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Category Archives: Eucharist


The Lord’s meal is about a body and its blood. The body and blood that the Lord’s meal is about is a body that is broken and a blood that is poured out. Those are the descriptions that matter in the Lord’s meal: broken and poured out. The body of Jesus comes to us broken, […]

Embittering the eucharist

I’ve heard it said many times in various theological discussions that, given the divided state of the church, the eucharist should taste “bitter” to us when we partake of it. What was supposed to be a sign and sacrament of our unity out to taste bitter and penitential, given our manifest disunity. Seems straightforward enough, […]

Supersized eucharist?

According to one study, it looks like over the last thousand years or so our artistic representations of the Last Supper have seen the food portions get bigger and bigger: Has even the Last Supper been supersized? The food in famous paintings of the meal has grown by biblical proportions over the last millennium, researchers […]

Cavanaugh on the Eucharist

William Cavanaugh has an article in the Other Journal on torture and the Eucharist in America. It won’t be anything new to folks that have read any of his books, but its worth a look if you haven’t. Here’s a quote: The Eucharist is not just about seeing the world in a certain way, but […]

The Church as Apocalyptic Event, Baptism, Eucharist, and Discipleship

Continuing this series of responses to Steve Long‘s queries about “filling out” some of the details of what conceiving of the church as apocalyptic might mean, here is his third question: Would [an understanding of the church as apocalyptic event] acknowledge the necessity of the relation between baptism (and thus a commitment to a life […]

Eucharist, Eschatology, and World in the Ecclesiology of Bulgakov

My own installment of the 2008 Bulgakov Blog Conference has just been posted over at Land of Unlikeness. I have re-posted it here, but please direct all comments to TOU to support the discussion over there. My thanks to Dan for all his hard work of organizing and patience with us contributors. Here is my […]

True Radicality

“What is truly radical…is not that God rewards those who help the poor; what is truly radical is that Jesus identifies himself with the poor.  The pain of the hungry person is the pain of Christ, and it is thus also the pain of anyone who is a member of the body of Christ.  If […]

Trinity and Hospitality

Most of us have seen Rublev’s ikon of the Hospitality of Abraham in which the Trinity is portrayed as three angelic persons in communion around a table.  Now, of course many of us are predisposed to immediately point out the theological problems with the ikon, the most glaring of which is its seeming portrayal of […]

What Makes a Sacramental Theology “High”?

One of the things that often gets kicked around in ecclesial discussions is the issue of a “high” versus a “low” sacramental theology.  However, there are some interesting ambiguities that I note in most of these discussions.  In the first place, I find it odd that whenever we are talking about “sacramental theology” we are […]

Eating and Death

One of the issues that is often glossed over in reflections on the Eucharist is the reasoning behind the fact that through our eating a meal together, we proclaim the death of Jesus.  Today, one would not normally associate death with a celebratory meal; meals are an instantiation of life, not context of commemorating a […]

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