Insights from Lutheran School of Theology faculty members Kurt K. Hendel and Craig A. Satterlee are featured in the new Mosaic Television DVD "Holy Communion" scheduled to be released December 1.
Satterlee, Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Chair of Homiletics, and Hendel, Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor of Reformation History, talk about the centrality of Holy Communion to the Christian faith and Luther's understanding of the Eucharist and how it shaped our own understanding.
"We have echoes of the Eucharist in all of the meals of Jesus," said Satterlee. "And one of the ways we can think about what the Eucharist is, is to look scripturally at all of those meals."
"The wonder that I found in Luther's understanding is that God always comes down to us," said Hendel. "And the Eucharist, especially if you affirm real presence in some material sense . . .is that God in Christ literally enters us to transform us."
For more information about "Holy Communion" visit Mosaic Television's homepage at http://www.elca.org/mosaic/HolyCommunion/index.html.
The Rev. Dr. Craig A. Satterlee is dean of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program. His latest book is When God Speaks Through Change: Preaching in Times of Congregational Transition. He is a prolific writer and preacher.
The Rev. Kurt K. Hendel is director of the master of arts program at LSTC and the author of numerous articles on Reformation and church history. He is currently engaged in a lengthy research project on the sixteenth-century reformer, Johannes Bugenhagen.