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Don’t neglect communion

The second most popular post on my blog over the past ten years (and by quite some margin) is this one – Scriptures for Communion. When you add in the third most popular Invitations to the table not to mention Bread & Wine as a covenant meal, A communion prayer, Communion: personal reflections, then by a long country mile the most popular topic on this blog is The Lords’ Supper. Every Saturday (without fail) my blog experiences a spike in readers. The explanation is very simple, people who on Saturday are preparing for church on…

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A neglected meal

We all know that communion is always theologically rich but often experientially poor while our sung worship can be the exact opposite. There are lots of reasons why that might be the case but I am frequently challenged to invest more into our practice of communion. Douglas Wilson points out that communion is a reminder of why we exist: This Table is all about communion with God, and that is why God created us—to have communion with Him. If He created us to have communion with Him, then having communion with Him is…

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History, Eschatology and Community in the Lord’s Supper

In the entry on the Lord’s Supper in Roger Olson’s A-Z of Evangelical Theology he mentions Stanley Grenz’s attempt to ‘breathe new life into evangelical celebration of the Lord’s Supper.’ Grenz emphasized three elements history, eschatology and community. For him, the ordinance has three distinct orientations by which it establishes the individual believer’s identity in relation to the community of God’s people. It reenacts the history of salvation that focuses, especially for Christians, on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ; it directs believers’ attention to the future fulfilment of the kingdom of God…

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Do evangelicals ignore the Lord's Supper?

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…

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