Communion Table Discussions Posted

Yesterday I posted a series of 9 communion discussions that are designed to be had around the communion table with other Christians. The attempt here is to bring back a communal feel to the supper and have people engage in dialog about Jesus Christ and His sacrifice. I know 9 isn’t a scriptural number like […]

Recognizing The Body and the Lord’s Supper

Paul taught on many occasions that there is only one body of Christ and that Christians make up that body. Here are a few places Paul teaches on that, “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we […]

Sharing The Lord’s Supper Around Tables

Sunday nights at the building pose its own special set of issues. You can do a scaled down Sunday morning. You can just sing. Or you can try something outside of the box. Last year we had people tell their story. It was moving and I still remember much of what was said and the […]

Just Stuffing Our Faces

I was baptized by Stan Webb when I was 11 at the Lafayette Church of Christ in Ballwin, Missouri. One of the first questions I had was what I was supposed to do when communion was passed. I got some really good advice. I was told that it was a time to remember what Jesus […]

Religious Systematic Desensitization

Back in General Psych 101 you probably remember the term “Systematic Desensitization.” This is a treatment used for phobias where you take that person and slowly introduce them to their phobia first at a great distance and then closer and closer until they realize they aren’t really afraid of it anymore. You can’t just put […]

The Lord’s Supper Breaks With Ancient Culture

Many times during the Lord’s Supper you hear the phrase “memorial feast.” That is in reference to Jesus command to partake of the Supper “in remembrance of me.” There is an interesting bit of ancient Greco-Roman background concerning burial practices that makes this statement interesting to me. Everett Ferguson in his book  Backgrounds of Early […]

A Pew With a View

This morning during the Lord’s Supper I was doing my best to “discern the body of Christ” by looking to see who was seated around me and think about what was going on in their lives. In my immediate area of the auditorium I was in arms length of people in these situations: A young […]

Remembering, Forgetting, and the Lord’s Supper

We talk a lot about remembering when we gather around the table for the Lord’s Supper. In the Bible remembering often implies more than just not forgetting a set of details surrounding events. Remembering implies that we live in light of that which we remember. When God’s people crossed through the Red sea and lived […]

Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Supper

Jesus gathered the 12 into an upper room to eat a passover meal with his friends. We aren’t exactly sure if this is THE passover meal or one of the meals during the passover week. If it is the main passover meal we wonder why more isn’t said of the more obvious symbol of Jesus […]

Was Jesus Being Unreasonable? – John 6

“Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real […]