Book Review: This Do In Remembrance of Me

This Do in Remembrance of MeThis Do in Remembrance of Me by Arie Elshout
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book is a Dutch reformed treatment of the Lord’s supper. It’s a blend of introspective, puritanic pietism and expositions of confessions, catechisms, and liturgies of men more so than Scripture. There were some surprising statements here and there, like something about Christ as prophet, priest, and king and how we can receive him as one now and the others later. The Lord’s supper was pushed as a sacrament that confers grace to the partakers. Elshout made a reference to Hebrews 4:16, but slipped “the Lord’s table” in there where “the throne of grace” is, making that quite a different statement. I’m afraid the heavy introspectionist approach has the net effect of making the Lord’s supper more about self-examination than the sacrificial death of Christ. It has some good, but there are better books on the subject.

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Book Review: The Purposes of The Lord’s Supper

The Purposes of the Lord's SupperThe Purposes of the Lord’s Supper by Peter Masters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a clear and concise treatment of the Lord’s Supper. Masters focuses on the central meaning of the Supper. I would sand some points here and there, but found it helpful. I especially appreciate how he focused on the broken body and shed blood of Jesus and didn’t try to artificially enhance the solemnity of the Supper by adding extraneous rules that seem good to man.

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Book Review: The Lord’s Supper

The Lord's SupperThe Lord’s Supper by John F. MacArthur Jr.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book combines four sermons MacArthur preached on the Lord’s Supper from Matthew 26:17-30 and 1 Corinthians 11:17-34. These are not sermon transcripts, but more extensive outlines. There is some overlap between the sermons. Overall, it’s a helpful study. He didn’t get into some issues surrounding the supper, and he probably addressed some we don’t hear frequently. I differ with some of his interpretive conclusions and also in some of the underlying theological assumptions. It is certainly worth having if you are studying those passages, or the Lord’s Supper more generally.

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Book Review: The Lord’s Supper as the Sign and Meal of the New Covenant

The Lord's Supper as the Sign and Meal of the New CovenantThe Lord’s Supper as the Sign and Meal of the New Covenant by Guy Prentiss Waters
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This short book devotes a lot of space to covenant theology. It’s a typical Presbyterian treatment—covenant as the controlling theme of all scripture, two-covenant theology, etc. the actual treatment of the Lord’s Supper was decent, but basic.

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Book Review: Church Planting is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That do Extraordinary Things

Church Planting Is for Wimps (Redesign): How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things (9marks)Church Planting Is for Wimps (Redesign): How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things by Mike McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Every pastor or preacher needs to read this book. Of those, especially the young preacher/pastor should read it. The older, experienced preacher/pastor should read it. The middle aged pastor/preacher should read it. Church members should read it to.

McKinley gives a view through his own eyes of the work of church revitalization. I don’t know the stats, probably most churches in this country are in a state of decline. Some recognize it and are happy to change things, just as long as the church continues doing everything the way it’s always been done and adding nothing new. Some don’t recognize it and will committedly go down with the ship. Others recognize but don’t know what to do or how to do it. As a young preacher who will eventually become a pastor, you will get one of those churches. This book will be a help to you.

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