors and offers seasonal variations on classic cocktails. “We could ...

It’s not about the religion; it’s about the relationship

The appropriate response to grace is a life of thankfulness

Pastor Glen Larsen of Community Church of Poway takes questions.

From eternal death to eternal life

We are in the last of the last days, says Pastor DuVal

We who live in America — our blessings get in the way.

Nestor United Methodist is a nurturing center

You won’t find God in Hell

Membership: 150 (attendance: 100) Pastor: Luis Garcia Age: 53 Born: Monterrey, Mexico Formation: State University of Nuevo Leon, Mexico; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena Years Ordained: 14 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on ...

Caribbean drink, Hawaiian twist

Lazy Dog's Pineapple Mojito comes from two popular spheres of influence

Over at the Lazy Dog, it’s “Hasta la vista!” to the lime and “Aloha” to the pineapple, now that accidents of circumstance have brought two popular spheres of influence – the lime and the pineapple ...

The Brethren share the unconditional love of God

Sometimes our best is not so good

Membership: 53 Pastor: Sara Haldeman-Scarr Age: 59 Born: Bird-in-Hand, PA Formation: Millersville University, Millersville, PA; Bethany Theological Seminary, Oak Brook (now Richmond), Ill. Years Ordained: 28 San Diego Reader: What’s your favorite subject on which ...

The world seems terminally ill

From a corner in La Jolla to the four corners of the Earth

Membership: 100 (Attendance: 190) Denomination: American Baptist Pastor: Adam Stadtmiller Age: 45 Born: San Diego Formation: Point Loma Nazarene College, Point Loma; Azusa Pacific University, Azusa Years Ordained: 20 San Diego Reader: What’s your favorite ...

A drink that is not a pick-me-up so much as a wind-me-down

Perfect home for the Quick Fix

Like New Yorker Tony Bennett singing his heart out for San Francisco, Counterpoint bartender Ryan Andrews has made the East Coast cocktail known as the Quick Fix his own — and in the process a ...

A pimp stands between a prostitute and Jesus

Membership: 250 Pastor: Stephen Phelan Age: 40 Born: Montgomery, AL Formation: University of Virginia & University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, VA; Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL. Years Ordained: 10 SDR: Why did you become ...

Bleu Bohème's Basil Martini: So fresh, so green

Spring sprang a few months ago, but over at Kensington’s Bleu Bohème, things are still looking — and tasting — pretty fresh and green. “It’s a really fresh, delicious, and easy-drinking martini,” bartender Sarah Proctor ...

God is out to save everyone he can

He might destroy you, but God won’t torture you.

Membership: 600 Pastor: Eddie Dopp Age: 63 Born: Seattle, WA Formation: Loma Linda University, Loma Linda; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena Years Ordained: 25 SDR: What’s your main concern as a member of the clergy? PD: ...

Listen to the nudge of the Holy Spirit

Isolation is hell

Membership: 1800 Attendance: 1200–1300 Pastor: Bruce Humphrey Age: 63 Born: Moscow, ID Formation: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Boston Campus) Roxbury, MA; San Francisco Seminary, San Anselmo, CA; Trinity Theological School, Newburgh, ...

A church needs to be at least as friendly as a bar

Membership: 300 Pastor: John Ettore Age: 52 Born: Columbus, Ohio Formation: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; Assembly of God Faith Bible Institute, Chula Vista Years Ordained: 24 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject ...

Our number-one mission is to win other folks to Christ

Every man needs grace and salvation

Membership: 300 Pastor: Philip Clark Age: 61 Born: Covington, KY Formation: Great Plains Baptist College, Sioux Falls, SD Years Ordained: 39 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to preach? Pastor Philip ...

Kind of like a health shake

The Duck Dive’s Jamaican Me Crazy Bloody Mary

With a bumper crop of booze, veggies and crustaceans behind it, the Duck Dive’s Jamaican Me Crazy Bloody Mary is exactly that — a genuine cocktail. According to its creator, Duck Dive general manager and ...

God just loves us. He can’t help himself

Membership: 35 Pastor: Mike Alcorn Age: 72 Born: Schenectady, NY Formation: San Diego Mesa College, San Diego; Frederick K.C. Price School of Ministry (Crenshaw Christian Center/Ever Increasing Faith Ministries), Los Angeles Years Ordained: 30 San ...

The call to preach is the call to prepare

All about Jesus Christ

Pastor: David Cajiuat (pronounced ka-hee-watt) Age: 48 Born: Baguio, Philippines Formation: Ambassador Baptist College, Shelby, NC Years Ordained: 12 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to preach? Pastor David Cajiuat: Jesus. ...

Crafted Cocktails brings that taste home

"Why should San Diego’s bartenders have all the fun?” Felicia Vieira found the answer to this question and put it in a bottle. Since opening last year, Vieira’s San Diego–based Crafted Cocktails has been bringing ...

Earth, the purgatorial planet

Membership: 80 Pastor: Brian Grandon Age: 53 Born: Tacoma, WA Formation: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA; Unity Institute and Seminary, Kansas City, MO Years Ordained: 1 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite topic on ...

After we die, we’re going to be part of that dream

No longer assume that everyone goes to church, synagogue, mosque, or temple.

Story in a glass at Aero Club

You’ll thank the storyteller twice for the Be Good or Be Gone

Opened in 1947 as a flyboy-and-gal joint by aviatrix Maryann Prophet, the Aero Club has made its mark for serving whiskey flights like they mean it. “The thing about being a whiskey bartender is that ...

Jesus crashed into my darkness in a radical way

Membership: 2500 Pastor: Mike Reed Age: 49 Born: Fort Sill, OK Formation: Southern California College (now Vanguard University), Costa Mesa. Years Ordained: 28 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to preach? ...

My spirit will live in the presence of God

Looking forward to no more sin, racism, sexism, murder, or deception.

Wine boom meets whiskey craze

Upgraded sangria appeals to both the establishment and the moment.

If there’s going to be a bar in town that serves a wine-and-whiskey cocktail — and make it work — why not Asian-fusion eatery Roppongi Restaurant and Sushi Bar? It makes sense, coming from the ...

The cross is everything

"There is a place that sinners desire to be all alone."

After a week of being beaten up by the world, listen to Pastor Henderson.

Kiss-friendly tipple

For Valentine’s Day you can hardly do better than the Divine Aspect

It ain’t pink or red, doesn’t include anything remotely chocolate, and it doesn’t come with a rose garnish, but for Valentine’s Day you’d hardly do better than suggest a drink that brings out a bit ...

We have a Father-Mother God

Membership: 200 Pastor: Blair Tabor Age: 63 Born: Minneapolis, MN Formation: University of California-San Diego; Unity Village, Kansas City, MO Years Ordained: 34 San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing your sermon? Pastor ...

We are encouraged and enlightened

Know Jesus, no hell

Membership: 500 Pastor: Jim Henkell Age: 42 Born: Chicago Formation: Concordia University, Irvine; Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO Years Ordained: 17 SDR: How long do you spend writing your sermon? Pastor Jim Henkell: We tend ...

The Lord really spoke to us

Southport Christian center, a lighthouse in a dark corner

Membership: 200 Pastor: Carolyn Nichols Age: 81 Born: San Bernardino Formation: University of La Verne, La Verne; Claremont Graduate University, Claremont; the King’s Seminary, Van Nuys Years Ordained: 22 San Diego Reader: What is your ...

Humanity is not all written off

College footballer chooses the pulpit over the gridiron

Pastor Terry Brooks preached his first sermon at age eight.

The Bible is clear

A generation of young people is beginning to rise up.

Membership: 1500 Pastor: Al Valdez Age: 40 Born: Hollywood, CA Formation: Latin American Bible Institute, La Puente, CA; Facultad Teologia, Montebello, CA; Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA Years Ordained: 15 San Diego Reader: What is ...

Our vision is to glorify God

Far Easterners with folky beliefs, or brain-washed by Communists, find counsel at Chinese Bible Church.

Citrus savory showcase of balance

Bertrand at Mister A's Southern Dove may be the official drink of an Indian summer's last hurrah.

Yes, summer is over, but in San Diego, the season makes subtle adjustments to her wardrobe, calls herself “Indian,” and parties on…. To that end, Mister A’s Southern Dove could serve as official drink of ...

The most American drink on the menu

Making something from nothing with the Rum Runner.

"A disaster in a glass.” So says Kanai Williams, the Salty Dog’s front man behind the bar, about this Imperial Beach joint’s premiere chockablock chug-a-lug — the Rum Runner. “And that’s probably the only reason ...

Many people don’t understand the truth about God

God is close to the broken-hearted.

Membership: 1100 Pastor: Luis Mendez Age: 55 Born: Tijuana, Mexico Formation: San Diego State University; San Diego Church of Christ Missionary Years Ordained: 15 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to ...

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