A Holy Meal: The Lord's Supper in the Life of the Church [NOOK Book]

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"This is my body," said Jesus at the Last Supper. What did he mean? Throughout church history, there have been various interpretations of his words. These differences have caused denominational ruptures that have yet to heal.

In A Holy Meal, Gordon T. Smith shows that we cannot appreciate the Lord's Supper until we understand it. In light of the renewed attention given to the sacraments by all branches of the church, he examines the historic interpretations and seeks common ground among believers. In the ...
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A Holy Meal: The Lord's Supper in the Life of the Church

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Overview

"This is my body," said Jesus at the Last Supper. What did he mean? Throughout church history, there have been various interpretations of his words. These differences have caused denominational ruptures that have yet to heal.

In A Holy Meal, Gordon T. Smith shows that we cannot appreciate the Lord's Supper until we understand it. In light of the renewed attention given to the sacraments by all branches of the church, he examines the historic interpretations and seeks common ground among believers. In the process, he shows how the Lord's Supper can infuse new meaning into the church as it confronts the forces of postmodernism and secularism.

A Holy Meal is essential reading for Christians who want to ponder the Lord's Supper again--perhaps truly for the first time.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The heart of this edifying book about the Eucharist is seven meditations on words associated with that Christian rite: remembrance, communion, forgiveness, covenant, nourishment, anticipation and eucharist (literally, "thanksgiving"). In these reflections, Smith (Beginning Well; On the Way) reminds us that symbols and rituals have meaning. The altar, he says, is a place where Christians have fellowship with God and with one another; at the altar, believers are drawn into God's forgiveness of sins. Communion reminds believers of the heavenly feast they can anticipate. If Smith's claims are not startlingly original, he does provide a concise and useful index of Eucharistic thinking. Theologically, he casts a broad net, drawing on various Christian understandings of the Eucharist and showing how different Christian communities can learn from one another. He defers to a diverse array of writers and theologians, from fourth-century bishop Cyril of Jerusalem and 16th-century reformer John Calvin to contemporary liberation theologian Gustavo Gutierrez and feminist literary critic Carolyn Heilbrun. Although the first two chapters are dry and academic, those who make it to the seven central chapters will be rewarded with a rich feast indeed. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441242792
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • File size: 400 KB

Meet the Author

Gordon T. Smith (PhD, Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University) is president of Ambrose University College and Seminary in Calgary, Alberta. He is also the president of reSource Leadership International and has taught at Regent College, Vancouver. He is the author of a number of works in theology and the spiritual life.
Gordon T. Smith (PhD, Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University) is president of Ambrose University College and Seminary in Calgary, Alberta. He is also the president of reSource Leadership International and has taught at Regent College, Vancouver. He is the author of many books, including Beginning Well and A Holy Meal.
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Table of Contents

Part 1: Eating, Symbol, and Sacrament

1. Eating and the Reign of God
2. The Sacramental Principle

Part 2: Seven Words

3. Remembrance: The Lord's Supper as a Memorial
4. Communion: The Lord's Supper as Fellowship with Christ and with One Another
5. Forgiveness: The Lord's Supper as a Table of Mercy
6. Covenant: The Lord's Supper as a Renewal of Baptismal Vows
7. Nourishment: The Lord's Supper as Bread from Heaven
8. Anticipation: The Lord's Supper as a Declaration of Hope
9. Eucharist: The Lord's Supper as a Joyous Thanksgiving Celebration

Part 3: Concluding Observations

10. The Presence of Christ and the Ministry of the Spirit

Scripture Index
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