This article originally appeared on August 20, 2021 at Baptist News Global.
Across the American South, it’s hard to sit in a coffee shop anywhere and not overhear a Bible study or a conversation about Christian faith. America’s obsession with coffee — whether from Starbucks or the hippest new local spot — has spilled over to conversations about faith.
The blend of talk about religion and coffee has become so pervasive that a number of larger churches have opened their own coffee shops to facilitate faith-sharing and Bible study.
Clearly, Jesus didn’t turn water into coffee — at least as recorded in any of the four Gospels. So how did faith conversations start percolating in coffee shops? The answer begins, like a good Bible story, with a goat herder.