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This is a wonderful, comprehensive, and engaging invitation to deeper understanding of and participation in the Lord's Supper. This will be a most useful book for pastors and congregations. --William H. Willimon, author of Sunday Dinner: The Lord's Supper and the Christian Life

I have been fortunate to hear Dr. Hicks' Come to the Table in oral form. Our church family spent a month studying and implementing it. It has helped many see the Lord's Supper as a joyous community event that focuses on the Risen Christ instead of a solemn and solitary reflection on his death. Instead of silence, there is sharing. Instead of sorrow rooted in gruesome memories, we experience table fellowship and joy. Readers will be challenged. Those who implement its insights will be blessed. --Rubel Shelly, preaching minister, Family of God at Woodmont Hills, Nashville, TN

About the Author

John Mark Hicks is professor of theology at Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee. He holds a PhD from Westminster Theological Seminary. His most recent books are Yet Will I Trust Him: Understanding God in a Suffering World and a commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Leafwood Publishers (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971428972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971428973
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Damien Lawrie on September 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
Contrary to the views espoused by the previous reviewer, Come to the Table is a felicitous call to imbue our time of communing around the "Lord's Table" with all that it was intended.

Whilst I take issue with much of gallantknights review, in my assessment he correctly notes several things:

* It is indeed a scholarly presentation, but it is far from unreadable and quite engaging at times

* Much of Dr Hicks' points are indeed based on Old Testament precedent, and rightly so. Hicks' ably brings to bear the covenental symbolism Jesus purposefully gives the Lord's Supper. From its relationship to the passover in particular, to the relationship between altar sacrifice and the ensuing table fellowship this book offers much insight into the desire of God for communion with and among His people.

* Hicks' historical survey of meals in both the Old and the New Testaments is a highlight of the book and provides the structure for most of it. His exegesis of pertinent passages is accurate, as noted, but the discerning reader will struggle to find examples of ignoring context, inspite of gallantknight's warnings. I find it strange that he would list Hicks' treatment of Acts 2:46 as an example of denying context, when the author's exposition of this verse was based solely on the immediate context. Those who would deny a reference to the Lord's Supper in that particular verse must wrest it from the text to disallow the clear flow of thought and terminology found in verse 42.

In this book Hicks' unapologetically presents an image of the Lord's supper that stands in stark dissonance to the practice of most contemporary traditions. This in several ways is a brave move for someone with a heritage in the Restoration Movement, as it invites(?!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James A. Lee on January 15, 2011
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Come to the Table: Revisioning the Lord's Supper is an interesting treatise concerning the manner in which the Eucharist is observed in modern Christianity. This book takes the reader through a journey from the Scriptural attestation, a brief early Christian witness, and a modern application in 205 short pages. John Mark Hicks' treatment of this debated, diversely observed, and often divisive issue is fair-minded and communicated in a conversing manner. Come to the Table invites the reader to do just that, come and dine with the master, who is host of the table.

The Table discussion has long been a controversial subject amongst believers. The debate of trans-substantiation vs. con-substantiation has raged for ages. Zwingli and Luther debated the manner in which the table was conducted and sparked a reformation dialog the carried on for centuries. Is it really that simple? Or is it actually much simpler? Some questions that lack answers normally, receive an admirable treatment in Come to the Table. Some of them include,

* What is discerning the body?
* What is eating and drinking unworthily?
* What is the table of demons and the table of the Lord?

I really enjoyed this book for it scriptural substance. Hicks is very purposeful in painting the picture of what the Lord's Table was according to Luke, Acts, and 1 Corinthians. You begin to find yourself seated at table with not only the Lord and his disciples, but also with those whom Paul is addressing in Corinth. Giving data from the Old Covenant, showing more clearly the data of the New, and modernizing our approach for today all come together quite well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sigmund Podlozny Jr. on July 3, 2007
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This is a must read for pastors and congregations alike, who have lost the "communion" of the "Lord's Table". Luke says in Acts 2:46 that "they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts...." Does this sound like the silent, solemn, individualistic celebrations we have in our churches today? John Mark Hicks' reflection in his book is found throughout the First and Second Testaments. As Congregations we need to revisit the original meaning "Lord's Supper" according to biblical and theological values as found in "Come to the Table: Revisioning the Lord's Supper" by John Mark Hicks. As a pastor I needed to read the book and so has my congregation.

The Reverend Sigmund Podlozny, Jr., MDiv, Pastor
Faith United Community Church
Dewey, Arizona
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donner C. S. Tan on January 19, 2009
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My church (Church of Christ) went through a two-month long series of sermons using this book as a guide and framework and what came out of it was a reconfiguration of the Supper as a time of fellowship around the table. We have come to appreciate the richness of the Lord's Supper which though a simple meal encapsulates the multi-dimensions and depths of the gospel story. Set in the context of the church's liturgy, the time of Communion takes on a different character each Sunday as a different event of the Christ's story is read and reflected on.

John Mark Hicks rightly points us to the focus of the meal as Communion, which is the divine creative intent as well as the eschatological goal of the redemption story. Beginning from the creation narrative through the sacrifices in Israel, the table-fellowships of Jesus, the discussion of the Lord's Supper in Paul's letters and the development of the table in church history, Hicks gives us a grand overview of how the Lord's Supper stands within the rich tradition of God's people, ancient and new, as a central practice that anticipates the perfect communion at the marriage supper of the Lamb.

He contends as his central thesis that the 'altar' perspective that has shaped much of Western practice of the Lord's Supper which has tended towards private, penitential introspection should not have overshadowed the 'table' character of the Lord's Supper, which encourages oneness, interaction, hospitality, giving and sharing around a meal. To put it in geometric terms, the vertical orientation of the Lord's Supper should be balanced by the horizontal. Hicks makes the good point that while the cross is the ground for the Lord's Supper, it is the Resurrection that is the focal celebration.
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