When: 7:00 pm Saturday April 28, 2018 Where: J.P. and Christina's place: 13600 Jacks Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22192 Topic: The Eucharist: What is the the nature of Jesus's presence in the Lord's Supper? RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org -- Remember to bring a side dish, dessert, or beverage to share
"This is my body."
Those four words of Jesus and the nature of their meaning in Christian worship has been debated by many since the start of the 16th century. From the road to Emaeus to the earliest earliest decades of Christianity, we see the centrality of the Eucharistic celebration or the Lord's supper to Christian worship.
But what exactly is it, and what happens through this memorial? I hope you can join us on Saturday April 28th for the first Faith Discussion Dinner in more than a year where we'll discuss: The Eucharist: What is the the nature of Jesus's presence in the Lord's Supper?
We're holding the discussion at our home in Woodbridge, and we have two terrific presenters for this month's discussion.
Presenting a Protestant perspective is Dr. Bradford Littlejohn (Ph.D in Theology and Ethics, University of Edinburgh, 2013) is President of the Davenant Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the retrieval and renewal of classical Protestantism at the intersection of the church and academy. He also teaches philosophy at Moody Bible Institute—Spokane. He is very active as a writer for both scholarly and popular audiences in the fields of Reformation history, historical theology, and Christian ethics, though his particular focus and passion is 16th-century English theologian Richard Hooker. He is the author of The Mercersburg Theology and the Quest for Reformed Catholicity (Pickwick, 2009); Richard Hooker: A Companion to His Life and Work (Cascade, 2015), The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty (Eerdmans, 2017), and The Two Kingdoms: A Guide for the Perplexed (Davenant, 2017). He has also served as an editor for more than ten books, including both new scholarship and new editions of older works. His particular theological interests lie in the areas of eucharistic theology, Christology, ecclesiology, and political theology
Presenting the Catholic position is Dr. Will Diem. Will is a visiting professor of theology at St. Thomas Aquinas University in Houston and an adjunct progressor at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia. Will received his doctorate in sacred theology from the Angelicum in Rome in 2012, his licentiate from the Dominican House of Studies, and his undergraduate degree from Christendom College. Will's disertation was on "Circumstances that Determine the Morality of Human Acts in St. Thomas Aquinas and his commentators: Fundamental Unresolved Problems." Will is the youngest of seven children and grew up on a farm in rural Carroll County, Maryland.