Book Review – Spreading the Feast: Instruction and Meditations for Ministry at the Lord’s Table (18/8)

As a Christian who attends a brethren church, one of the things I appreciate the most is that we partake the Lord Supper weekly. I am reminded weekly of my need for Christ and His gracious love towards me. Yet, many a times, my understanding of the Lord Supper remains ever so shallow.

Spreading the Feast: Instruction and Meditations for Ministry at the Lord's TableSeeing this book, I was eager to see how this will help me grow in this area. Howard Griffith has written this book to help christians and pastors have a deeper understanding of the Lord supper whenever they partake of it.

The book is divide in 2 parts. The first explains the significant and theology of the Lord supper. The 2nd acts mainly as meditations on the Lord supper. These can be taken as topical sermons on the Lord supper. Two of them focus on the fulfilment aspect of the Lord Supper, The other on the application of union of Christ

So who is the book for? I would think this book is meant primarily for lay christians who wants a deeper and clearer understanding of the Lord Supper. The 3 mediations will prove to be especially helpful for christians to see the continuity of the bible. For pastors though, I would not recommend this to be a book for you to get. You will probably need a book that gives you more meat for the theology of the Lord Supper. Other resources will be able to better meet your needs.

Rating: 4 / 5

If you’re interested you can get it here and here (free international shipping), kindle.

Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Book Review – 40 Questions About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (40 Questions & Answers Series) (31/8)

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?

40 Questions About Baptism and the Lord's SupperThis 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

If you are interested, you can get it here and here (free international shipping).

Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Book Review – Health and Wholeness Through the Holy Communion (21/8)

What is the holy communion? Within this book, Joseph Prince says the Lord’s Supper for your health and wholeness. In 3 short chapters Prince, wants to convey the message that the Lord Supper is not memorial, rather it is a means of blessing for christians.

Health and Wholeness Through the Holy CommunionFirst, Prince reflects on his past experience of how he has always been afraid of partaking the holy communion in an unworthy manner and thus sometimes even forgoes it. Prince wants christians to no longer live in such fear, rather he wants them to embrace and grasp the blessings that God has given in the Lord Supper.

First, Prince suggests to the readers that the drink represents Christ’s blood that cleanses us from our sins. But what about he bread? Prince says that the bread is the means by which we receive health or wholeness through it. Prince uses Mark 7:26-28 to make this point and thus brings forward his next teaching on this topic.

Prince tells believers that by partaking the Lord Supper, blessings such as health and healing will come their way. This is why they should not stop partaking the Lord’s Supper. If they do, they are preventing themselves from receiving this blessings. Lastly, Prince punctuates within his books with various testimonies of how people have received miraculous healing through their parking of the Lord’s Supper.

As a whole although I firmly disagree with what Prince is saying. He writes in an engaging and easily understandable manner. What I find most lacking within this book is how Prince proclaims a very shallow understanding of what the Lord’s supper is. Is wholeness and health all there is to it in the Lord’s Supper? I suppose not. As such, I would not recommend anyone to read this book.

Rating : 2 / 5

If you’re interested, you can get it here and here (free international shipping), kindle.

Credo Magazine (27/5)

Yesterday, I blogged about a need for the churches today to go back to faithful exposition of God’s Word.

Came across this the current issue of Credo Mag that talks about the essentials of a Church.

You can get yours free here.

In it, it talks about entertainment vs preaching, the idol of success in our churches, preaching, church discipline, baptism and also the Lord’s Supper.

Here’s a sneak peek of the definition of preaching by Dennis Johnson.

Preaching is (1) proclamation, explanation, and application (2) of the Word of God written, in relation to its integrating center—Christ, the only Mediator between God and man—(3) by a man called by God, gifted by the Holy Spirit, and growing in Christlikeness, (4) to people made in God’s image but alienated and marred by sin and its toxic byproducts (5) in the presence of God (6) to serve as the Spirit’s means of grace by which he replaces unbelieving hearts of stone with believing hearts of flesh, and then brings immature children of God into conformity to Christ, (7) to the glory of God in his church.