A few days ago, several guys and I went to Messenger Coffee for a cupping. In case you are waiting for a translation, according to Wikipedia, a cupping is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee.

For a rookie coffee guy like myself, this experience was awesome.

When we arrived, there were seven types of coffee beans set around a high table. Our cupping specialist, otherwise known as a Q Grader had set everything up and was ready to go when we arrived at 7am.

He explained some basic background and then we got started on the cupping.

At first we sniffed the roasted beans….then the beans were ground up and we did another round of sniffing…then water was added to the beans and after waiting for a crust to form on the surface, we broke the crust and sniffed again.

At this point it was time to taste the coffee…but this was no ordinary tasting. We attempted to slurp the coffee into our mouths so it splashed our palette allowing us to experience the full affect.

Our Q Grader was incredible at slurping….words.cannot.describe!

I choked…seriously…it went down the wrong tube. But don’t let that fool you…the coffee was phenomenal.

Since the cupping, I have a much deeper appreciation for coffee, the people who work to get the coffee to us and Messenger Coffee.

Context is a game changer.

This Sunday, I look forward to sharing from John 7:1-13. This will be the first of five sermons covering the events in John 7. In order to help us understand more of the teaching and decision making of Jesus at the time, I look forward to sharing the context behind the Feast of Booths.  

Similar to my experience cupping, studying the context to the First Century Jewish traditions along with the life of Jesus could prove to be a game changer for your spiritual life.

If you missed the sermon last week, we have a QUICK SERMON RECAP HERE.

If this email caused you to want a cup of coffee, I highly suggest Messenger Coffee.

I hope you have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you at 9 or 10:45am on Sunday.