On the night of his betrayal, Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper. Jesus gave the bread and cup to his disciples so that they could remember Jesus because he was about to leave the world. Jesus explains, “do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19). So during the Last Supper, the Lord’s Supper became one of two institutions that Christ left the church. Given the importance of this meal, we need to turn to the Bible to learn what it says about the Lord’s Supper. Here’s an attempt to do just that by starting with the Gospels. [Read more…] about What Do The Gospels Teach about the Lord’s Supper?
Throughout the history of the church, Jesus’ institution of the Lord’s Supper has played a key role. And yet his words have also played a controversial role. During the Protestant Reformation, the fault lines were drawn around the issue of the Eucharist. Did the bread and wine make Christ present by transforming the elements into the body and blood of Christ (Roman Catholic View) or did Christ become present in the elements without this transformation (Reformed view)?
While James Arcadi does not try to adjudicate such historical debates, he does offer a constructive proposal for how one can see the elements making Christ present on the basis of Chalcedonian orthodoxy. [Read more…] about Review of An Incarnational Model of the Eucharist by James Arcadi
The three synoptic Gospels record Jesus’ institution of the Lord’s Supper (Mark 14:22–25; Luke 22:14–23; Matthew 26:26–30). They underscore the obvious import of the institution. Yet curiously John’s Gospel does not. Why is this?
The answer is that John’s Gospel shows how Christ can both be absent from the disciples and abide among them. Put simply, John answers the question, “How can Christ be among us after he ascends to heaven?” [Read more…] about Why John’s Gospel Doesn’t Record Jesus’ Institution of the Lord’s Supper
Christianity grew from a faith with a few hundred people to 30 million people in under four-hundred years. By the year four-hundred, half of the Roman Empire’s 60 million people believed in Jesus Christ. From being a persecuted minority to being the majority faith among the Romans, Christianity triumphed.
How exactly did this happen? That’s the question that Bart Ehrman asks in his latest work, The Triumph of Christianity. [Read more…] about Review of The Triumph of Christianity by Bart Ehrman
Most of us understand 2 Corinthians 8–9 to be a passage on giving. And it certainly speaks to the need to give. Yet Paul asks the Corinthians to give because they share in the grace of koinonia with the church of Jerusalem through the Gospel. Put into contemporary terms, local churches must cooperate with other local churches because they share in the grace of fellowship. This is Paul’s argument. [Read more…] about The Most Underused Passage on Church Unity in the Bible
Before condemning or affirming someone, we should listen to the source (I am looking at myself here!). In light of that, I listened to the sermon in which Andy Stanley speaks of unhitching the Old Testament from our faith. here are a few thoughts.