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Remembrance, Communion, and Hope

, 2018
ISBN: 9780802862334

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In this book Billings shows how a renewed theology and practice of the Lord’s Supper can lead Christians to rediscover the full richness and depth of the gospel. With an eye for helping congregations move beyond common reductions of the gospel, he develops a vibrant, biblical, and distinctly Reformed sacramental theology and explores how it might apply within a variety of church contexts, from Baptist to Presbyterian, nondenominational to Anglican.

At once strikingly new and deeply traditional, Remembrance, Communion, and Hope will surprise and challenge readers, inspiring them to a new understanding of—and appreciation for—the embodied, Christ-disclosing drama of the Lord’s Supper.

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Key Features

  • Calls for a true and full celebration of the Lord’s Supper
  • Explores multi-denominational approaches to the Lord’s Supper
  • Brings biblical theology to bear on contemporary church practice


  • Part 1: Functional Theologies and Desiring the Word
    • Salvation, the Supper, and the Drama of the Triune God
    • Embodied Perception and Delight in Christ
  • Part 2: A Catholic and Reformed Theology of the Supper
    • Reformed Doctrine and the Promise of the Supper
    • Does God Really Act through the Sacraments?
  • Part 3: The Supper and the Gospel in Remembrance, Communion, and Hope
    • Remembrance in Union with Christ
    • Communion in Union with Christ
    • Hope in Union with Christ

Praise for the Print Edition

Todd Billings is one of our leading interpreters of John Calvin. He has given us here a superb study of Eucharistic theology in the Reformed tradition. A call to think deeply about what it means to encounter Jesus Christ in Word and sacrament.

—Timothy George, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

A rich, thick, pastoral and theologically sensitive approach. . . . The Lord’s Supper needs to be baptized into the Bible’s most significant texts as well as into the riches of the deep traditions of the church. Todd Billings does just that! In Remembrance, Communion, and Hope we watch a sensitive Christian dip us into the death of Christ and then raise us up with Christ to discover a hope that swallows up death in victory.

—Scot McKnight, Northern Seminary

Todd Billings has done it again. In the clear and heartfelt prose we have come to expect, he presents a constructive theological project in the ‘catholic-Reformed tradition’ that attends in equal measure to the importance of disciplined human action and to the sovereign and gracious activity of the triune God. Here he calls the church to renewal through deep engagement with the Lord’s Supper as the ‘true icon’ of the good news of Jesus Christ, the form of the gospel that we can taste and see. Take this book and savor it. It will do you good.

—Martha Moore-Keish, Columbia Theological Seminary

  • Title: Remembrance, Communion, and Hope: Rediscovering the Gospel at the Lord’s Table
  • Author: J. Todd Billings
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2018
  • Logos Release Date: 2019
  • Pages: 236
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Lord’s Supper; Mystical union
  • ISBNs: 9780802862334, 0802862330
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T02:44:55Z

Dr. Billings approaches the discipline of theology with a commitment to the ministry of the church. His varied experience in Christian ministry includes work in community development in Uganda, teaching theology in Ethiopia, working on staff at a Boston-area homeless shelter, and serving his local church in various leadership roles. He is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America. Dr. Billings’s special interests include Reformed theology, the sacraments, salvation, and theological hermeneutics. His first book, Calvin, Participation, and the Gift: The Activity of Believers in Union With Christ (Oxford, 2007) won a 2009 Templeton Award for Theological Promise, awarded internationally for the best first books of scholars in theology and religious studies. He is also author of The Word of God for the People of God: An Entryway to the Theological Interpretation of Scripture (Eerdmans, 2010), and co-editor of Calvin’s Theology and Its Reception: Disputes, Developments, and New Possibilities (Westminster John Knox, 2010). Dr. Billings has lectured in Europe, South Africa, and the United States, and has published in a variety of journals, including Modern Theology, Harvard Theological Review, Missiology, and International Journal of Systematic Theology, as well as periodicals such as Christianity Today, The Christian Century, and Sojourners. II

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  1. Felmar Roel Rap. Singco
    The Holy Eucharist ― the holy eating and sacred drinking of the divine-human Body and Blood of the LORD Jesus Christ — is central to the theology espoused by the LORD Jesus Christ Him Self in the sacred Gospel accounts. We remember that many of His disciples, on first hearing this all most "cannibalistic" doctrine of the LORD, considered it quite bizarrely violent, and hard to accept, that they left Him and ceased from be coming His disciples. But many of the LORD's teachings are hard sayings, and quite hard to accept for the less believing, but the Churches and we Christians have no choice but to accept them and to do them, be cause they proceed from no less than the LORD Him Self, the one and only Son of God the Father. But now, we under stand, how beauty full, how true, how full of symbolisms and realities, and how essential, this holy doctrine is: that, just as our physical bodies need food and sustenance in order to survive, our spiritual souls need spiritual foods and sustenance also, and this by hearing and imbibing the holy Words of God, and by sacramentally eating and drinking the holy Body and sacred Blood of our LORD Jesus Christ in Christian liturgies and communions (the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist).


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