Shadow Meal: Reflections on Eucharist

Overview

Many protestant Evangelicals struggle to find meaning in the Lord's Supper. There many be theological positions to be held and certain religious protocols to be observed, but for many the Eucharist remains merely a symbol of remembrance and as such, an elusive connection to the table of Jesus. As new conversations take place about the emerging and missional church, the value of the ancient come from non-sacramental backgrounds, the Eucharist can easily become a utilitarian ...

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Overview

Many protestant Evangelicals struggle to find meaning in the Lord's Supper. There many be theological positions to be held and certain religious protocols to be observed, but for many the Eucharist remains merely a symbol of remembrance and as such, an elusive connection to the table of Jesus. As new conversations take place about the emerging and missional church, the value of the ancient come from non-sacramental backgrounds, the Eucharist can easily become a utilitarian addendum to alternative church experiments.

In reflecting on the invitation from Jesus, quoted by Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, to "do this, ", the question is asked, "What is this? "Shadow Meal Challenges the idea that this is something containable or negotiable and suggests instead that this has much more to do with the invitation and presence of Jesus than it does with ecclesiastical practices or prescribed rituals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608993604
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/10/2010
  • Pages: 140

Meet the Author

Michael McNichols served for ten years as a pastor and is now Director of Fuller Theological Seminary's Regional Campus in Irvine, California. He is the author of The Bartender: A Fable about a Journey and a contributor to Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross: Contemporary Images of the Atonement.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Richard J. Mouw ix

Prologue: The Bite of Eucharist xi

1 Lutheran Humiliation 1

2 Necessary Symbol 3

3 Real Bread, Real Wine, Real Jesus 10

4 Don't Ask, Don't Tell 16

5 Coffee Creamer Communion 21

6 What is This? 23

7 Identifying with Jesus 26

8 You Had Me at Unworthy 28

9 A Dangerous Table 32

10 Re-Membering 37

11 Eucharistic Chainsaw 40

12 Same Height from the Floor 44

13 Beer Nuts and Holy Ground 49

14 Keeping the Porch Light On 54

15 The Riskiness of Grace 57

16 Primary and Secondary Signs 60

17 Enough Offense for Everyone 66

18 Getting My Order Right 68

19 Resolving Dreams 71

20 When Jesus Leaves the Table 74

21 "What Did That Man Do? " 77

22 Getting Sin on Us 81

23 Priests for Everyone 85

24 No Heretics Allowed 88

25 Ordination 91

26 Manners at the Table 94

27 Eucharist and Prayer 97

28 Coming Late to Dinner 101

29 The Shadow Meal 105

30 Pirate Communion 109

31 Places at the Table 112

32 The Eucharistic Shape of Mission 117

33 Rules of Engagement 120

34 Looking for Jesus at the Table 123

Bibliography 127

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