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Remembrance, Communion, and Hope: Rediscovering the Gospel at the Lord's Table

Remembrance, Communion, and Hope: Rediscovering the Gospel at the Lord's Table


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"Celebrating the Lord’s Supper,” says award-winning author and theologian J. Todd Billings, “can change lives.”

In this book Billings shows how a renewed theology and practice of the Lord’s Supper can lead Christians to rediscover the full richness and depth of the gospel. With an eye for helping congregations move beyond common reductions of the gospel, he develops a vibrant, biblical, and distinctly Reformed sacramental theol­ogy and explores how it might apply within a variety of church contexts, from Baptist to Presbyterian, nondenominational to Anglican.

At once strikingly new and deeply traditional, Remembrance, Communion, and Hope will surprise and challenge readers, inspiring them to a new understanding of—and appreciation for—the embodied, Christ-disclosing drama of the Lord’s Supper. 

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ISBN-13: 9780802862334
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/15/2018
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

J. Todd Billings is Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America. His other books include Calvin, Participation, and the Gift (winner of a 2009 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise), The Word of God for the People of God, and Rejoicing in Lament.

Table of Contents

Foreword Gerald L. Sittser ix

Acknowledgments xv

Abbreviations xix

Introduction: A Wager 1

Part 1 Functional Theologies and Desiring the Word 5

1 Salvation, the Supper, and the Drama of the Triune God 7

2 Embodied Perception and Delight in Christ 30

Part 2 A Catholic and Reformed Theology of the Supper 57

3 Reformed Doctrine and the Promise of the Supper 59

4 Does God Really Act through the Sacraments? 84

Part 3 The Supper and the Gospel in Remembrance, Communion, and Hope 107

5 Remembrance in Union with Christ 113

6 Communion in Union with Christ 137

7 Hope in Union with Christ 169

Conclusion 201

Bibliography 204

Index of Names 213

Index of Subjects 215

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