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John Mark Hicks, Come to the Table: Revisioning the Lord’s Supper ,  suggests the Table of the Lord is for all … except the rebellious.
Jesus welcomed sinners and tax collectors and prostitutes to his Table, but those who came were invited to come because they could find grace.
Those who came were either curious seekers or sinners looking for grace. But all were invited. Those who did not come were not interested in Jesus or the grace he offered in his fellowship. 
John Mark Hicks suggests that same group is not at the Table today. Those who want no grace, those who think they don’t need grace, and those who have no interest in Jesus … let me put it in a way Jesus did: don’t give what is holy to the dogs. That is, there are sacred things and they are for those who honor the sacred.
Those in the family who do not want fellowship are also not in a state of wanting grace.
The Table is for all, but the only “all” who will come are those who want grace at the Table of Jesus.
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posted July 18, 2010 at 10:40 am

How about those who don’t want to extend grace to others? Are they welcome?

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posted July 19, 2010 at 6:53 am

A self-serving, judgmental theory that fulfills non Christian stereotypes of Christians. The issue is why are n’t people coming to the table? Could it be because those running the table, not those staying away, are the problem? That they themselves are corrupt rather than grace-filled? That the people running the table have alienated those who might otherwise come? And then judge those who’ve necks they’ve put millstones around?

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Leslie Rodgers

posted July 19, 2010 at 11:30 am

Amen, Diane!
Hardly a week goes by that I don’t meet someone who loves the teachings of Jesus, and tries to live each day in accordance with his teachings, but who “does not like Christians”, does not attend a church, and who does not self identify as Christian because of the hesitancy to be seen as self-righteous, judging, and politically far-right-wing.
To follow Jesus is one thing. To follow a church is something else again. Many in the world, at least my part of the world, sincerely want to be like Jesus, but looking at the Christians around them declare, “I don’t want to be like them.”
Are our various congregations as welcoming as Jesus himself?
Are our priorities the priorities of Jesus, or are we putting more effort into maintaining the institutions we create?
It is a puzzlement.

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