Paul and Frank continue their discussion on communion. This episode covers “real presence” and the meaning of “eating” and “drinking” the flesh and blood of Jesus. Rather than dwelling on the theoretical, they dive right into a big-picture view of the Gospel of John by going through the whole story to understand what Jesus meant when He gave that strange commandment.
Paul and Frank continue their discussion on the meaning, origin and practice of communion. This episode covers the purpose of the Levitical sacrifices and the significance blood, more readings from the Didache, whether communion and the assembly should be open or closed, and a little more detail on the way thanksgiving offerings were practiced.
For Further Learning:
- Getting Political
- Rediscovering Communion – Part I
Paul and Frank start a conversation about a Biblical understanding of communion and what it may mean to restore Biblical practice today.
Resources from the conversation:
- Alexander Campbell, The Christian Baptist, “On the Breaking of Bread”
For further reading:
- Lindsay, Dennis R. “Todah and Eucharist: The Celebration of the Lord’s Supper as a ‘Thank Offering’ in the Early Church.” Restoration Quarterly 39 (1997): 83–100.
- Gese, Hartmut. “The Origin of the Lord’s Supper,” In Essays on Biblical Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1981.
- Hicks, John Mark. “Churches of Christ and the Lord’s Supper: Twentieth-Century Perspectives.” Stone-Campbell Journal 13 (2010): 163-176.
- Hicks, John Mark. Come to the Table: Revisioning the Lord’s Supper. Orange, CA: Leafwood Publishers, 2002.
- Thurian, Max. The Mystery of the Eucharist. American ed. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1981.