Scripture… as we live it

I came across this series of posts by Alan Knox in which he “get us to think about what Scripture says compared to how we actually live and what our traditions teach.” Here is the original post (#1). I haven’t read all of them (there are over 180), but as I started going through them, this one particularly caught my attention:

Now as they were eatinginstead of eating a meal, Jesus tookbreadsmall pieces of bread that had already been broken, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cupseveral small cups, one for each of them, and when he had given thanks hegave it to thempassed them out, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:26-28 re-mix)

“Several small cups, one for each of them…” Funny ’cause it’s true.

The whole series is here… 

3 thoughts on “Scripture… as we live it

  1. Matt

    That’s interesting stuff. I was reading his first post and found this in one of the comments that struck me:

    “…through the official teaching institutions of the denominations, ‘trained’ leaders have a mindset which causes them to equate faithfulness to Scripture with faithfulness to the peculiar teachings of the denomination, or institution in which they were trained….who delineate what is the acceptable way to function, as well as which Scriptures have a line drawn through them.”

    I don’t believe that the Bible offers an absolute pattern we should follow but the questions raised are profound, that if we’re saying that it’s not to be followed literally then what ARE we following instead and how aware are any of us (especially leaders) of what that really is?

    I think your willingness to really face these issues with openness and humility will serve you well in your service to others so keep being willing!

  2. Toni

    One ‘discussion ‘ that’s going on is about the need for a special patten and chalice that are set aside so we may partake of the heavenly meal appropriately. Oh, and you must wear special robes and be licensed by the Bishop to do it too.

    :-/

    I’ve come to the point where I am very wary of anything with the idea of sacrament draped over it, because we’ve taken something that was plain, simple and normal and made it religious and mystical. And, usual, un-biblical. I have an ache for a communion to involve the church gathered in a circle with half a loaf being passed around each side and people talking, sharing, praying, laughing, hugging, enjoying each others company. And we must break bread with those that come over for dinner more often.

  3. Rick Wadholm Jr

    At least once a year I depart from our normal tradition for the Eucharist and instead break the bread (a single loaf) and we use a single cup (or more of a fancy bowl) where we dunk the bread instead of drinking from the cup. As we do this we sing a hymn together passing the elements and seeing that all have opportunity. It is one of my favorite times of the year.

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