Video: Should the Lord’s Supper Have a Sombre Tone?

Today’s question: “I am wondering about your take on whether the Lord’s supper should be a somber event of introspection or a joyous meal of celebration. My understanding is that throughout church history it has been observed more as a somber event, but through the works of people like Leithart and Jordan I have come to see it as mainly a celebration of God’s kindness and favor.”

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About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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One Response to Video: Should the Lord’s Supper Have a Sombre Tone?

  1. Orja says:

    Thanks, Alastair for this! I really enjoyed it and particularly found insightful your point on the Scripture’s focus on meals after Jesus resurrection. But I have two ‘quick’ questions surrounding the Lord’s Supper.
    (a) In light of the recently concluded Muslims celebrations, what does a biblical theology of the Lord’s Supper actually say to Christians and what restrictions might it place on eating with Muslims during Ramadan or Sallah? I am also wondering if the Lord’s Supper does have implications for the Christian appetite and might have pastoral applications say for gluttony or food obsessions? I doubt the latter question makes sense but I am thinking wild?

    (b) This probably isn’t a question but I find it interesting that Jesus first states that the disciples will fast when the bridegroom is not with them and calls them also to feast and remember him often through the Lord’s Supper while he also will ‘fast’ and not take the meal till it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God. These themes of fasting and feasting sort of remind too of how you mean no tone should be neglected.

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