Who should participate in the Lord’s Supper? How frequently should we observe it? What does this meal mean? What happens when we eat the bread and drink from the cup? What do Christians disagree about and what do they hold in common? These and other questions are explored in my book, Understanding Four Views of the Lord’s Supper. This volume in the Counterpoints series from Zondervan allows four contributors to make a case for the following views: • Baptist view (memorialism) • Reformed view (spiritual presence) • Lutheran view (consubstantiation) • Roman Catholic view (transubstantiation) All contributors use Scripture to present their views, and each responds to the others’ essays. This book helps readers arrive at their own conclusions. It includes resources such as a listing of statements on the Lord’s Supper from creeds and confessions, quotations from noted Christians, a resource listing of books on the Lord’s Supper, and discussion questions for each chapter to facilitate small group and classroom use.
After this book was published in 2007 I engaged with my friend Fr. Thomas Baima in a dialogue hosted by Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church on a Sunday evening. Until recently this dialogue was not available on the Internet but today we make it available for the first time.
If you wonder what the “boot” is on my right foot it is a surgical boot used after one of my three surgeries on that foot. It still gives me fits today so now we are treating it for inflammation. Since I walk like a “nut” as part of my daily routine I can never get it to stop barking at me but it is much better right now.