Note: This review originally appeared on my old site, leahatha.com and was published on December 22, 2011.
Children and the Lord’s Supper (ed. by Guy Waters & Ligon Duncan) is a compilation of essays by scholars in the Reformed faith regarding the issue of padeocommunion. Children and the Lord’s Supper is part of the Mentor imprint from Christian Focus Publishers. The Mentor line of works is written at a level intended for pastors and advanced readers, however, this should not prevent anyone concerned with doctrine from reading the book. Every Christian should be a thinking Christian, and the essays contained in this book will help do just that!
Children and the Lord’s Supper appears to be a polemic response to two works, Daddy, Why Was I Excommunicated? (by Peter J. Leithart) and The Case for Covenant Communion (ed. by Gregg Strawbridge). For those not familiar with the issue, the works by Leithart and compiled by Strawbridge present the case for padeocommunion. Prior to reading this book, I was not familiar with the issue, as we recently moved our membership from a Southern Baptist to a PCA church. Anyone who seeks to see both sides of the issue should read the works that present the case for padeocommunion first as that will make it easier to follow some of the arguments presented in Children and the Lord’s Supper.
As someone who is not a pastor or Bible scholar I found the book to be very readable. I look forward to reading it again after I’ve had time to read the works written to present the case for padeocommunion. My favorite feature of the book is the presentation of the notes in the footnotes section of the page rather than in a separate notes section at the end of the book. I enjoyed learning about the Passover and the Lord’s Supper as they relate to each other, as well as the guidelines for each. I recommend this work to anyone who would like to learn more about the doctrine surrounding this issue.
Christian Focus Publishing provided a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.