Category Archives: Around the Lord’s Table

What can happen when we invite Jesus to share table fellowship?

In Luke 7:36-50 Jesus was invited to one of those religious societies that were very popular in the Holy Land in the first century. A visiting rabbi would be welcomed to give a talk at their evening meal on some … Continue reading

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Two recurring, atmospheric suppers

Participation in the meal Israel’s Passover instructions contain clues to the meaning of ‘the Lord’s Supper’ – both meals would involve each participant’s whole being. Action – with one’s hands Moses explained that this Spring festival would include symbolic action: … Continue reading

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The simple picnic that gave rise to a massive shake up

All four Gospels recount Jesus’ miraculous feeding of five thousand people with a boy’s lunch of five bread rolls and a couple of sardines, after which all twelve apostles collected a wicker tray [Greek kophipos] of leftovers (Matthew 14:13-20; Mark … Continue reading

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The penitent rebel’s substitute

Where better than tribal Africa to see biblical truths enacted in vivid meaningful drama in real life situations? W F P Burton was a Pentecostal missionary who spent most of his adult life in what was then known as the … Continue reading

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The kaleidoscope of memory

Memory enables us to recall the past, makes sense of the present and plan the future. Remembered information Books and courses on How to Improve Your Memory focus mainly on the storage and recollection of factual information, offering techniques as … Continue reading

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‘Simply to Thy cross I cling’ (Augustus M. Toplady)

Sheltering at the cross The Rev Toplady wrote the hymn ‘Rock of Ages’ after sheltering in a massive cleavage in a rock face near his home when caught on a walk in a cloudburst of rain. He was reminded of … Continue reading

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Sharing in Christ’s body and blood (1 Corinthians 10:16-17)

1 Corinthians 10:16-17 The words most often used when we break bread are ‘in remembrance’ and ‘this reminds us of’.  But should we not also emphasise these two important terms that Paul uses repeatedly in this nine-verse paragraph (verses 1 … Continue reading

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Ruth’s first communion

The brief Old Testament book of Ruth tells a dramatic love story – ‘From Ruin to Royalty’. At a crucial midpoint in the narrative a heavenly sunbeam spotlights what we might call the poor young widow’s first communion: when the … Continue reading

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Remember Jesus Christ

‘Listen to this, Dad,’ said my son Ian as he read from the quality-bound English Standard Version we had given him that day as a 48th birthday present. ‘Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead’ (2 Timothy 2:8). I had … Continue reading

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Promise of a bumper harvest from unpromising small beginnings

            Prophets of restoration Haggai, a ‘get up and go for it’ kind of preacher, promised ‘the remnant of the people’ (Haggai 2:2) – those few home-coming exiles – immediate blessing ‘from this day forward’ (Haggai 2:18-19) after several recent … Continue reading

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Participating in the Gospel – a matter of ‘This and That’!

[] The Good News is ‘that’ … and … ‘that’ (1 Corinthians 15:1-11) Paul taught the new believers in Corinth the essentials of the gospel as a simple formula, summarised in four key points, each introduced by the adverb ‘that’: … Continue reading

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Jesus’ sale price – why ‘thirty pieces of silver’?

Matthew’s is the only Gospel to specify the value of the fee paid to Judas Iscariot by the temple authorities for Jesus’ arrest (Matthew 26:14-15; 27:3, 9; contrast Mark 14:10-11; Luke 22:3-5). As a former tax-man he was trained in … Continue reading

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Jesus is not ‘mourners’ bread’ but ‘the living bread’

An intriguing text My interest was hooked on finding a cryptic reference in Jeremiah 16:7 to breaking bread in association with a cup to drink, because on most Sundays throughout my long life I have witnessed ‘the Lord’s Supper’ – … Continue reading

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‘It’s a sight for sore eyes’

When God instituted the Passover meal through Moses (Exodus 13:9), from which the Lord’s supper derives, he said: ‘it shall be to you as a sign on your hand [something to touch] and a memorial between your eyes [something to … Continue reading

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‘I will lift up the cup of salvation’ (Psalm 116:13)    

Psalm 116:13           In John’s Gospel chapter 6 Jesus had much to say concerning himself as ‘the bread of life’. The other item of the Lord’s Supper, ‘the cup’, is variously named in Scripture: ‘the cup of … Continue reading

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He had to die so that …

Little Colton had died. In the months after his resuscitation he would, from time to time, mention a snippet or two of what he had experienced when he saw Jesus. For instance, his father thought to test his four-year-old son’s … Continue reading

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Eating in with Jesus

At the Captain’s table An agoraphobic recluse is hardly likely to book his annual vacation on a cruise ship. It’s more the dream of sociable souls. And for them, an invitation to dine at the captain’s table would be an … Continue reading

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Don’t just moon around moonstruck! Start to worship

As the moon waxes and wanes it not only controls the earth’s tidal waters but seems to affect some human mood swings, hence the term lunatic for people with symptoms of unstable emotions and erratic behaviour (from luna, Latin for … Continue reading

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