Posts Tagged ‘Eucharist’

People of Bread

Monday, November 8th, 2010 by Wolfgang Vondey

Bread is a remarkable food. Growing up on bread in rural Germany, I often contemplated why the Church used paper-thin, tasteless substitutes to represent the bread at the celebration of the eucharist. As a child, I was a regular visitor at the local bakery, which belonged to a friend’s father. The aroma of the freshly baked loaves filled the entire building, and we couldn’t wait to eat the first slice. The corner piece was generally the most desired part of the bread, although we also enjoyed eating the entire loaf with our hands, starting from the center. In the 1980s, bread took on new forms to entice the community: sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or sesame seeds were added to the dough and, when baked, created a nutty scent that was almost irresistible. Getting together was as simple as putting bread on the table. At church, little was found of that table fellowship. Read the rest of this entry »

Pentecostal Sacraments?

Thursday, September 9th, 2010 by Dale M. Coulter

Historically Pentecostals have understood water baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and foot washing to be ordinances rather than sacraments. That is, they are rituals instituted by Christ, but not designed to mediate grace in any way.

In his new book, Pentecostal Sacraments, Daniel Tomberlin seeks to challenge this idea by claiming that Pentecostal spirituality actually operates within a sacramental framework that stands in tension with the claim that such ritual practices are simply ordinances. This sacramental framework is best understood in terms of the Pentecostal (and Holiness I might add) desire to see the worship service as centered upon an encounter with God at the altar (101). Ordinances are sacramental because they are also places of encounter. Read the rest of this entry »