Tweed carries certain connotations for me: heritage… tradition… history… conservatism. I added it to the name of the blog as a tribute to the classical conservatives who’ve influenced me, in the tradition of Edmund Burke, John Taylor of Caroline, Nathaniel Macon, John Randolph of Roanoke, James Fenimore Cooper, T.S. Eliot, G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Richard Weaver, Robert Nisbet, Russell Kirk, and Roger Scruton.
Why a tavern?
Throughout history, taverns have been a hub for theological, philosophical, and political discussion and debate… The local tavern was the focal point—the very heart—of the local community. Not only a place for friends to commiserate or celebrate, the tavern would become the venue where theologians would expound and reflect on their studies, protestant dissenters would take their stand on the absolute authority of God’s Word, and patriots would plot their resistance of tyranny.
A few examples of the source of inspiration for the Tavern include:
• The White Horse Inn — Not long after Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenburg, a small band of English scholars, including William Tyndale, Hugh Latimer, Thomas Cranmer, and others, began to meet regularly in a Cambridge tavern called the White Horse Inn, to discuss the German Reformer’s writings.
This explanation from Dr. Michael Horton really captures the spirit behind Tweed Tavern:
“These meetings were not simply informal discussions over ale, for the White Horse Inn, by its frequent and regular open discussions on the key issues of Protestant theology, soon became the kindling fire for the larger English Reformation as a whole… As it turned out, most of the men who originally met at the White Horse Inn were martyred in later years, and as one writer put it, these men ‘would offer their lives to procure the truths of faith that they rallied for over pints of ale in that Cambridge pub…’ The White Horse Inn meetings helped to forge in these men an unwavering faith in the pure, unadulterated gospel of free grace in Christ, and it is our prayer that God would once again pour out his Spirit, granting to his Church a modern Reformation.”
• The Crown and Anchor Tavern — A large public house in London where dissenters (both political and protestant) would often assemble from the mid-1700s to early 1800s. The protestant dissenters also held a conference here where they drafted a resolution in opposition to the state church, taking a stand on the autonomy of the local church, the authority of Scripture, and the sole headship of Christ.
• The Green Dragon Tavern — A popular tavern in Boston that became known as the “headquarters of the American Revolution.” It was from this tavern that, among other events, the Sons of Liberty planned the Boston Tea Party, and Paul Revere was sent out on his famous “midnight ride.”
• The Eagle and Child — A cozy tavern in Oxford where the Inklings (an informal theological and literary discussion group led by J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and others) would meet every Tuesday morning for study and discussion.
Hoping to honor the tradition… Welcome to Tweed Tavern!
My wholehearted and unceasing longing is to, in some way, bring glory to Christ through my life. This blog is merely another platform for that endeavor. (Why blog? I can’t say it any better than Pastor Dan Phillips does here.) My hope is simply to challenge deep thinkers to become more passionate followers of Christ, and to exhort passionate followers of Christ to think more deeply about their faith.
I owe a debt of gratitude, for much of the knowledge and passion I have, to my father and three older brothers, who have always been examples to me of leaders, disciples of Christ, loving husbands and fathers, defenders of the faith, and men of honor. Other major influences in my life include Gene Cunningham, Doug Bookman, Gary Horton, Paul Henebury, John Chase, Henry Morris, Lewis Sperry Chafer, J.R.R. Tolkien, Richard Weaver, Louis L’Amour, and Ernest Shackleton.
Primary areas of interest and study include:
– Theology of Worship
– Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
– Biblical Inerrancy
– Self Defense