In this practical book for those who serve the Lord’s Supper, Howard Griffith provides an understanding of the sacrament and twenty-eight pastoral meditations that span both the Old and New Testaments. Spreading the Feast will help students to understand different facets of the Lord’s Supper and pastors to form their own words of explanation and exhortation as they minister at the Table, proving especially helpful to those who celebrate communion frequently.
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When my local church asked me to preside at the Lord’s Supper once a month, I worried that in time I would run out of ideas. But, as it turned out, the meaning of the Lord’s Supper and its applications to the Christian’s life and thought are inexhaustible. Every time I prepare an introduction to the communion service I learn something new. I have also learned much from books by other writers about the Lord’s Supper. Most recently I have profited greatly from Spreading the Feast by my colleague Howard Griffith. Howard begins with a concise Reformed theology of the sacrament, then presents a number of his own table addresses from his long pastoral experience. His treatment is biblically sound, and he opens up rich themes, of which some pastors may be unaware. The book will be very useful for pastors and students of theology. I recommend it highly
—John M. Frame, J. D. Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary
Are you a Christian who wonders what you should be thinking about at the Lord’s Supper? Or perhaps a pastor at a loss to know how to help your people taste the riches of Christ at Communion? Then Spreading the Feast is the book for you. Professor Howard Griffith puts us all in his debt by his clear and rich exposition of the meaning of the Supper. But he does much more than that. Reclaiming the older tradition of “table sermons,” he simultaneously provides both a model for pastors and soul-nourishing teaching to help us all to discover the joy of union and communion with Christ. So “taste and see that the Lord is good”
—Sinclair B. Ferguson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Redeemer Seminary
Dr. Howard Griffith writes both as a warm-hearted pastor and as a clear-headed professor. As someone trying to straddle these worlds, I found that Spreading the Feast was just what I needed. A dip into these pages immediately offered new and helpful thoughts about the Lord’s Supper; a dive into the book has already changed the way in which I celebrate this sacrament with God’s people. If you love the written Word and visible Words of God, this book will be a treat!
——Chad Van Dixhoorn, Chancellor’s Professor of Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
Howard Griffith (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) was emeritus professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America.