Category Archives: Sacraments

New Post Up at Wineskins: N. T. Wright’s The Meal Jesus Gave Us

Reflections on N. T. Wright’s 1999 book The Meal Jesus Gave Us: Understanding Holy Communion. 

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Progressive Churches of Christ: Baptism

So the subject is Sacraments, and we’ve talked about the Lord’s Supper. That leaves baptism. And we’re much better at our baptismal practices than our Eucharistic practices. At least, some of us are. I visited one church that had a … Continue reading

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Progressive Churches of Christ: The Lord’s Supper, Part 2

Next, think about this in terms of story. When we take communion in our traditional way at church, what is the story that we are telling? In many churches, the story is: We care about the scriptures more than “the … Continue reading

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Progressive Churches of Christ: The Lord’s Supper, Part 1

Let’s talk about the Sacraments. You see, I’m persuaded that a key step in the right direction is a re-envisioning of the Sacraments as community events that draw us toward Jesus. The traditional Church of Christ approach to the Lord’s … Continue reading

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A Reader’s Question on Defending Baptism

I get emails — My daughter has been routinely put on the spot by kids in her class for her doctrinal convictions. She does not accost her friends with her beliefs but is regularly asked how in the world she … Continue reading

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Worship: The Assembly (the Lord’s Supper, Part 3)

Now, when we try to connect the Lord’s Supper with the Temple or tabernacle, we quickly find the close analogy of the Passover. John says that Jesus was crucified on the Friday before Passover (John 19:14), called the Day of Preparation. … Continue reading

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Worship: The Assembly (the Lord’s Supper, Part 2)

We have this tendency to treat the assembly in a pagan way. Rather than seeing the Lord’s Supper as a gift and a blessing to be gratefully received from God, we see it as a magic spell. If we get … Continue reading

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Worship: The Assembly (the Lord’s Supper, Part 1)

In the NT, ekklēsia refers to the people in the church, not the assembly per se.  We are always the church, and so, in a sense, we Christians are always gathered to hear God’s word and to worship. But very occasionally, the … Continue reading

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Worship: Baptism and the Church as Temple

So, being a Church of Christ kind of guy, I’ve been thinking about the preceding posts on worship and wondering what the implications of the Creation and the church each being God’s temple would be for baptism. Does seeing things … Continue reading

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Baptism: Grace and Baptism, Part 5 (Why Grace Does Not Destroy Baptism)

Let’s get back to where we started: grace and baptism. Here’s the difficult thought that we need to wrestle to the ground: How can grace forgive sin (including doctrinal error — but not a lack of faith in Jesus) and … Continue reading

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