Two of the most “divisive” things within the christian church is that of the understanding of the Lord Supper and baptism. This has been an issue of contention since the reformation and has never been truly resolve ever since then. So what makes this book different from others on it?
This is part of the 40 questions series, taking 40 questions to uncover a specific topic in the christian faith. Essentially they are similar to books that gives a basic introduction to the various topics but discusses about them slightly more in-depth.
What this book does is it gives you a picture of what the major denominations, including the catholics believe about this 2 sacraments. The authors interact with both scripture and the theological understanding of each of the denominations giving their comments and opinion on what they believe. Essentially they present their understanding of both sacraments based on their understanding of scripture and of their traditions.
What I found especially helpfully is how this book helps pastors think about the practical aspect in these 2 sacraments. For example, the authors discuss about when a child should be baptised (albeit the authors does not hold on to pedobaptism). An immensely practical question for pastors to consider who have very young children who wishes to baptism. Similarly, for the Lord Supper, the authors discuss about questions like how often the Lord Supper should be observed, should unleavened bread be use, is it fine for leaven bread to be use? What about the wine? Is grape juice a suitable substitute? I found these discussion very stimulating in thinking through these issues and am grateful that the authors decided to add these in.
If you want a substantial introduction to these two issue, this is a book to go to, especially if you are interested in dealing with the theological issues in this two topics. This is also a book suitable for the layman since the authors seek to explain the terms as they talk about the issue. For those who wants a Baptist view and evaluation of the Lord Supper and Baptism, this would be a good book to explore.
Rating: 4 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review