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Celebrating the Lord's Supper


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DR EDISON MUHINDO KALENGYO is an Associate Professor of New Testament at Uganda Christian University, Mukono, Uganda, and is ordained in the Church of the Province of Uganda. He holds a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and has taught courses in New Testament, Greek, Missions, African Biblical Interpretation, Christian Spirituality, Church Leadership, and Management at both undergraduate and graduate levels. His experience in serving rural parishes raised his awareness of the eucharistic famine that prevails across Africa. Dr Kalengyo is married to Dorothy, and they have three children, Mwesigwa, Alinda and Ahebwa.


Celebrating the Lord's Supper in Africa is a very refreshing and thought provoking work that challenges one's thinking about the place and significance of the Lord's Supper for the Christian church, especially in Africa. The book poses an apt challenge to the African church to reflect deeply and make the gospel real in its context. That "It is high time for us to find practical ways in which the Lord's Supper can be inculturated in socio-cultural groups across Africa" is a most passionate appeal that cannot be ignored. It is a challenge to our thinking both in African Christian theology and in the development of African liturgy that truly reflects the distinctive cultural experiences of African worshippers. Doing this without abandoning biblical principles is important. This book is relevant to all, and scholars and pastors will have a lot to interact with. Even if you have a divergent opinion, Dr Edison Kalengyo has started a discussion that cannot be ignored and raised an issue that is significant for spiritual development. I am grateful to Dr Kalengyo for this approach, and for articulating this issue of the Lord's Supper succinctly. With this we shall continue to engage. More significant about this work is that it is written by an African living in Africa and for the African peoples. Thus, it is authentic and I warmly commend it. The Rt Rev Stephen Ayodeji A. Fagbemi, PhD Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Owo, Nigeria As Edison Kalengyo makes clear, there is a spiritual famine across Africa because so few of the Lord's people are being fed at the communion table. With a pastor's heart and a theologian's depth and clarity, he uncovers not only the causes for this famine but many practical and biblically sound approaches to its remedy. This brief, lively and very readable book belongs in the hands of every pastor and pastor-to-be on the continent. It is African theology at its best. Joel A. Carpenter, PhD Director, Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

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