I previously wrote on the summary of Christian views on the Lord’s Supper dating from the 1st to the 3rd century. I couched this from the outset with the choice offered by the Anglican prelate James Ussher to consider whether the fathers not only taught that bread becomes Christ to us or that we might … Continue reading The Lord’s Supper. Part Three: The Early Church, 4th-5th Century
What follows will be a post, or posts, on the Lord’s Supper in scripture and the early church. It’s something I’ve been meaning to write for awhile but to be honest I’ve found it, as a subject, in many ways much more complicated than baptism. The first ever ‘long’ post I did early on was … Continue reading The Lord’s Supper. Part One: Introduction and Scripture
In my last post I wrote up a reflection I had on the Nicene Creed and I've been continuing to have a think about what it is I believe and attempting to put this in writing. I've since gone away and had a go at writing up my views on the church as it stands. … Continue reading The Body of Christ
Last night I watched the Prime Minister announce what some are calling a lockdown in response to the spread of coronavirus across the UK. My own work has had me working from home for several weeks now and whilst some aspects have been a challenge I’m already doing what the Prime Minister is asking of … Continue reading Life Amidst Coronavirus
A group I frequent online posted the below clip of the relatively well known US author pastor Francis Chan talking about the reason people gather for Church. I was amazed by his answer because, with some disagreements on the history of his answer, I otherwise found myself in total agreement with him. That the main … Continue reading Francis Chan and Holy Communion
I recently read an article on the distinctive way in which the Church of England has historically served communion. It opened: For three hundred years the Church of England was unique among all other churches across the world in relation to where the minister was to stand. The Book of Common Prayer rubric from 1552 … Continue reading Inspired by the North Side. Reimagining my Parish Church.