Coffee and church

Local pastor Mark Clark began a three-week sermon series, Skeptics Forum, at Moka House in Grandview Corners this week.

“When it comes to God and Christianity, your average person isn’t asking the kinds of questions that can sometimes monopolize a church’s focus,” Clark said in a release. “(The average person) wants to know if there is a God in our world of pain and suffering. And if there is, he wants to know why he should care.”

The discussions come in response to Sunday morning sermons Clark gave at Village Church, which meets at Rosemary Heights Elementary. The series of sermons went on to experience widespread popularity online, with more than 3,000 podcast downloads in its debut month.

“We live in a culture of skeptical thinkers – I think people find it refreshing to hear how Christians frankly deal with some of the toughest questions Christianity as a whole faces today,” Clark said.

The Skeptics Forum began Feb. 16 and will continue Feb. 23 and March 2 at 7 p.m.

Open discussion and local musicians will follow.