Why the Lord’s Supper? (Calvin)

 One of my favorite essays on the Lord's Supper is John Calvin's work called "Short Treatise on the Supper of Our Lord, in Which is Shown Its True Institution, Benefit, and Utility."  This essay is clear, it's based on Scripture's truths and principles, it points us to Jesus, and it gives a great summary of… Continue reading Why the Lord’s Supper? (Calvin)

The Reformation Rejection of Transubstantiation

  In the context of the 16th century Protestant Reformation the Roman Catholic Church taught (and still teaches) that the Lord’s Supper is a divine sacrifice in which Jesus is offered in a bloodless manner.  Rome teaches that Christ is “truly, really, and substantially contained in the propitious sacrament of the holy Eucharist under the… Continue reading The Reformation Rejection of Transubstantiation

Athanasius and Calvin on the Holy Supper

  Here’s a helpful section from an interesting book: Worshiping With The Church Fathers by Christopher Hall. “Athanasius’s understanding of the Eucharist is remarkably similar to that of John Calvin, the sixteenth-century reformer.  Calvin believed Christ was spiritually present in the bread and wine of the Eucharist after the invocation (epiklesis) of the Holy Spirit,… Continue reading Athanasius and Calvin on the Holy Supper

Holy Communion: Rome v Reformed

While studying the historical and theological background of the Lord's Supper (part of which I posted a few days back), I came across this helpful summary of the differences between Rome's understanding of the Mass and the Reformed understanding of the Lord's Supper.  It is found in Francis Turretin's Institutes of Elenctic Theology (vol. 3,… Continue reading Holy Communion: Rome v Reformed

Sunday with Justin

Martyr, that is.  I've begun a long and awesome trek through the 10 volume Ante-Nicene Fathers (Ed. A. Roberts & J. Donaldson [Peabody: Hendrickson, 2004]).  I wanted to invest in a good theology/history set and "covenant" with myself to read it straight through, so the patristics won over Barth for now.  The next few months,… Continue reading Sunday with Justin