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Content about Lord's Supper -- History

June 1, 2008

Certain experiences are pregnant with new insight, usually more than we recognize at the time. One of those experiences gave me new insights on the Lord’s Supper.

June 1, 2008

When my now-grown sons were young, we took a lot of car trips. On one particularly long journey, after we’d exhausted the usual repertoire of the license plate hunt, Riddly Riddly Ree, and Twenty Questions, the boys came up with a game of their own. They made two signs on pieces of drawing paper. One sign said “Hello!” That one went in the front passenger window. The second said “How is your day going?” The boys held that one up in the back passenger window. It then became my job to pass as many cars as possible.

June 1, 2008

If you’re looking for a good read that will refresh your understanding and especially your experience of the Lord’s Supper, the writings of John Calvin might not immediately come to mind. They are, admittedly, old and occasionally laden with arguments for or against (usually against) the views of certain contemporaries. But, ultimately, neither their age nor such disputation should be held against Calvin’s works, as they are also imbued with rich pastoral insight and devotional depth.

June 1, 2008

As I was walking on campus, I was stopped by a student who wanted to know if she could ask me a question.

“Sure, shoot,” I said.

With a searching tone, she asked, “Why don’t you offer an altar call every week?”

March 1, 1991
Leigh Eric Schmidt. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1989. xiii, 277 pages; notes; index. $32.50.
Reviewed by Keith Watkins, professor of worship at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 1, 1990

In most Reformed and Presbyterian churches, the typical Sunday morning worship service is a preaching service in which the sermon is regarded as the centerpiece. The Lord's Supper, or communion, is celebrated infrequently—perhaps four to six times a year—and is viewed by the congregation as something of a special occasion. Such occasional celebration is so much a part of the life of Calvinistic churches that it is probably not widely known that Calvin himself favored weekly celebration of communion.