Children at the Lord's Table?

Cornelis P. Venema

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Children at the Lord's Table?

Children at the Lord s Table A growing trend among Reformed churches is the practice of admitting young children to the Lords Supper In Children at the Lords Table Cornelis P Venema provides an insightful analysis of the theore

  • Title: Children at the Lord's Table?
  • Author: Cornelis P. Venema
  • ISBN: 9781601780591
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A growing trend among Reformed churches is the practice of admitting young children to the Lords Supper In Children at the Lords Table , Cornelis P Venema provides an insightful analysis of the theoretical arguments used by advocates of this recent trend After clarifying terms and explaining arguments often made in favor of paedocommunion, he considers the history of thA growing trend among Reformed churches is the practice of admitting young children to the Lords Supper In Children at the Lords Table , Cornelis P Venema provides an insightful analysis of the theoretical arguments used by advocates of this recent trend After clarifying terms and explaining arguments often made in favor of paedocommunion, he considers the history of the churchs confessions, teaching, and practice regarding the proper recipients of the Lords Supper Presenting a historical, exegetical, and systematic treatment of the subject, Venema demonstrates the validity and value of having covenant children partake of first communion subsequent to their personal profession of faith This is an invaluable resource for every pastor within the Reformed tradition.

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    1. Peter B. on said:

      I had been meaning to read this book for a while, and I am glad I finally did. From my experience with paedocommunionists (those who believe that communion should be given to all who are baptized, including children who have not made any statement of faith), Dr. Venema seems to accurately portray their arguments. The main argument Venema counters is the claim that to deny the Lord Supper to children until they are able to examine themselves and profess their faith contradicts the idea that they [...]

    2. Zach McDonald on said:

      First off, I'd like to say that the last chapter is the most significant chapter of this book and really the only chapter that need be read - unless you are looking for more specific arguments. In the last chapter, the author provides a summary of all of his arguments, including a helpful critique of Federal Vision.Overall, I did not find the argument presented here to be entirely convincing - though I wanted it to be. I lean towards paedocommunion for covenantal not sacramentalist reasons, and [...]

    3. Jon Sedlak on said:

      I was raised according to Venema's position, and so I can sympathize with a majority of his concerns. But exegetically, this book does not properly represent the pro-paedocommunion side of the argument, and it also avoids some of the most obvious biblical passages in favor of paedocommunion.

    4. Jacob Young on said:

      Helpful on many points, especially the chapter on Reformation era teaching on the Lord's Supper. Self-referential and highly redundant (e.g. "I will talk about X later" happens far to often), with an over use of personal pronouns (e.g. "I'm inclined",etc.). The book could have been about 3/4 the size with better editing. Good points on several key texts, but due to the style it was unconvincing at times where it could have been stronger.Personally, I am a Baptist and found many of the arguments [...]

    5. Jerry on said:

      I reviewed this pig chapter by chapter at ye old blog jwowen, but suffice to say I found it lacking. It gets two stores on the positive side because of a good essay on the covenant at the end which I think contradicts his baptistic view of kids: baptize them because they been given promises, but make them give another type of profession (which remains undescribed and ambiguous) before admitting them to the Table. Weird.

    6. Kirk on said:

      If nothing else, Venema is very careful in his reasoning, verging on the pedantic. He is even-keeled and keeps on task. However, he doesn't deal with some of the objections leveled against the reformed tradition of excluding covenant children from the Table. So in the end, his assessment is largely unsatisfying.

    7. Frode on said:

      Clearly written, logically put together, I think Venema does a good job of defending the non-paedo communion position.

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