Recently I had the opportunity to speak to a church group from a tradition quite unlike the one I grew up in. They meet once a month at a local pub and bring in a guest speaker who relates how his Christian faith intersects with daily living.
I had never spoken to an audience with alcoholic drinks in their hands before. Never spoken in a "jazz lounge" where smoking is allowed although nobody lit up. Guess I've lived a pretty sheltered life.
When asked to speak to this group I thought of how Jesus would have responded. He would take every opportunity to speak truth into the lives of his audience. He was often accused of being a "winebibber", whatever that is, but He went where the common people were.
Following my talk I had more people comment on how much they enjoyed the evening than I've had when I've been in traditional church settings. I had many opportunies to encourage people and to "let my light shine". Driving home I was grateful that I had accepted the invitation. It was a great evening!
"Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation." - Mark 16:15