Coffeehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life
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Coffeehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life

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How does our societal context shape our views about God, what Scripture says, and how we express our faith? In this reader-friendly guide, Cyzewski explores the interaction between culture and theology. Discover how reflecting on God's presence, the Bible, tradition, and the global church can move us beyond boundaries as we follow Christ in a postmodern world. 240 pages, softcover from NavPress.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1600062776
ISBN-13: 9781600062773

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Publisher's Description

Theology should breathe life and unity among God's people, but today’s culture creates a barrier of ignorance and misunderstanding in the study of God. Author Ed Cyzewski seeks to build a method for theology that is rooted in a relationship with God and thrives on dialogue.

Author Bio

Ed Cyzewski obtained his MDiv from the Biblical Theological Seminary. During his studies there, he began to investigate the new things God is doing in the church, including Christianity’s interaction with postmodernism, and has been seeking ways to help the church thrive in a shifting culture. He blogs on theology at and on writing at He also serves as the chair of the Northshire Nonprofit Network.

Author Bio

Ed Cyzewski (MDiv Biblical Theological Seminary) works as a freelance writer in the nonprofit sector of southwest Vermont. He serves as the chair of the Northshire Nonprofit Network and with several ministries and nonprofit organizations in Vermont. He blogs regularly on theology at and on writing at

Publisher Description

Theology should breathe life and unity among God's people, but today’s culture creates a barrier of ignorance and misunderstanding in the study of God. Author Ed Cyzewski seeks to build a method for theology that is rooted in a relationship with God and thrives on dialogue. Through stories and illustrations, you’ll gather the basic tools needed to study God.

Publisher's Weekly

Freelance theologian Cyzewski enters into the Emergent conversation from the conservative end of the evangelical spectrum. He urges readers to explore theology while reassuring them that they don’t have to become postmodern philosophers: theology can be considered, as it were, in the coffeehouse. Arguing that “[o]ur local settings and cultural values—in other words, our context—influence how we read God’s Word,” Cyzewski approaches “contextual theology” by weaving together discussions of mission, culture, God, Scripture, tradition and the global church. Personal anecdotes of his own growth in faith are disarming in their honesty. While this accessible work is a useful introduction to aspects of Emergent theology, Cyzewski’s summary of modernism and postmodernism is sometimes too sketchy to be useful; however, each chapter includes valuable suggestions for further reading. Gently nudging his fellow Christians to listen to diverse points of view, Cyzewski doesn’t explain why he is committed to engaging in dialogue with some aspects of culture and not others (say, progressive theologians and secularists). This addition to books about emerging and missional forms of Christianity ends on a hopeful note for unity across denominations. (Sept.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Andrew Demolien
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    August 31, 2010
    Andrew Demolien
    Coffeehouse Theology may best be described as an introduction to, and argument for, doing theology. More specifically, for doing 'contextual theology.' In it Ed argues that we need to understand our culture in order to understand, teach, or practice theology. We are ourselves culturally conditioned and, consequently, need to understand our culture in order to understand our own biases. The same goes for living it or spreading it. In order to take this position Ed spends five chapters exploring our culture; how it has changed, how it affects us, and so on. He then goes on to place the center of theology in God, and the central practices of theology as prayer and reflection. Next come three chapters examining theology in light of the bible, church tradition, and the global church, before he concludes by commenting on our mutual love of God as the unifying factor for the diverse theologies encouraged and experienced within postmodernity. This book provides a clear and concise treatment of theology; what it is, why we do it, and how. This is incredibly rare, making this book, in some senses, a gem. Ed does many things right, consistently demonstrating a balanced viewpoint and encouraging the same in the reader. On the other hand, this book places too much emphasis on the up-to-date nature of cultural engagement and the affect this has on theology. Part of the beauty of theology is that through it we can not only learn to engage our culture, but step outside of it. Not, obviously, to some kind of complete objectivity, but still as a way of seeing ourselves differently. Ed gives his nod in this direction, but it seems to have not penetrated the message of the book. This book is very introductory. I say that mostly as a compliment; we need readable and well written introductions to theology. At times, however, it was too much, as Ed spent more time than necessary on several points as well as on repetition. Overall, a very good book.
  2. Jason Rigby
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 7, 2009
    Jason Rigby
    Coffee House Theology is a wonderful book that engages a conversation with the postmodern Christian mind in asking questions about theology. I felt it was more of an introduction to contextual theology than an in-depth study. It left me wanting more depth from this writer. The book gave a clear description of what contextual theology is about I love this statement Our local settings and cultural values-in other words, our context-influence how we read Gods Word. Pg. 19 The Global viewpoint of our view on God and scripture was insightful. On pg. 62 Ed raises an important point about culture, Every culture has opportunities and challenges.My favorite chapter was Chapter 3 titled Mission why the church needs theology by far is worth the price of the book. I love this excerpt taken from pg 34--Instead of asking how we can get people to church, mission asks how we can get church to the people. It would be great for the author to write a book using only Chapter 3!To compare The Andy Griffith Show to the Real World on MTV was a great analogy of how modern and postmodern viewpoints exist and clash. I was challenged to reinvent the way I dialogue with nonbelievers in this new postmodern world. I appreciated his clarity in that sometimes the Word of God will be prophetic and go against the grain of culture. The goal as stated on pg. 101 was to be relevant and prophetic. I had to repent from this truthful statement We cant hope to keep the church precisely like its early predecessors anymore than we can keep bell-bottoms or togas in style.Being a conservative orthodox Christian I had concerns over several liberal ecumenical undertones. Chapter 11 dealing with catholic and charismatic experiences was for me extrabiblical. I would not discount the book for this as I believe the church needs to begin dialogue in a postmodern world today more than ever! This book begins that needed discussion.
  3. Marta Hoelscher
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 18, 2009
    Marta Hoelscher
    When I was asked by the author to read this book, I kind of was expecting a stuffy, dry theology textbook. What I read instead was an extremely enlightening book explaining the concept of Post Modernism and then Contextual Theology in terms almost everyone will understand. Cyzewski explains that we are all theologians, and that anyone who studies the bible, reads religous literature, listens to a sermon, discusses God or Faith, or just prays is a Theologian. Theology is understanding God and his relationship to our world and ourselves. I loved this aspect of the book because sometimes I think we get very hung up on titles and the average person feels like religion is above him. (No pun intended!) Coffeehouse Theology would be a wonderful resource for someone just beginning on his walk with God and also for the experienced Christian. To understand how we came to our beliefs about God we have to understand where the beliefs came from, and to do this we have to understand the context in which each of those interpretations were made. The book does an excellent job of walking the reader through a thorough understanding of contextual theology and how it helps to form our beliefs. I truly hope that everyone has a chance to read this book. I think it will expand your knowledge and help in your walk with God. Ed Cyzewski writes in a way that almost everyone will understand and learn from. I'd recommend this book to everyone who wants to explore their faith a little further and learn a little more about understanding each other rather than being divided.~
  4. Julie
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    March 3, 2009
    In "Coffeehouse Theology" I found a book that combines the depth of a theology textbook with the relevance of a conversation among friends. He takes the depth of scripture and applies it to our daily lives, our daily struggles and the ethical/moral issues we face in a postmodern world. "Coffeehouse Theology" is a great tool for college students and young adults who are searching for ways to apply the faith they trust with the world they see. With text that is clear, illustrations that are relevant and words that cut right to the truth, this is a perfect tool for a book club or study group... but only if you want to take your faith to a very real and challenging level. This text addresses scripture, culture, the world near and the world far, our traditions and the many different influences that affect how we develop our belief system.
  5. Mike Wade
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 9, 2009
    Mike Wade
    I recently heard a former member of my church characterized as the kind of person who would run into the presence of God and loudly denounce him as a liberal. It is this brand of arrogance that caused the Pharisees to go toe-to-toe with Jesus. I even remember, as a much younger man, my horror at discovering that some in the church were not sure that Jesus was a real historical person. It is precisely this mindset that piled wood on the fires of postmodern thought. However, in seminary, I wondered how to best reach a postmodern thinker with the undeniable truth and irresistible love of God.In his book Coffeehouse Theology, Ed Cyzewski bridges the gap between a theology that declares absolute truth and a philosophy that asserts no truth is possible. Ed encourages his readers to shift their theological focus from man made distinctives, back to the study of God. He relives his own encounters with the theology of others and their ability to make him consider an alternative point of view without embracing all that it represents. Far from a call to neo-ecumenicism, Coffeehouse Theology, invites the reader to consider that despite the different flavorings and variations available at your neighborhood coffeehouse, what is served is still coffee. In other words, we Christians should follow the biblical admonition in Acts 17:11, examining the Scriptures daily {to see} whether these things were so.
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