Wednesday, 28 September 2011
The Rob Bell version of Mars Hill, that is, not the Mark Driscoll church. What was interesting was something that happened this past Sunday, he tweeted the following about a Muslim woman:
"Watched members of @marshillorg invite a Muslim woman to the communion table today. You all amaze me. bigjesus"
"@Blogustana For clarification, we practice an open table. Anyone wanting grace is welcome."
"@TheBerker My apologies. I wasn't trying to be cool. I just thot it was cool. We practice an open table. Anyone wanting grace is welcome."
"To clarify, the Muslim woman didn't actually take communion. Even so, taking it would violate her theology more than mine. Open table here"
"@BillyKangas Yes, the word "Sacrament" is from the Latin for "mystery." So I have a lot of room for disagreement on this one."
"@jeffreykauffman I love the Bible. I think Paul is talking to a specific community, like head coverings, slavery, or women being silent."
In contrast to what Shane Hipps is talking about, take the stance that John Calvin took toward the Lord's Supper:
The issue, as always, was the glory of Christ. He wrote to Viret, "I . . . took an oath that I had resolved rather to meet death than profane so shamefully the Holy Supper of the Lord. . . . My ministry is abandoned if I suffer the authority of the Consistory to be trampled upon, and
extend the Supper of Christ to open scoffers. . . . I should rather die a hundred times than subject Christ to such foul mockery" (see note 39).
The Lord's day of testing arrived. The Libertines were present to eat the Lord's supper. It was a critical moment for the Reformed faith in Geneva.
The sermon had been preached, the prayers had been offered, and Calvin descended from the pulpit to take his place beside the elements at the communion table. The bread and wine were duly consecrated by him, and he was now ready to distribute them to the communicants. Then on a sudden a rush was begun by the troublers in Israel in the direction of the communion table. . . . Calvin flung his arms around the sacramental vessels as if to protect them from sacrilege, while his voice rang through the building:
"These hands you may crush, these arms you may lop off, my life you may take, my blood is yours, you may shed it; but you shall never force me to give holy things to the profaned, and dishonor the table of my God."
"After this," says, Beza, Calvin's first biographer, "the sacred ordinance was celebrated with a profound silence, and under solemn awe in all present, as if the Deity Himself had been visible among them". (HT naphtali_deer)
What does communion mean if it is not the essential unity and communion of the Church? Should non-believers receive Holy Communion? And, perhaps most importantly, why was Shane Hipps tweeting during church?
(HT to comingoutcalvinist.com for the heads-up)