The Church-lady type are going to hate this show — which is too bad because they’re the ones who really need to hear it.
Most of the time, when we hear about the Christian life, it’s about the hands-on parts. How do I stand strong when tempted? Or develop a richer prayer life?
When was the last time you heard about a Christian understanding of rest and fellowship?
Not so long ago, guys would get together with other guys. It was a place where they could let their guard down, and talk about the real issues of life — personal, professional, family, faith … all of it.
Those meetings were so effective because they were intentional. There were no distractions, no cell phones, no meetings to rush off to. There was time for meaningful conversation about big topics. More often than not, a decent cigar would complete the picture.
Have you been told that smoking cigars are somehow ‘beneath’ the dignity of a believer?
You’d have to take that problem up with the likes of C.S. Lewis, Sir J.R.R. Tolkein, Charles Sturgeon, Deitrich Bonhoeffer, Paul Ramsey and John Gresham Machen. (To name a few.)
From a blog on the topic of theologians and tobacco, we have this quote:
Setting cigarettes aside, I think pipe and cigar users enjoy smoking because it provides three substantial pleasures. First, a high-quality cigar or a well-packed pipe presents occasion for patience (as Machen noticed). It takes at least 45 minutes to finish a decent cigar. That is time set aside for backyard meditation or contemplation. Few things better slow down a busy day and bring it in for a relaxed landing than a burning stogie and an iced bourbon.
Second, smoking in the company of others enhances conviviality. Conversation assumes a satisfying pace as the talkers pause periodically to draw on their pipes or cigars.
Third, smoking is an excellent aesthetic pleasure. There are the tools—cigar cutters, lighters and pipe cleaners—whose use is a soothing ritual. And smoke itself moves with visual elegance, in serene white or blue undulations, with a languorous ascent into the sky.
In this Warriors & Wildmen Podcast, Rich and Doug talk about one their favorite topics … cigars. Persnickety religious dorks will HATE this podcast but aficionados and beginners will glean greatly from their dialogue.
And for those without much experience with smoking a (decent) stogie, there are plenty of great tips for the uninitiated. Enjoy!
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