Christians are not just called to be transformed into something "better" or even "good," but to be transfigured into a "new creation"--ceasing to be what they are in order to become what they are not. In The Eucharist's Biographer, Albert Walsh proposes that the path to this "distinctive Christian identity" is through the power of the Holy Spirit, as revealed in the unity of Word and Sacrament. With this premise, he unites two powerful traditions: the Proclamation of the Word of the Protestant tradition and the Power of God's Grace in the Eucharist of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions. It is in what Walsh calls the eucharistic-evangel as a whole that the individual and community are subject to the "real presence" of the Christ, who, in the power of the Holy Spirit, is the force behind the transformation and maintenance of Christian identity.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"In The Eucharist's Biographer, Walsh urges us to reconsider the value of the Lord's Supper. Writing as an experienced pastor of over thirty years, Walsh passionately advocates for the importance of this sacrament to regularly accompany the preaching of the Word. . . . Whether one celebrates the Lord's Supper each week or not, Walsh's argument will surely challenge you." --H. Drake Williams III, Professor of New Testament, Tyndale Theological Seminary
"This is a message the church, forgetful of its own identity, desperately needs to hear. Walsh witnesses to the transformative power of the Word and sacrament operating together to nurture conformity with the crucified and resurrected Christ. Counteracting humanity's infatuation with ideologies of self-aggrandizement, Walsh reminds the church that the 'eucharistic-evangel' manifests Christ's identity and presence, and empowers us to die to self in order to be reborn in the image of Christ-like love." --Lee C. Barrett, Professor of Theology, Lancaster Theological Seminary
Albert J. D. Walsh
Albert J. D. Walsh is pastor of Heidelberg United Church of Christ in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. His previous books include Reflections on Death and Grief: Pastoral Insights and United and Uniting: An Ecumenical Ecclesiology for a Church in Crisis, both published by Wipf and Stock.