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Who should participate in the Lord’s Supper? How frequently should we observe it? What does this meal mean? What happens when we eat the bread and drink from the cup? What do Christians disagree about and what do they hold in common? This volume in the Counterpoints: Church Life series allows four contributors to make a case for the following views: Baptist, Reformed, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic.

Contents and contributors:

• “Baptist View: Christ’s Presence as a Memorial,” Russell D. Moore

• “Reformed View: The Real Presence of Christ,” I. John Hesslink

• “Lutheran View: Finding the Right Word,” David P. Scaer

• “Roman Catholic View: Christ’s True, Real, and Substantial Presence,” Thomas A. Baima

Author Bios

Russell D. Moore

Russell D. Moore

Russell Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. The Wall Street Journal called him “vigorous, cheerful, and fiercely articulate.” He is the author of several books, including Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches. He and his wife Maria are the parents of five sons.

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I. John Hesselink

I. John Hesselink is Albertus C. Van Raalte Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. He is the coauthor of Understanding Four Views on the Lord’s SupperBeauty Given by Grace: The Biblical Prints of Sadao Watanabe, and Calvin’s Theology and Its Reception: Disputes, Developments, and New Possibilities.

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Thomas A. Baima

Former Associate Pastor of Our Lady of the Wayside Parish in Arlington Heights and Saint Damian Parish in Oak Forest; Former Director, Archdiocese of Chicago, Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; Former President, Illinois Conference of Churches, Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago and O’Hare Interfaith Chapel Corporation. Trustee, Emeritus Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. Author of Concordat of Agreement Between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Lessons on the Way Toward Full Communion. Co author of Understanding Four Views of The Lord’s Supper. Contributor to A Sourcebook of the World Religions; A Blessing to Each Other: the Writings of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin on Catholic/Jewish Relations; The Community of Religions: Voices and Images from the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions. Member of the American Academy of Religion, American Catholic Philosophical Association, National Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Officers and North American Academy of Ecumenists.

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