Eucharist: Christ's Feast with the Church

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This book is envisioned as a follow up to Stookey's successful Baptism: Christ's Act in the Church, published in 1982. It will provide historical--theological perspective in a style that is "popular," rather than academically heavy; and, it will be ecumenical in scope, but with a concentration on Protestantism. The shared Calvinian eucharistic tradition of Presbyterians, UCC, and Methodists will be particularly explored. It will also provide material pertinent to preaching, study of the eucharist by laity, and ...
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Overview

This book is envisioned as a follow up to Stookey's successful Baptism: Christ's Act in the Church, published in 1982. It will provide historical--theological perspective in a style that is "popular," rather than academically heavy; and, it will be ecumenical in scope, but with a concentration on Protestantism. The shared Calvinian eucharistic tradition of Presbyterians, UCC, and Methodists will be particularly explored. It will also provide material pertinent to preaching, study of the eucharist by laity, and practical local reform that implements recent revisions of denominational rites.

The author of Christ's Act in the Church concentrates on Protestantism, exploring the Calvinistic Eucharist traditions of the Presbyterians, members of the United Church of Christ, and Methodists (of whatever Wesleyan type). He also provides material pertinent to preaching, study of the Eucharist by laity, and practical local reform that implements recent revision of denominational rites.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687120178
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 786,004
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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Laurence Hull Stookey is Professor Emeritusof Preaching and Worship, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington,D.C., and Pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in Allen, MD. He has authored the following books for Abingdon: Eucharist: Christ's Feast With the Church; Calendar: Christ's Time for the Church; Baptism: Christ's Act in the Church; Let the Whole Church Say Amen; and This Day: A Wesleyan Way of Prayer.

also trylstookey@wesleyseminary.edu

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Prologue 11
1 Central Meanings Behind the Meal 13
Creation as Divine Communication
Covenantal Initiation and Interaction
Christ at Center
The Church: At Once Inadequate and Aspiring
The Coming Kingdom
2 Key Biblical Understandings of the Eucharist 27
Paul's Instruction to the Corinthians
The Suppers in the Synoptics
The Eucharist in the Fourth Gospel
Feasting in Heaven
3 Faith Seeking Understanding 41
Eucharistic Presence as Explained by Platonism
Eucharistic Presence as Explained by Aristotelianism
The Nominalist Challenge to the Status Quo
Luther: Ubiquitous Presence
Zwingli: Memorialism
Calvin: Virtualism
Reformation Interaction and Continuing Issues
4 From Age to Age 63
The Testimonies of Justin Martyr and Hippolytus
The Changing Scene in the Early Centuries
The Middle Ages
The Reaction of the Reformers
After the Reformers
Contemporary Reconsideration
5 Toward a Renewal of Eucharistic Understanding 94
Components of a Renewed Eucharistic Theology
Eucharistic Reorientation Through Teaching and Preaching
6 Conducting the Eucharist 112
Context
The Rite
The Action
The Elements
The Furnishings
The People
7 "That My House May Be Filled" 136
Filling God's House Congregationally
Filling God's House Ecumenically
Filling God's House Evangelically
Epilogue 153
Appendix 1: Extending the Eucharist to the Unwillingly Absent 155
Appendix 2: The Eucharist in Methodism 160
Notes 172
For Further Reading 198
Index of Biblical Texts 204
Index of Subjects 206
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