Posts Tagged ‘eucharist’

Meditation from Spurgeon for a Eucharist at IBTS

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Recently Keith Jones noted in this blog the suggestion that there might be a dialogue – campaign? – to change the attitudes of truly baptistic churches about the Eucharist and his own resolution for 2009 – to engage in that dialogue via the means of this blog and to make it a theme in the theological forum at Amsterdam 400. I have what might be a rather heavy contribution to this – but not too heavy for our discerning IBTS community bloggers, I’m sure. It is a meditation I gave some time ago at an IBTS Eucharist.

In this celebration of the Eucharist [I said] I want to use, for our meditation, some ideas from C.H. Spurgeon. (more…)

Developing baptistic Eucharistic communities

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Thank you to those who responded to my comment on the very ‘Zwinglian’ Lord’s Supper I endured a couple of weeks ago in Washington DC. My friend, Curtis Freeman, and others, suggested a dialogue – campaign? – to change the attitudes of truly baptistic churches. So, here is my resolution for 2009 – to engage in that dialogue via means of this blog and to make it a theme in the theological forum at Amsterdam 400.

For the benefit of new readers let me assure you we have a weekly celebration of the Eucharist at IBTS (was it not the great Jean Calvin, beloved of some, who said “infrequent celebration of the Eucharist is the very work of the devil?” – though, of course, he said it in French.). (more…)

Peace and Reconciliation at the EBF Council in Lisboa

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Though the theme of the EBF Council was “Creation Care and Environment”, perhaps the most notable moment came on the Friday night when Archbishop Malkhaz (Georgia Baptists) invited us to a celebration of the Eucharist and prayers for peace in the troubled region of Ossetia and Georgia. Using a “shortened” version of the eucharistic liturgy of John Chrysostom he co-celebrated with Karin Wiborn (Swedish Baptist Union). The small lecture room assigned for the purpose was soon overcrowded as EBF Baptists, of every liturgical persuasion and non, gathered around the table and joined in the liturgy. We prayed fervently for peace and reconcilation in the region, we shared the one cup of rich Georgian wine offered to us with delicate Swedish tones offering us the “blood of Christ”.  And there it was – an ancient liturgy of the one Church of Christ shared by Baptists from many nations led by Georgians and Swedes. Powerfully, again, the conviction was re-inforced in me that the eucharist is a meal which unites, overcomes, heals and sustains. I leave the sun of Portugal more determined than ever to develop at IBTS a eucharistic community!

– Keith