The Meal Jesus Gave Us, Revised Edition
In this introductory volume, perfect for Protestant new member and confirmation classes, acclaimed theologian and writer N. T. Wright explains in clear and vivid style the background of the Last Supper, the ways in which Christians have interpreted this event over the centuries, and what it all means for us today. This revision includes questions for discussion or reflecti...more
Seriously, you can read this whole thing in under an hour, and every page packs a punch. Well worth your time to gulp this one down and start thinking about it for days afterwards.
This is something that could easily be read in a ...more
Written with the combination of style and careful scholarship that we have come to expect from the author. Good to be refreshed with the heart of the matter.
Personally, I was just a little disappointed at the end to read the comparatively unfounded comments about church buildings and ordained people being preferred and/or necessary. In my mind those comments undermined some of what had been previously explained about the compelling simplicity and power of the communion meal.
This is not an extensive theological treaties on the practice of holy communion but it is a beautiful and clear introduction to the sacrament that binds us together in unity.
Worship Matt Stafford
NT Wright Book Report
NT Wright Book Report
The Book “The Meal Jesus Gave Us” was a very short read and full of great information. I think I will reread the book so I can get a better idea of it. There were a few concepts that jumped out at me.
“Christians believe that in Jesus God's future came rushing into the present to meet us. It isn't just that we were chugging along a railway line, steadily moving towards a distant destination. At one particular moment we d ...more
I was hoping for something more biting and profound, as so much of Wright can often be. That's not his intention here. Just a simple little primer on the Lord's Supper. Gracefully written, devotional. Theologically correct (from a mainstream Anglican perspective -- pretty much in agreement with Calvinist folks), but not beholden to his tradition for tradition's sake.
For all his imme ...more
I picked this up because I've been interested in finding out how/why/when communion went from being part of the Passover meal (1st time in the upper room with Jesus and the disciples) to just bread and a grape-based drink now. Liked how Wright sets the stage for understanding the significanc ...more
The last few pages go more into the liturgy of Communion as Wright adheres to in his church, and though valuable, are no ...more
The second half of the book goes into more detail about the historical theologies which formed to answer the difficult questions that arose when theologians dug deep into the meaning and practice of the Eucharist. He goes on to ...more
As a Lutheran Pastor, I do feel that the Author leans a little too strongly to the Anglican approach - however he is an Anglican Bishop so that is to be expected - and should not dissuade anyone from reading this. I enjoy having gentle challenges, and I do think the Author is being gentle.
In the last chapter, the Author does offer some interesting challenges: that those who are ...more
Wright is strongest when drawing from the Scriptural story and drawing you into it. He's weakest when defending the peculiarities of high church liturgy.
A final weakness of the book is it's call to ecumenism tack ...more
A good book on the subject.
Chances are, if you come from a free church background, you can learn from the high church guys or at least tighten up your sacramental theology.