According to Reuters news feed, Starbucks is thinking about serving $1 coffee with, get this, free refills! Now let me see if I understand this correctly. Starbucks, the home of the $100 cup of Cafe Americano with half of half and half with and half whole milk, half decaf with half caf, served on ice with whipped cream, is thinking about serving coffee? Now don't get me wrong here, I drink Starbucks and like it - what annoys me is when I ask for a cup of coffee and the usual response is, "That's it?" My standard response to that is, "This is a coffee shop, right?"
Times have changed and a cup of coffee isn't a cup of coffee anymore. But with the economy going the way it is Starbucks is looking at McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts thinking, "That isn't a bad idea after all."
Tonight I am going to ask our small group, which is studying Max Lucados 3:16, this question. "Is your faith religion based or relationship based?" You can get a cup of coffee in Starbucks, if you know how to ask for it. Regretfully, the same is true of some churches. You can have a relationship with Jesus, if you know how to ask for it. Offer what is real in a simply way to a world that is searching for Jesus. And if you can do it with free refills? Hmmmm, this isn't a bad idea is it?"