I’m continuing to think through, the hows, whys and wherefores of the Lord’s Supper and what it might mean to be devoted to it (Acts 2:42). So I’ve begun by mining my bookshelves for insights and ideas, feel free to make suggestions.
One of the first books I picked up was Roger Olson’s A-Z of Evangelical Theology and it was less than complimentary about evangelicals contribution in this area. Take this for an opening line of an article:
“Evangelicals have not concentrated a great deal of theological attention on the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.”
Or how about this punch a little later on…
“Evangelical theology has contributed little that is new or distinctive to the understanding of the Lord’s Supper.”
Perhaps we think the theology is clear enough once we’ve dispensed with the idea of transubstantiation or perhaps, and this is my hunch, the act of participation is always subservient to the act of proclamation in the minds of the evangelical. In other words the preaching is more important. Perhaps today we could act that singing is also more important. Both of those things would be odd considering Jesus told us to do neither of those things but did tell us to break bread together.
So, can anyone put Olson straight? Where are the compelling contributions by evangelicals on the Lords’ Supper?