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Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

Ending the Eucharistic Famine

Author: Kalengyo, Edison Muhindo

Publisher: HippoBooks

ISBN: 9781783684090

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Africa is suffering a severe famine – a famine for the Lord's Supper. Many Christians have forgotten or have never known the nourishment this spiritual feast brings. Others long for it but are denied the opportunity to partake. In Celebrating the Lord’s Supper: Ending the Eucharistic Famine, Dr Edison Kalengyo pleads on behalf of those who are suffering. This book identifies the ecclesiastical and economic reasons for the famine and suggests how they may be alleviated. Kalengyo also urges African churches to draw on the continent’s rich, ancient cultural heritage when celebrating the Lord’s Supper to fully appreciate this biblical feast and the communion it brings with God and fellow believers.

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper in Africa is a very refreshing and thought provoking work that challenges one’s thinking about the place and significance of the Lord’s Supper for the Christian church, especially in Africa. The book poses an apt challenge to the African church to reflect deeply and make the gospel real in its context. That “It is high time for us to find practical ways in which the Lord’s Supper can be inculturated in socio-cultural groups across Africa” is a most passionate appeal that cannot be ignored. It is a challenge to our thinking both in African Christian theology and in the development of African liturgy that truly reflects the distinctive cultural experiences of African worshippers. Doing this without abandoning biblical principles is important. This book is relevant to all, and scholars and pastors will have a lot to interact with. Even if you have a divergent opinion, Dr Edison Kalengyo has started a discussion that cannot be ignored and raised an issue that is significant for spiritual development.

I am grateful to Dr Kalengyo for this approach, and for articulating this issue of the Lord’s Supper succinctly. With this we shall continue to engage. More significant about this work is that it is written by an African living in Africa and for the African peoples. Thus, it is authentic and I warmly commend it.

The Rt Rev Stephen Ayodeji A. Fagbemi, PhD

Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Owo, Nigeria

As Edison Kalengyo makes clear, there is a spiritual famine across Africa because so few of the Lord’s people are being fed at the communion table. With a pastor’s heart and a theologian’s depth and clarity, he uncovers not only the causes for this famine but many practical and biblically sound approaches to its remedy. This brief, lively and very readable book belongs in the hands of every pastor and pastor-to-be on the continent. It is African theology at its best.

Joel A. Carpenter, PhD

Director, Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity

Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Price: £8.99
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