Alex Bryan @ the One project, Seattle 2016 - The Meal

0:25: This is the experience of those who are frontiersmen. This is the experience of those who dare to be at the front. And I want to say to all of you gathered: church administrators, local church pastors, students, lay leaders, a thousand frontier woodsmen gathered here at the edge of the kingdom. Do not give up the fight. Do not give up hope. For as we follow Jesus, we will draw this church into a glorious future. Whatever you are feeling, do not give up.

Jesus, Luke 22:19 [And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (omitted from citation)], says: Do this!

Do this in remembrance of me!
Do this in reaction to me!
Do this in response after me!
Do this with regard for me!
Do this dancing rhythm with me!
Do this breath to be revived by me!
Do this to wage revolution under me!
Do this in remembrance of me!
Do this!

So, what exactly is it that we have opportunity to do just moments from now?

Perhaps a short refresher is in order. And so I think that we might turn to some of the more thoughtful reflectors on scripture of this generation. [And he cites from]:

  • C. T. McMahan, Meals as Type-Scenes in the Gospel of Luke (PhD diss., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1987): - "Of all the means by which Jesus could have chosen to be remembered, he chose to be remembered by a meal. What he considered memorable and characteristic of his ministry was his table-fellowship"
  • Gordon T. Smith - He has a Ph.D. from Loyola School of Theology and he draws on the vast tradition of the church – Ignatius of Loyola, John Wesley and Tilden Edwards. Spiritual Direction (2014) has a For Further Reading list which includes:
  • N T Wright
  • Eugene Peterson
  • historian Martin Marty
  • Cristine Pohl, professor at evangelical Asbury Theological Seminary. She contributet to the Emergent Village resource book Justice in the Burbs: Being the Hands of Jesus Wherever You Live (2007) where she wrote chapter 9: Location and Theology of Place..
  • Leonard J Vander Zee (M.Div., Calvin Theological Seminary) - quoted from Christ, Baptism and the Lord's Supper: Recovering the Sacraments for Evangelical Worship (2004) endorsed by Robert Webber
  • Eugene Peterson (quoted from the lutheran theolog Joachim Jeremias, professor at The University of Göttingen, in Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, A Conversation in Spiritual Theology (2005), p. 214
  • Ellen G. White
  • Dr. Robin Meyers, minister, peace activist, philosophy professor and author of seven books on Progressive Christianity and credits Marcus Borg as a major theological influence. His Spiritual Defiance (2016) is endorsed by John Dominic Crossan, Phyllis Tickle, Brian McLaren. The Underground Church (2012) advertises Falling Upwards by Richard Rohr, endorsed by Mehmet Oz.


  • Was it just a coincidence that Ales Bryan chose The Meal as title of his speach when his tutor Leonard Sweet released hs latest book, From Tablet to Table: Where Community Is Found and Identity Is Formed, last year?

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