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A Theology of The Eucharist: Recommended Resources

What Every Christian Needs To Know About Passover: What It Means And Why It Matters
By Rabbi Moffic

This Past Sunday, Scot McKnight challenged us to understand the deep connections between our practice of the Eucharist and the Jewish practice of Passover. Who better to unpack these connections more for you than our dear friend Rabbi Moffic. You may remember him from his last visit to The Practice teaching on Sabbath – such a helpful and enriching perspective. His new book literally just came out this past February, and is written in a helpful and clear manner to Christians to help them better understand Passover. What a gift in light of Scot’s message this past Sunday! May this bless you in your learning of the Eucharist.

 

The King Jesus Gospel: The Good News Revisited
By Scot McKnight

If you really enjoyed Scot’s teaching and are wondering which of his books would be worth starting with, we have to recommend his pivotal work The King Jesus Gospel. It’s a wonderful vision of community, culture and the gospel, that will give you new eyes for gospel theology and its impact on evangelism.

Contemporary evangelicals have built a “salvation culture” but not a “gospel culture.” Evangelicals have reduced the gospel to the message of personal salvation. This book makes a plea for us to recover the old gospel as that which is still new and still fresh. The book stands on four arguments: that the gospel is defined by the apostles in 1 Corinthians 15 as the completion of the Story of Israel in the saving Story of Jesus; that the gospel is found in the Four Gospels; that the gospel was preached by Jesus; and that the sermons in the Book of Acts are the best example of gospeling in the New Testament. The King Jesus Gospel ends with practical suggestions about evangelism and about building a gospel culture.

The Story of the Lamb
Sermon By Tim Keller

In light of Scot McKnight’s exploration of Passover, we are excited to recommend this helpful sermon by Tim Keller drawing connections between the Passover Lamb and Jesus as the Lamb of God.

One of the major narrative plot lines of the Bible is the story of the lamb. It runs all through the Bible, beginning with the story of Abraham being asked to kill Isaac, continuing with the Passover in Egypt, and running through the Passover supper with Jesus and his disciples. In all of these cases a lamb is offered as a sacrifice for a debt. In John 1, John the Baptist tells us to “behold the lamb of God,” meaning to soak in and understand who Jesus is and the debt he paid for us with his death.

If you didn’t already know, our good friends The Brilliance have a wonderful song that is worth playing on repeat as we dive into our Eucharist and Mission series…

 

Holy Week Resources

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We’re continuing to share resources throughout the beautiful journey of Holy Week. Enjoy and explore today’s recommended article, sermon and visual liturgy to aid you in your worship this Holy Week.

I was speaking with a friend today who encouraged me to make this extraordinary week of preparation for Easter extraordinary in my own life through my worship and practices. How amazing to realize just how extraordinary and momentous this week has always been in the life of the church – and what a privilege to celebrate it freely and joyfully! However you feel led this Holy week, may you find ways to make this extraordinary week extraordinary in your life.

Grace and Peace to you!

Jenna and The Practice Team

 

 

Recommended Resources

The King We Needed, But Never Wanted  by Marshall Segal on Desiring God

Check out this challenging article that explores the call to Calvary – to follow Jesus so that we may die, and rise again!

“To truly live, we must surrender to the King we really needed, not the one we might have imagined for ourselves.” – Marshall Segal

The Crucifixion by Tim Keller

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus howled this agonized cry ast his execution. How could any good come from such a seemingly horrible end? Check out this sermon in which Tim Keller ponders the depths of what is surely most horrible, yet most wonderful question ever asked.

Leaving Ourselves at the Altar by The Work of The People

Over the past months we’ve recommended a variety of visual liturgies created by our talented friends over at TWOTP – check out this beautiful visual liturgy of “An Easter Benediction” by Kelly Ann Hall

Message: “Lent and The Examen”

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Fr Michael

Fr Michael

On Sunday (03.08.15) night, Fr Michael Sparough SJ gave one of the most insightful, winsome, and compelling messages I’ve heard in a long time.  The way he talked about Lent both stretched and deepened how I engage this holy season.  And, of course, his invitation into The Examen was brilliant.

May his words invite us deep into active practice.  And may the practice invite us deep into the heart of God, for the sake of the world.

Here is the message (and Examen meditation)…

Download his message here.

Grace and peace,
Aaron