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Josh Kerr —  September 23, 2015

“This is the joyful feast of the people of God! They will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit at table in the kingdom of God.”

This joyful feast we in which we partake at the Lord’s Table is the center of many wonderful memories for me. I remember the conversations I had with my parents before receiving communion as a child. I remember celebrating the Lord’s Supper at summer camp surrounded by dear friends and amazing counselors. I remember the first time I presided at my ordination. The table, appropriately so, is one of the central objects/events of my ongoing faith development.


Another memory I’ll never forget is a time I helped serve communion as an intern at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX. I held the cup while the congregation, including my wife and then two-year-old son, came forward, received a piece of bread from one of the pastors, dipped that bread in the cup, and partook, receiving the holy gift of God’s grace. Continue Reading…

An excerpt from BE HOLY

First Peter states, “be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’”[1] What do you think it means to be holy? We find it again in Ephesians when we read that God “chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy.”[2] And in the last chapter of the last book of the Bible we read, “Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”[3]

The command to “be holy” echoes throughout scripture and should be understood as a challenge to live our lives differently. Over and over we read passages in which God calls us to repent or turn from what we know and reorient our lives in a new direction. God calls us to be holy—to orient our lives in a new direction—to be set apart for, with, and from.

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