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)

Our Souls Need to Feed on Christ (Horton)

The Lord's Supper is a great blessing for Christians.  In it, the Lord condescends to feed us with the body and blood of Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit by the faith he's graciously given us.  Paul called it a "participation" or "sharing" in the body and blood of Christ (1 Cor. 10:16). … Continue reading Our Souls Need to Feed on Christ (Horton)

The Lord’s Supper and Assurance

The Lord’s Supper is a holy sacrament that Jesus gave to his church to help strengthen us in the Christian faith.  If you’re a Christian who is weak, weary, full of doubts, and in need of God’s love and grace, don’t avoid the table – go to it with repentant faith.  Thomas Brooks put it… Continue reading The Lord’s Supper and Assurance

We Always Need the Gospel…Always

 I've often told people that if they do not constantly and clearly hear the gospel preached in their church, something is terribly wrong.  They need to 1) pray, 2) lovingly approach the elders/pastor(s), and if change doesn't come over time, they need to 3) find a church that preaches the gospel constantly and clearly.  By "gospel" I… Continue reading We Always Need the Gospel…Always

Models of the Church

Since one of my reading hobbies is ecclesiology I recently picked up and read the newest edition of Avery Dulles' Models of the Church (New York: Doubleday, 2002).  In this book, Dulles summarizes and explains what he thinks are the five major models of ecclesiology in contemporary Christianity: Church as institution, church as mystical communion, church as sacrament,… Continue reading Models of the Church