Posted by: chuckbumgardner | June 22, 2014

Considerations on the Lord’s Supper (Part 1)


Half a year ago, I solicited from John Taylor of Southwestern a paper he presented at the 2013 ETS annual meeting in Baltimore, as I was unable to attend the presentation. With my interest both in Marshall McLuhan and in liturgy, you can imagine how the title caught my interest: “The Meal Is the Message: The Community Meal as Symbol and Proclamation in First Corinthians.” The paper did not disappoint!

In his essay, John defends this thesis: “A return to the oft-neglected practice of regular common meals for the believing community, with the framing and defining elements of the loaf and the cup, and with the possible presence of outsiders, would more closely fulfill the missiological, theological and ecclesiological intention of the Lord’s Supper as set forth by Paul” (2). In a series of short posts, I plan to highlight a number of intriguing points that John makes in his essay.

Part 2   Part 3  Part 4



  1. […] At Orchard Keeper: Considerations on the Lord’s Supper (Part 1) […]

  2. […] of the questions that John Taylor addresses in his interesting essay “The Meal Is the Message” is whether the early church thought […]

  3. […] John Taylor pointed out to me through his essay was the significance of the verb καταγγέλλω, translated “shew” in the KJV I […]

  4. […] the last couple of posts, I’ve highlighted a couple of the major points from John Taylor’s intriguing essay on the Lord’s Supper in the early church. Here, my purpose is not so much to critique his […]

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