What comes to mind when you think of popular hangouts for teenagers and young adults these days? Theaters? Malls? A friend's house? Yes, to all of the above. But one place that has become increasingly addictive...you got it, coffee shops! Starbucks immediately pops in your head, doesn't it? Well, despite the overpriced drinks ("Can I have a veinte mocha soy latte with a double shot of espresso, light on the whip cream, a tiny bit of extra vanilla flavoring, and two packets of artificial sweetener?"), decadent and elaborate pastries, and comfy chairs, there is indeed method to all that sweet and caffeinated madness. Trendy hot-spots for young adults have also become like a second home to many, boasting a comfortable, light atmosphere with a calm ambiance for whomever graces their doorway and drops into their plush and welcoming chairs.
One group in particular, young Christians, has taken advantage of the warm and inviting environment of coffee shops and created a common ground for those who desire to fellowship with other believers. Having been a coffee addict since the tender age of 16, I can unreservedly attest to the allure of meeting in such a place. At almost every visit to the nearby coffeehouse, at least one group could always be seen delving into God's Word, talking about their beliefs, discussing difficult questions, encouraging the broken, holding hands, and praying for each and every prayer request. It was greatly encouraging just witnessing moments like that, knowing that faith in Christ is not completely absent amongst the young and informed. As mentioned before, there is indeed method--and divine purpose--for the enigma we know and love as the coffeehouse...and their frequent patrons I have fondly nicknamed the "Coffeehouse Christians." In addition to the physical rejuvenation experienced after inhaling that veinte mocha soy latte blah blah blah...God assures us that, "[He] will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint." (Jeremiah 31:25, NIV) No caffeine required.