Before You Come to the Lord’s Table… (Bavinck)

One thing Paul said about sharing in the Lord's Supper is that "everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup" (1 Cor. 11:28 NIV). This is a longer and deeper discussion, to be sure. But from these words one thing we can say is that there's a… Continue reading Before You Come to the Lord’s Table… (Bavinck)

Eating & Drinking [Eternal!] Judgment on Ourselves? (Henry)

  In 1 Corinthians 11:29, in the middle of Paul's discussion of the Lord's Supper debacle in the Corinthian church, he wrote this: "For the one who eats and drinks without careful regard for the body eats and drinks judgment against himself" (NET). It's not uncommon for Christians to read this text and think: "If… Continue reading Eating & Drinking [Eternal!] Judgment on Ourselves? (Henry)

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)

Young Children at the Table? (Letham)

 Here's a good short summary of why confessionally Reformed churches have historically not allowed young children to participate in the Lord's Supper: Recently, a growing number have advocated paedocommunion - giving communion to infants and very young children who have not made a public profession of faith.  Two factors have encouraged this.  One is a… Continue reading Young Children at the Table? (Letham)

Christians Celebrating the Passover? (Ursinus)

Z. Ursinus, "Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism" It is a trend in some Christian circles and churches to host and celebrate Jewish feasts or meals that are connected to the Passover.  You don't have to look too hard online to see what I mean.  I suppose it's one thing to watch a video or read… Continue reading Christians Celebrating the Passover? (Ursinus)